Open-source firms seek safety in numbers
blchupin at iinet.net.au
Mon Dec 27 03:32:30 UTC 2010
Patent disputes concerns force open source firms to band together.
The growing number of patent disputes in the software industry appears
to be pushing more open-source companies towards a safety-net consortium
of like-minded software vendors.
Open Invention Network (OIN) describes itself as an intellectual
property company that was formed to promote Linux by using patents to
create a collaborative environment.
However, software companies also see it as an insurance policy against
legal attacks by proprietorial companies such as Microsoft, Oracle and
Unix desktop company KDE is the latest firm to obtain a license from the
network and vice president Adriaan de Groot cited the threat from
corporate lawyers as a reason for joining OIN.
"Everybody wants to go to Heaven but nobody wants to die."
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