[ubuntu-za] Massive fine for Microsoft

Reenen Laurie rlaurie at gmail.com
Thu Apr 9 23:33:19 BST 2009

Had it been 1 April I'd thought it's April fools... $388m?!!! Whoaaa man!

On Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 12:11 AM, Dr. Johan P. Prinsloo
<biocura at telkomsa.net> wrote:
> Massive fine for Microsoft
> Apr 09 2009 22:42
> New York - Software giant Microsoft has been ordered to pay $388m in
> damages for infringing on a patent designed to combat illegal copying of
> software.
> A jury in the District Court of Rhode Island found that Microsoft
> violated a patent owned by anti-piracy software maker Uniloc Inc with
> software designed to prevent unlicensed use of its Windows XP Windows
> operating system and parts of its Office suite of products. The lawsuit
> was originally filed in 2003 and the jury returned its decision on
> Wednesday, according to court papers filed Thursday.
> The patent in question is titled "System for Software Recognition," and
> was filed in 1996. It covers a registration system that allows digital
> data or software to be able to run only if an appropriate licensing
> procedure has been followed.
> In a statement Microsoft said it was disappointed in the verdict, and
> planned to appeal.
> "We believe that we do not infringe, that the patent is invalid and that
> this award of damages is legally and factually unsupported," said a
> Microsoft spokesperson in a statement. "We will ask the court to
> overturn the verdict."
> - Sapa-dpa
> Source :
> http://www.fin24.com/articles/default/display_article.aspx?Nav=ns&ArticleID=1518-1783_2499486
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