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Microsoft Does Not Reply to Request for Mono Patent Protection

As we promised to do, we have have just resent our request to Microsoft Licensing. They have not replied for over a week.

From: Roy Schestowitz To: iplg at microsoft.com Date: Sat, Oct 18, 2008 Subject: Request for a written license for ECMA 376 implementation

Dear Microsoft Licensing,

I would be interested to receive a licence for commercial distribution of Mono, in accordance with your terms presented by Bob Muglia: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2060750,00.asp

"There is a substantive effort in open source to bring such an implementation of .Net to market, known as Mono and being driven by Novell, and one of the attributes of the agreement we made with Novell is that the intellectual property associated with that is available to Novell customers."

According to several legal analyses, Mono is not safe for those who are not Novell customers to use. I would therefore like to purchase a licence.

Best regards,

Roy Schestowitz


Meanwhile we have identified possible patent violations in Mono, which may collide with existing Microsoft patents (not even submarine patents).

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