Google gets $ 5,000,000 fine for Linux patent violations

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  1. coolness
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    A Texas court has Google found guilty of violating a patent Linux, making the Internet giant to pay $ 5,000,000 damages. In addition, it considers possible implications for Android.

    The statement was made ??by a jury court, the judge still has to confirm the verdict. It is unlikely that the court will decide otherwise, reports Foss Patents. The patent, the court found that Google infringed is registered under number 5,893,120, and describes a way to store information and read with a hashing technique, which expire dates on the fly removed. Google would infringe the patent in the use of different versions of the Linux kernel.

    Violating the Linux patent may have implications for Android: it uses a Linux kernel, making it possible for Google to make adjustments so it will not run into any further penalties. In addition, the Internet giant is also able to take a license on the patent. The ruling also may have implications for other users of Linux: it is possible that some Linux distributions have to pay royalties for using the kernel. Maker Red Hat distro already tried to deliberate patent declared invalid, but failed.

    The trial was started in 2009 by the relatively unknown Texas company Bedrock, where not only Google was sued: including Yahoo, Paypal, Amazon and AOL have come to court. A statement for these companies is likely to follow later.

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  2. Nujui

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    Source?
     
  3. coolness
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    the source is only dutch for now
     
  4. AlanJohn

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    Bedrock is gonna get rich if they sue all of the web giants...
     
  5. soulx

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    They might as well sue the entire fucking internet.
     
  6. Zorua

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    If this is real, google is going to be in a bad state for quite some time.
     
  7. DeathStrudel

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    My thoughts exactly!
    Why the fuck are you allowed to patent something like that?

    I think I'm gonna go patent this way of communication where you make sounds that come out your mouth. Ima gonna be fuckin rich!
     
  8. Nujui

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    I meant that I didn't see a source when I first looked here.
     
  9. cwstjdenobs

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    It's times like this everyone in the EU should thank Poland. If it wasn't for those guys we'd have this shit here now. The worst problem seems to be the USPTO don't understood the idea of prior art. The cynical could say don't care about it and like the extra income NOT doing their jobs right pulls into the system, and those who know the histories of companies like GE and Bell could also throw in that they might still really like the kick-backs...
     
  10. chartube12

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    So much for open source.
     
  11. FireGrey

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    I find it rather funny that it's using google translate, when it is about them being sued.
     
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    googlei is getting stronger
     
  14. cwstjdenobs

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    If I understand this patent right any OS's tcp/ip stack is covered by it. So they'll be going after Apple next, then MS, all the console manufacturers (not just the big 3), etc. Am I getting this right?
     
  15. Zorua

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    Umm what? xD
    The site wasn't using google translate, I ran it through google translate and I posted the link here.
     
  16. Qtis

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    Not everything used in Linux is Open Source. There are patented techs used in it too so that someone else doesn't just go make the tech theirs via the patent system (which sucks balls :3). The real question here is, how to make profit with R&D without a patent system. Possibly changing it is another thing, but currently one can't live without some sort of system.


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  17. cwstjdenobs

    cwstjdenobs Sodomy non sapiens

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    I thought they pulled out of the patent war chest idea. And you shouldn't have to patent something to prevent others form patenting it, there's a little massive concept in the IP arena known as prior art. But a corrupt patent office doesn't care about that.

    And anyhows Linux is all OSS and software patents don't mean shit outside of North America.