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Re: microsoft vs opensource

steef wrote:

is there somebody out there who knows the (juridical) implications of the kind of "intellectual property" when somebody is going into the bush and tries to patent - (and gets this patent indeed) - a very valuable indigenous procedée before a court in the Western world without the consent of the people who developed that procedée over centuries? Is that different, or not, from patenting a very valuable script without the consent of the programmer of this software? As far as i understand that is where MS often is after.
yup - they're called lawyers (or less polite terms, depending on who they're working for and how honorable or dishonorable the intentions of their clients)

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