[linux-elitists] FAT is the new GIF?
Thu Feb 26 17:48:21 PST 2009
begin Jason Spence quotation of Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 05:06:24PM -0800:
> On Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 12:56:02AM +0000, Dave Crossland wrote:
> > 2009/2/27 Jason Spence <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> > > the only motivation I can think of would
> > > be Microsoft demanding higher license fees for FAT implementations.
> > Maybe I've misunderstood the lawsuit, but er, isn't that what just started?
> That's an infringement claim. It's probably a tactic designed to get
> a license fee via a settlement. The PR blurb hints that Microsoft may
> have tried to get a license fee to start with, and the litigation is a
> result of TomTom turning Microsoft down.
The other factor is that actually licensing patents
by patent number is for low-rent trolls. What a
large company typically wants you to sign up for is
a broad agreement covering many different patents,
the numbers of which aren't included, so that you
can't put a patent expiration date on your calendar
and stop paying.
In this specific case, there's another angle: TomTom
owns TeleAtlas, which feeds data to Google.
MSFT might have been going after a deal to do
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