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5m is pocket change


yea because all the large corporations can afford anything
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$5m is pocket money for Google
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pocket change for google.
This is the only thing I came into this thread to say.
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This is the only thing I came into this thread to say.
It isn't a big deal because of the amount, it's a big deal because of the precedent this could set.
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I don't understand how a company can patent something they include in an open source kernel licensed under GPLv2... If it were a separate extension or fork from the kernel, then sure. But this is just silly.
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So is Texas going to take the $5 million and give it back to the people that Google profited off of? I mean since they weren't supposed to profit off of it that would be the right thing to do...

EDIT: for the record I'm not rolling my eyes at you jcf1, I'm rolling them at a dumb lawsuit that's going to do nothing but line pockets of lawyers.
This is a damage suit, its not a FINE. Texas doesn't get the money, the plaintiff gets the money.
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I thought it was open source
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The article is a bit unclear, and the OP completely misunderstood, here's what happened:

Bedrock Computer Technologies (a known patent troll) sued Google because Google uses the Linux kernel and the Linux kernel supposedly violates a patent owned by Bedrock. This is bad because it means anyone who uses Linux can be sued by Bedrock.

This is not anyone related to Linux suing Google.

As a side note, the patent its self will likely be thrown out in appeals court.
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What's wrong with using open source code for profit? Just because it is open source does not mean it can't be used for profit, that just means it is available to everyone.

I find it dumb that a patent could even be made over open source code protected by the GPL license considering that means 3 things:

1. You are free to distribute it
2. You are free to modify it
3. You are free to sell it

So why would you be able to patent it and then sue? I think this is more of an issue with the patent offices letting stupid things through, which they seem to do a lot. Considering a judge sided with the patent offices' decision though, they are just continuing the cycle...
LOL. Have you read the whole thing? Read the GPL fully then comment. CopyLeft and what is being made to replace it seem like the only sensible things left in the world of patents and copyrights.


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The article is a bit unclear, and the OP completely misunderstood, here's what happened:

Bedrock Computer Technologies (a known patent troll) sued Google because Google uses the Linux kernel and the Linux kernel supposedly violates a patent owned by Bedrock. This is bad because it means anyone who uses Linux can be sued by Bedrock.

This is not anyone related to Linux suing Google.

As a side note, the patent its self will likely be thrown out in appeals court.
I'm curious about this Bedrock company. More information is needed. Like mailing address of CEO/founder.
     
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Does this mean the plaintiff will try to sue Red Hat and other companies that use Linux?
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I'm curious about this Bedrock company. More information is needed. Like mailing address of CEO/founder.
Founded by David J. Garrod, a patent attorney. The company exists solely to acquire patents and then sue companies it thinks violates those patents.

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Does this mean the plaintiff will try to sue Red Hat and other companies that use Linux?
Yes.
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Bedrock Computer Technologies has also sued Yahoo, MySpace, Amazon, PayPal, Match.com and AOL.
Red Hat has actually sued Bedrock to try and invalidate the patent (which does really deserve to be invalidated).
Edited by The Bartender Paradox - 4/24/11 at 12:14pm
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