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Re: The GPL and Patents: ROFL

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: The GPL and Patents: ROFL
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 15:59:34 -0000

Hyman Rosen wrote:
> Google will raise ...

"August 13, 2010 - 3:29 P.M.
Oracle vs. Google over Java in Android is only the start.
I don't think Oracle suing Google over the use of Java in Android has
much to do with Android at all. I think it has everything to do with
Oracle monetizing Java anyway it can. That spells big trouble for any
company or developer who uses Java but hasn't obeyed the letter of
Java's intellectual property laws. I'm looking at you, Red Hat/JBoss;
Apache/Jakarta; and members of the JCP (Java Community Process). Get
ready. Legal trouble is coming your way.
I am not a lawyer, but I don't think you need to be one to figure out
why Oracle is doing this. Java and all its associated technologies are
very valuable. Sun was never able to squeeze much money out of Java's IP
(intellectual property). Sun preferred to make its money by building
programs around Java. 
Let's let James Goslin, Java's creator, tell you his take on how he saw
Oracle thinking about making money from Java: "Oracle finally filed a
patent lawsuit against Google. Not a big surprise. During the
integration meetings between Sun and Oracle where we were being grilled
about the patent situation between Sun and Google, we could see the
Oracle lawyer's eyes sparkle. Filing patent suits was never in Sun's
genetic code." 
Why pick on Google first? Well, to quote some of my more cynical lawyer
friends, you always sue whoever has the deepest pockets first. As Willie
Sutton put it when asked why he robs banks,  "Because that's where the
money is." 
Keep in mind that Oracle is headed by Larry Ellison, the dog-fighting
pit-bull of technology CEOs. He'll take on any company at any time if he
feels there's a chance that he can win. And Larry doesn't lose very
often, as those of us who follow Oracle know so well. "

(GNG is a derecursive recursive derecursion which pwns GNU since it can 
be infinitely looped as GNGNGNGNG...NGNGNG... and can be said backwards 
too, whereas GNU cannot.)

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