Linux Patent Protection Group Loses Ally

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Date: Nov 24, 2004 - 11:24 AM
"OSRM, which was formed in 2003 with the goal to support the growth of free and open source software, confirmed that Jones had resigned her position as litigation risk research director for the group. The development comes after Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer cited OSRM's study about Linux and intellectual property risks as part of his recent remarks to Asian government officials.

"Open Source software does not today respect the intellectual property rights of any intellectual property holder," Ballmer told the group. "There was a report out this summer by an Open Source group that highlighted that Linux violates over 228 patents. Some day, for all countries that are entering WTO, somebody will come and look for money to pay for the patent rights for that intellectual property."

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