Microsoft demands royalties for open source software

by admin May 14, 2007 at 7:52 am

Microsoft reportedly wants open source software users to pay royalties on 235 alleged patent violations.

In an interview with Fortune magazine, Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, and Horacio Gutierrez, the company’s vice president of intellectual property and licensing, said open source software, including Linux, violates 235 Microsoft patents. And Microsoft wants distributors and users of open source software to start paying royalties for these alleged violations.

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