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Linux-Watch: Perens blasts Microsoft/Novell "protection racket"

Mar 20, 2007, 15:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Perens, a vocal opponent of the Microsoft/Novell patent deal, stated that while the arrangement was legal under the GPLv2, Novell's deal was made in "bad faith with the open-source community and [was] not moral."

More than that, though, Perens said, if the Novell-Microsoft patent deal is allowed to stand. It would take only as few as "two or three intellectual property law-suits" of open-source developers or small business at a cost of at least $5 million dollars a pop, to destroy open-source development. So, from where he sits, Novell is running a "protection racket" with "Big Mikey" as the enforcer."

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