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10.23.08

Rumour: Bill Gates Could Develop/Foster Yet Another Patent Troll, Maybe Lobby

Posted in Bill Gates, Europe, GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft, Patents at 5:33 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“The government is not trying to destroy Microsoft, it’s simply seeking to compel Microsoft to obey the law. It’s quite revealing that Mr. Gates equates the two.”

Government official

PEOPLE who reportedly leave Microsoft aside tend to 'reappear' in other places. Bill Gates, for example, is actively fighting against Free software, albeit behind the scenes [1, 2]. Possession of governments enables this [1, 2] and pet charities can help too.

It is important never to forget the world’s most greedy and already-aggressive patent troll, who is fueled by investments from Bill Gates himself — the very genesis of its inception. There are rumours flying at the moment about the meaning of a new Bill Gates company, which public records label a “think tank.” Some people are guessing that it’s a patent troll, but it’s probably not. Based on one source:

Public documents describe the new Gates entity — bgC3 LLC — as a “think tank.” It’s housed within a Kirkland office that the Microsoft co-founder established on his own after leaving his day-to-day executive role at the company this summer.

As we showed before, contrary to common belief (or innocence), a lot of staff at Microsoft is working along the lines of a political movement [1, 2, 3]. Microsoft has actual engagements in the writing of national rules that affect it. It sometimes exploits think tanks.

“Microsoft has actual engagements in the writing of national rules that affect it.”Keeping an eye on Gates is important because he is still fully dedicated to helping Microsoft, largely using political means and diplomacy. Some time ago we also wrote about the departure of Todd Bishop, but we wondered where he would land? Well, it turns out that he never vanished; rather, he relocated.

Tracking the movement of key people is important in order to understand decisions that are made by companies. Novell, for example, may be oozing IBM influence [1, 2] and IBM seems like one of the main forces behind OIN and the Linux Foundation. It is a sad thing that OIN, just like IBM, does not participate in attempts to eliminate software patents. This has just been confirmed by Roberto Galoppini.

Initiatives like the world day Against software patents, or the stop software patent initiative, are definitely a good thing. Not the ultimate answer to the problem though, I am afraid.

Keith Bergelt, Open Innovation Network’s new appointed CEO, was clear telling me that OIN won’t collaborate with FFII or similar organizations to fight against software patents in Europe. OIN cares just about Linux, so far. That is a pity, considering that they are lobbying around Europe now.

The FSF does not participate enough in this either (maybe not as actively as before). On the other hand, it is clear what the views of the FSF and FSFE really are.

For those who are not aware of OIN’s deficiencies, here is the gist of it.

GM: Typically, patent trolls don’t have any products, so they are unlikely to be infringing on any of your patents. Isn’t that a problem for the OIN approach?

JR: Very clearly there’s not much we can do with regard to patent trolls. On the other hand, it’s my belief that patent trolls go where the money is. They’re after the big dollars. That’s probably why they haven’t, and not for a long time will, go after the open-source movement – that’s not where the money is. Could it become a problem in the future? The answer is, sure it could.

Whatever happens, whereas OIN defends Linux, it does not protect the vast majority of GNU/Linux distributions. It is far from a solution. So, the patent watch continues.

“No less than Bill Gates himself said in a recent Fortune article that Microsoft competes better against Linux in China when there’s piracy than when there isn’t.

“So, Microsoft actively looks the other way as people pirate its software. It builds its market share that way, and lets people get used to the idea of having Windows at a certain price.”

ECT, yesterday

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7 Comments

  1. Betto said,

    October 23, 2008 at 8:17 pm

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    Beware of comments on this blog! One of Roy Schestowitz’ close associates is a well-known nymshifter and shill extraordinaire at Slashdot, where his dishonest activities have made him a legend (not in the good way). Today for example:

    http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=1006161&cid=25491761

    See below for context:

    http://slashdot.org/~SockDisclosure/journal/214377

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    October 23, 2008 at 8:20 pm

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    Readers of the site do not magically become “close associates”.

    You obviously scrape the bottom of the barrel trying to find something with which to discredit or shoot the messenger. It won’t work.

  3. Betto said,

    October 23, 2008 at 9:49 pm

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    Anyone reading your IRC logs can see that this person is not just a “reader”. Not only does he provide you with content and use links posted there for his Slashdot journal, you have apparently also tasked him with disrupting Slashdot conversations by posting links to your blog in comments that are often modded negatively (troll and flamebait), if not just offtopic.

    Your definition of “scraping the bottom of the barrel” must be an interesting one, considering your current company. Crapflooding Slashdot discussions and operating 14 accounts there (that are known), pretending that he is other people, referring to himself in the third person, etc. That is scraping.

    And if he does that on Slashdot, who knows what he does here? On Digg? On Usenet? On any number of internet forums that you routinely link to to support your arguments?

  4. Needs Sunlight said,

    October 24, 2008 at 2:35 am

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    JR’s quote belies ignorance. At this late stage it cannot be considered accidental.

    Yes, he’s probably correct in assessing risk of patent troll attacks being higher for closed source. Linus Torvalds, among many others, pointed that out years ago.

    However, the bit of disinformation JR is spreading has to do with who is affected. Patents affect *users* You use it, you’re infringing. It’s not a development issue and it’s a disservice to let MS boosters, or any one else, propagate that error further.

  5. Roy Schestowitz said,

    October 24, 2008 at 3:02 am

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    @Needs Sunlight : I wonder if OIN’s inability to resolve the issue is the reason for JR’s departure.

    @Betto: You can’t judge me based on the actions of somebody else. Period.

  6. lyle howard seave said,

    October 26, 2008 at 7:24 pm

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    Who is this obsessed Betto exactly and why isnt he surfing for doggie pr0n instead?

  7. Roy Schestowitz said,

    October 26, 2008 at 7:43 pm

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    Lyle,

    it seems to be one of those stalkers who harass advocates.

    http://slashdot.org/~twitter/journal/74211.
    http://slashdot.org/~twitter/journal/180709

    “I agree there’s a huge amount of astroturfing going on here. They’re doing their best to stifle you.”

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