Theft is of IP is allowed without recourse when you are in a contract with MS

Posted by TxtEdMacs on Oct 26, 2004 3:29 AM EDT
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A clause Microsoft has in licensing agreements with manufacturers that prevents companies from suing it for patent and copyright infringement if they suspect their own software technology has ended up in the Windows operating system. The commission says the clause hurts fair competition and discourages Japanese manufacturers from innovating because they can't sue for damages. Microsoft says the clause is legal and benefits consumers.

This is a very interesting take on the legality of theft of IP as long as this party sees itself in the dominant position. It hates free and open source software - but it just loves to use other entities closed source without payment or acknowledgement. [I may be too harsh - I guess if forced to it might admit to have lifting the code/idea/...]

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It's not exactly "theft" is it? phsolide 1 2,616 Oct 26, 2004 7:16 AM

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