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The Register: Microsoft's War on GPL Dealt Patent Setback

Jun 15, 2004, 23:00 (10 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft has two goals from its patent licensing program. One is to create a new, stable revenue stream to complement its ageing cash cows, Windows and Office. Patent royalties could provide an attractive income if the company succumbs to market economics, and is forced to lower its prices to compete with cheaper free software. The other goal--although it may simply be fortuitous collateral damage from Redmond's point of view--is to make writing free software illegal. Or if not illegal, then so fraught with legal uncertainties that developers gravitate away from the GPL..."

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