Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G
sinetimore

I Understand The Mafia Works The Same Way

As I fight my revulsion and consider getting an Android phone some day, there are some brands I will refuse to buy.  Motorola is one, because their eFuse violates the rights given me under the GPL.  Even if they make a phone without it, fuck them.  The other company is HTC.  HTC signed a deal with M$, giving them $5 for every Android phone they sell.  In exchange, M$ promises not to sue them.

This, for those unfamiliar, is a protection racket.  "Nice business model.  Be a pity if something should happen to it."  The thing is, you are buying protection from them, not from anybody else.

Which HTC is about to learn the hard way.

Apple has gotten the Trade Commission to examine HTC and if their Android phones infringe on Apple's IP.  HTC will get no help from us FOSS'ers, M$ isn't going to help, and they aren't part of the OIN.

I think using patents as an anti-competitive weapon is bullshit, but in this case?  It couldn't happen to a more deserving target.
Tags: did not do the research, digital rights, foss, hypocrisy, i'll drink to that, important life lessons, infernal gall, just desserts, linux, patent law, stupidity, technology is a beautiful thing, this ought to be interesting
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