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The Real Reason for Microsoft's TomTom Lawsuit

Mar 05, 2009, 15:19 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

[ Thanks to Glyn Moody for this link. ]

"If Tom Tom or any other company cross licenses patents then by section 7 of GPLv2 (for the Linux kernel) they lose the rights to redistribute the kernel *at all*.

"Microsoft has been going around and doing these patent cross licensing deals with companies under NDA's so they never come to light for *years*.

"That was the whole point of the Novell deal - Microsoft lawyers finally thought they'd found a way to *publicly* do these cross licensing deals and get around the GPLv2, but the GPLv3 put paid to that.""

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