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Microsoft takes $1.52 billion hit in MP3 patent case

23 February 2007 by Ch. Tronche | Filed under brèves.

In seattlepi.com

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.

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