"Microsoft and Novell are broadening their three-year-old patent
agreement, extending it for the first time to include all users of
Moonlight, Novell's open source implementation of Microsoft's
Silverlight media framework -- regardless of their version of
"In 2006, Novell and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) entered into a
joint patent and interoperability agreement, giving Novell users
the OK to use open source technologies on which the software giant
has said it may have intellectual property claims.
"As a result of today's expansion of that deal, Moonlight users
will enjoy protection under the patent covenant regardless of
whether they're using Novell's (NASDAQ: NOVL) Linux distro or
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