Microsoft Wants Royalties From Linux

235 is the number of patent violations that Mircosoft asserts that Linux is violating and the reasons which they are saying why it’s such high quality software–because it’s infringing on patents, which they want royalties for.

Uh-huh, I read this and I automatically recalled the ‘Tainted’ Piracy Stats of the MPAA–as the article has language and complaints much like the MPAA and the RIAA have made in regards to the so called ‘piracy‘.

So they are saying that Linux and the free software (it doesn’t go into too much detail what other free software besides Linux are) are high quality because of the infringement of 235 patents?

So their stuff sucks why?

It’s high quality because it’s open source first of all. Mircosoft is getting mad because they can’t code something as high quality as this and instead of seeking new ways to use this to their advantage they instead do as the MPAA and the RIAA–they want royalities…

but let’s be serious here–that’s not what they really want. What they want is the “lost revenue” as the MPAA and the RIAA always do. They will first whine about royalties and then when they have those they will want that “lost revenue” and when they don’t get it they will sue.

Why now? Why bring this infringement now and not back in September 17, 1991 when the first Linux kernel was introduced?

The answer is very simple and it’s even in the article:

“And as a mature company facing unfavorable market trends and fearsome competitors like Google (Charts, Fortune 500), Microsoft is pulling no punches: It wants royalties. If the company gets its way, free software won’t be free anymore.” (emphasis mine)

The reason is due to unfavorable market trends and fearsome competitors that they’re bring this infringement plea–and scapegoating free software, in particular Linux and alluding in some ways as it being the cause for the unfavorable market trends and fearsome competitors.

As I said before, much the same language as the MPAA and the RIAA–it’s like they went and took: “Scapegoating and Suing 101: What to Do When Your Product Sucks and the Alternative is Free and Online” by the MPAA and the RIAA.

Which goes a little something like this:

  1. Claim that you have been infringed upon
  2. State that you have lost revenue or the like
  3. Demand royalties
  4. Sue the companies, organization, or entity that is infringing
  5. Sue the individuals that use/distribute/host/promote the infringing products and/or byproducts.
  6. Repeat if desired

So basically this is what they are doing at least it seems they are going down that path. Yet they state:

“Microsoft counters that it is a matter of principle. ‘We live in a world where we honor, and support the honoring of, intellectual property,’ says Ballmer in an interview. FOSS patrons are going to have to ‘play by the same rules as the rest of the business,’ he insists. ‘What’s fair is fair.'”

First and foremost what “world” is he from?  “We live in a world where we honor, and support the honoring of, intellectual property…,” now I know he took, “Scapegoating and Suing 101: What to Do When Your Product Sucks and the Alternative is Free and Online

“…play by the same rules as the rest of the business…” What rules would those be? Oh, yeah no one gets more money than my company and if they do, we start the 6 step program. Uh, huh, I see that’s really fair–yeah.

They definitely took “Scapegoating and Suing 101: What to Do When Your Product Sucks and the Alternative is Free and Online” I’m sure of it.

So Mircosoft is doing the 6 Step Program, hmmm…

Well, you should go download Ubuntu Linux 

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