When software patents works against you

AP reports about “Court: Microsoft violated patent; can’t sell Word

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a $290 million judgment against Microsoft Corp. and issued an injunction that will prevent the sale of its popular Word software.The court injunction is set to go into effect Jan. 11. Microsoft has said such a bar would prohibit the sale of all currently available versions of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office.

Is it time to have a second thought about Red Hat statement of position on software patents ?


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6 responses to “When software patents works against you

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  2. Rahul Sundaram

    Whats the connection between Microsoft getting a injunction and Red Hat?

  3. Hi Rahul,

    Red Hat was one of the major voices against software patents. Microsoft is known to use and exploit software patents for it’s own good. But now it worked against them, and I do hope it would make the to give this issue a little more thought.

  4. Why dosn’t Blogger support trackbacks ? here is my thoughts about this – http://myrtfm.blogspot.com/2009/12/word.html (Hebrew)

  5. Mark

    Hmmm, the text of the AP article that I linked is not quite the same as that quoted in the blog post, so perhaps it’s a different article?

    For example, from the article that I linked:
    “But people looking to buy Word or Microsoft’s Office package in the U.S. won’t have to go without the software. Microsoft said Tuesday it expects that new versions of the product, with the computer code in question removed, will be ready for sale when the injunction begins on Jan. 11.”

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