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Posted Dec 7, 2005 19:21 UTC (Wed) by BrucePerens
Parent article: A look at the Patent Commons Project and OIN
Sony and Philips are not companies that are particularly enamored of Open Source software, and their participation in OIN makes the motives behind it suspect. Sony has never been helpful to Open Source developers - details of their equipment required to make drivers, etc., are never made available. Linus used to carry Sony laptops and swore off them after it became clear the company wasn't willing to help make the Linux kernel work better on its own equipment.
Philips walked off of W3C after the royalty-free patent policy for W3C standards was announced. Philips has also been lobbying very strongly for increases in European software patenting, and Sony did so in Japan.
These companies aren't interested in Open Source. They want to win the battle for software patenting. And they will use OIN to justify to European legislators that the software patent problem has been "solved" for Open Source.
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