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Submission + - OSI, FSF Collaborate Against Patent Threat To FOSS (thinq.co.uk) 1

Blacklaw writes: The Open Source Initiative and the Free Software Foundations — two organisations fighting for the same cause, but traditionally in very different ways — have joined forces in an attempt to prevent Novell patents falling into Microsoft's hands.
Novell, which ended months of speculation by announcing its acquisition by Attachmate in November of last year, made $450 million by selling 882 patents to a consortium known as CPTN — a group of technology companies including Apple, EMC, and Oracle, headed up by Microsoft — a move which the pair claim "represents a serious threat to the growing use of free/libre and open source software (FLOSS) throughout business, government, academia, and non-profit organizations worldwide."

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OSI, FSF Collaborate Against Patent Threat To FOSS

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  • I don't see where this "request" is "filed" in any legal sense. They simply published a complaint on their website. What it seems to say is that they object to what is common practice in regard to companies cross-licensing one another in general regarding patent matters. Their objection is that they see a threat to those who want to use patented technology and cannot pay for it. This condition, they say, will surely reduce the acceptance of such infringing products. It is no wonder that they cannot fin

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