Freedom is not a crime
Summary: How patent parasites and parasitical legislation make free platforms and services a violation of patent law, even in places where software patents are not legal
The Microsoft- and Nokia-armed Vringo (like MOSAID) is still attacking Google with software patents. Daniel Ravicher, Executive Director of the Public Patent Foundation, says: “I’ve written previously about the Vringo (VRNG) v Google (GOOG) patent infringement case, where the jury awarded Vringo’s I/P Engine affiliate a mere $31M, which was a small fraction of the $493M it asked the jury to award. The litigation appears highly material to Vringo’s valuation, currently around $250M, as some suggest it could provide future royalties for Vringo from Google of hundreds of millions of dollars.”
What companies with Microsoft ties are doing is, they try to elevate the cost of free products from Google, in the form of flat-rate tax, technically akin to FRAND. Speaking of which, FRAND is a backdoor route for software patents in Europe, putting aside other back doors that crooked politicians promote. Microsoft lobbying, usually through proxies like BSA and ACT, is succeeding at bringing FRAND to Europe. The President of the OSI writes:
The final report from a European Commission meeting designed to whitewash patents in standards may prove a helpful marker for watchful eyes looking out for abuse.
The writer, Phipps, is a Brit, just like Glyn Moody who pointed to this. It sure looks concerning that Europe is getting two backdoors for software patenting in such a short period of time. █
“There’s no company called Linux, there’s barely a Linux road map. Yet Linux sort of springs organically from the earth. And it had, you know, the characteristics of communism that people love so very, very much about it. That is, it’s free.”