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Free Software Lawyer Discusses Microsoft Patent Claims

May 18, 2007, 15:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd Bishop)

"Eben Moglen, legal counsel to the Free Software Foundation, discussed the details of the draft General Public License Version 3--including its defenses against the Microsoft-Novell deal--in an online seminar hosted by OpenLogic Inc. today. It was a timely discussion, given Microsoft's assertion earlier this week that Linux and other open-source programs violate 235 of its patents. (The GPL is the license under which many open-source programs are distributed.)

"Moglen said the recent 'saber-rattling' further illustrated the importance of protecting against Microsoft's attempts 'to disrupt free software production through the inculcation of a large inventory of most-likely invalid patents...'"

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