Here's a ZDNet blog entry by David Berlind
on software patents and free software. "After losing to Eolas, Microsoft, was forced to remove important plug-in functionality from Internet Explorer. Firefox, on the other hand was not. Eolas has turned out to be an open source benefactor, allowing open source developers access to its intellectual property. In other words, in an extremely unusual twist of fate, a patent worked against commercial software and in favor of open source software to the point that the open source software had a distinct usability advantage over commercial alternatives.
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