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Linux Patent Protection Network Lures Facebook, HP 106

jbrodkin writes "Facebook, HP, Rackspace, Juniper, Fujitsu and dozens of other organizations have joined a group building a defensive patent portfolio to protect Linux-using members from potential lawsuits. The Open Invention Network (OIN) — founded in 2005 by IBM, NEC, Novell, Phillips, Red Hat and Sony — has acquired 300 Linux-related patents and licenses to 2,000 in total in a bid to protect the Linux community from intellectual property lawsuits. The group added 74 new members this year and is giving a leadership role to Google, which is fighting lawsuits targeting Linux-based Android."
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Linux Patent Protection Network Lures Facebook, HP

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  • Re:Sony (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gstoddart ( 321705 ) on Wednesday April 20, 2011 @01:49PM (#35883218) Homepage

    Sorry if I'm rude but, what the fuck is Sony doing there??

    Looking out for their own interests.

    Specifically in response to organizations like SCO who threatened to sue the users of Linux -- don't worry, Sony still doesn't give a crap about your rights. They also still don't care about your ability to run Linux on your Playstation.

    This is all about them.

  • Re:Irony (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 20, 2011 @03:03PM (#35884116)
    I'd laugh except I have no idea what the fuck SCEA is. Post some more inside jokes, or jokes that require research to 'get'. Or how about stop posting acronyms that not everyone knows... unless of course you are just doing it to show how smart you are. In that case... ohhhh look at the clever fuckwad.

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