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Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun responds to NetApp lawsuit

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southpolesammy writes "As previously covered here, NetApp has brought forth a lawsuit against Sun Microsystems for patent infringement on their WAFL filesystem. Sun's CEO, Jonathan Schwartz, responded saying that the NetApp lawsuit leaves them no choice but to countersue in order to protect their investment in the ZFS technologies.

From Jonathan's blog:

Their objectives were clear — number one, they'd like us to unfree ZFS, to retract it from the free software community. Which reflects a common misconception among proprietary companies — that you can unfree, free. You cannot.

...we are requesting a permanent injunction to remove all of their filer products from the marketplace, and are examining the original NFS license — on which Network Appliance was started.

...we will be going after sizable monetary damages. And I am committing that Sun will donate half of those proceeds to the leading institutions promoting free software and patent reform (in specific, The Software Freedom Law Center and the Peer to Patent initiative), and to the legal defense of free software innovators. We will continue to fund the aggressive reexamination of spurious patents used against the community (which we've been doing behind the scenes on behalf of several open source innovators). Whatever's left over will fuel a venture fund fostering innovation in the free software community.
Also interesting is that despite the two companies being headquartered a mere 6 miles from each other, NetApp has chosen to file their lawsuit in the patent lawsuit capital of the US, the US District Court for Eastern Texas."

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