[OpenIndiana-discuss] Legal Safety

Ignacio Marambio Catán darkjoker at gmail.com
Fri Mar 25 20:42:35 UTC 2011

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On 25/03/2011, at 17:19, Largo <splatter at proinbox.com> wrote:

> David Brodbeck wrote:
> > I'd be interested in seeing references to that.
> http://www.crn.com/news/applications-os/199501735/microsoft-waves-patent-lawsuit-stick-at-linux.htm
> Quote: "Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith and licensing head
> Horacio Gutierrez threw gasoline on the fire by offering for the first
> time a precise count of the patents they think have been infringed:
> 235 patents, 42 by the Linux operating system alone.  [...] The
> company's preferred path is cross-licensing deals, in which it defuses
> the legal issues around its patents without defanging them entirely by
> striking "patent swap" agreements with its rivals."
> In short: owning patents seems to be the only way to defend yourself.
> > I'd think they'd want to avoid the loss of goodwill.
> Unfortunately, Larry Ellison seems to care about goodwill as much as
> Darth Vader as the Android lawsuit vs Google shows.
If Oracle thinks someone is violating their copyright, then, they have to sue or they risk being sued by their shareholders

> > To me this all seems like speculation and FUD.  I'm not sure it's
> > going to lead to a useful discussion.
> I think such things need to be discussed. I asked the questions
> because I hope for an answer from people who understand this situation
> better than me. OI looks very interesting, but considering how
> agressive and lawsuit-happy Oracle is I want to get a bit more
> information before I start using it or recommend it to others.
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