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Video: Steve Ballmer Claims Red Hat Customers Owe Him Some Money

Posted in Boycott Novell, FUD, GNU/Linux, Intellectual Monopoly, Microsoft, Novell, Patents, Red Hat, Videos at 1:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

From Microsoft’s recent talk in the UK (video: part 1 and part 2), here is the bit where he talks about Novell, patents, and Red Hat.

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3 Comments

  1. twitter said,

    December 13, 2008 at 1:46 pm

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    This is the best I can transcribe the important part. Steve Ballmer says, “I think it’s great the way Novell stepped up to kinda say intellectual property matters. When people use Red Hat [shrug], at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense, have an obligation to eventually to compensate us.”

  2. pcolon said,

    December 13, 2008 at 3:17 pm

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    He keeps saying “intellectual property”. Where and what is this IP he keeps referring to.

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 13, 2008 at 3:33 pm

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    It’s one of those laws you invent when you are unable to compete… A bit like domestic laws that they pass in the US for surveillance, warrantless wiretapping and imprisonment without trial, even torture without reasonable evidence. ‘Intellectual’ ‘property’ ‘rights’ have intellectual about them, they are not tangibles property (just thought) and they are not Mother Nature-given rights. It’s about taking away rights (e.g. of competitors or opposing powers).

    As imaginary as they are, Microsoft still refuses to name them. Is it the double-click? The tabbed browsing? The smiley? PageUp/Dn?

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