Posted Nov 15, 2010 17:34 UTC (Mon) by FlorianMueller
In reply to: Pure propaganda
Parent article: Red Hat's Secret Patent Deal and the Fate of JBoss Developers (Gigaom)
You're doing everything to reaffirm my impression that your comment was pure propaganda, including that you make a completely false claim about something having been said that was never said. This shows you run out of facts-based arguments, so you present untruths.
If I take TomTom, the settlement was achieved the moment they took an OIN license. Furthermore, Microsoft acknowledged indirectly that the settlement was a direct result of this action, and finally it caused them to rethink their direct attack strategy.
The first part is right as a coincidence but doesn't mean any causation. Microsoft's other patent cases were all settled similarly quickly (except for the current one with Motorola). Apparently all those companies just tested Microsoft's determination and they all ended up agreeing to royalty payments (according to the announcements) when they saw Microsoft was serious and did go to court.
But the "acknowledged indirectly" part is absurd. Here's the announcement that was made. There's nothing whatsoever in it that would suggest an acknowledgment of the OIN's role. Nothing at all. So unless you can present evidence for what you claimed, you can't be considered a reliable source of information in this context.
Let me assure you that my criterion for the OIN's effectiveness is not related to the abolition of software patents but to what you say: does it protect the Linux and open source ecosystem from patent threats? And looking at what has happened and what is happening, the OIN just tries to create its own legend by claiming that it helped TomTom (although the announcement makes it clear to me that TomTom lost) and I don't see that the OIN has changed Microsoft's calculus thereafter. After TomTom, Microsoft collected patent royalties from a number of other companies, on Linux, including much more significant companies than TomTom (examples: Amazon, Salesforce, HTC, ...).
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