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Possible MS-Irony?

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  • Omer Zak
    http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/4357/53/ Symantec is suing Microsoft about intellectual property developed by Veritas and acquired by Symantec. The IP
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      http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/4357/53/
      Symantec is suing Microsoft about intellectual property developed by
      Veritas and acquired by Symantec. The IP in question is claimed to be
      used in Vista, the forthcoming OS from Microsoft.

      What might develop from this sequence of events is a list of ironies:

      1. The undoing of Microsoft would not be due to Free Software, but due
      to patent trolls.

      2. Software patents would, after all, turn out to level the playing
      field, contrary to expectations of their supporters - due to the nature
      of software (a single software application could infringe upon tens or
      hundreds of patents, unlike hardware, whose exposure to patents is
      limited).
      Big software companies would be bogged down by lawsuits from patent
      trolls.
      Small software companies do not have as deep pockets, and patent trolls
      would ignore most of them, rather than bother to reverse-engineer their
      software to look for patent infringements.

      --- Omer
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