If you threat someone on IP ground, be right, or prepare for retaliation:
“The industry’s efforts to salvage its sales-based revenue model have compelled it to resist consumer demand for full, unfettered, DRM-free access to music; blocked consumer electronics makers and technology firms from offering new products with next generation capabilities; limited the growth of webcasting and other digital audio services; chilled free speech and interfered with academic freedom on university campuses; caused distortions in the music licensing marketplace; relegated consumers to black-market services where adware, spyware, and privacy violations abound; and exposed consumers to ruinous infringement liability damages for conduct occurring in the privacy of their homes.”
Always good to read this from someone else. But there’s more. Intellectual property law attorney Bennett Lincoff looks for an alternative business models so artists can make a living out of their work in a world where copying can’t be stopped. Read Bennett Lincoff essay.
A Huge amount, even for Redmond giant.
Ok, this is only first stage, they’ll appeal.
Microsoft’s always been a strong supporter of software patents in Europe (notably through BSA funding). May be they gonna think twice now.
Even if they can settle the case for a reasonable amount of money, how long before they get a hit they can’t stand ?
How many more before people understand that software patents turn the world’s business into a minefield where nobody can master the risks ?
And like with any minefield, everybody gets hurt, everybody loses.