The Register: Microsoft Offshores Patent War–So Goes The WTO?

“Microsoft’s decision to offshore its war against the free
software movement to the World Trade Organization may save it some
domestic embarrassment, but it may ultimately cause more problems
for the WTO than it will for software libre.

“By adopting the WTO as its intellectual property enforcement
proxy, Redmond believes it has a tactic that allows it to prevail
without filing a single lawsuit. This has many advantages for
Microsoft, as we’ll see. But without filing a lawsuit, it’s going
to prove extremely difficult to convince anyone that the GPL poses
a risk to their way of doing business: so many people now depend on

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