Microsofts Patent Threats Evoke Retorts
The Free Software Foundation and Open Invention Network are ready to take on Microsoft if it acts against open-source.Partly in response to Microsofts recent patent threats to Linux and other open-source software, the FSF (Free Software Foundation) announced on May 16 the creation of a new activist campaigns team to organize public support into action on software freedom issues. In announcing the decision to create the campaigns team, FSF Executive Director Peter Brown spoke of Microsofts recent attempts to use software patents as the basis of an attack against free software. "Microsoft continues to threaten the freedom of all computer users with vague claims of software-patent infringement," Brown said. "Although more people than ever before in the U.S. have the technical capabilities to develop software, the blight of patents prevents them from making useful advancements. As such, we need to ask, What is the best way to eliminate the specter of software patents so that free software development can flourish, and how do we get organized to make it happen?"
The FSF is far from the only free software supporter thats speaking out against Microsofts recent patent comments.