Trend Micro Learns That Suing For Patents On Open Source Software Can Backfire

from the don't-mess-with-the-community dept

It seemed rather bad form back in December for Trend Micro to sue a competitor claiming that its anti-virus system violated a patent for using some open source software. Not only would it likely slow down innovation in the space and allow those with bad intent to distance themselves even further from security professionals trying to stop them, it also would piss off the open source community. We've already seen that community step up in the effort to find prior art, and now Slashdot is reporting that open source supporters are starting a boycott of Trend Micro products in response to the lawsuit. It seems like yet another case of the lawyers getting ahead of the business people in deciding who to sue.


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    angry dude, Feb 12th, 2008 @ 6:50am

    Mike strikes out again

    Mikey, don't you get it, dude, that suing another commercial entity using open-source in their products is not the same as "suing open source" ?

    I for one would never sue open source developers.. What for ? there is no money involved and nobody to sue
    Commercial entiry making money on open source code which happens to infringe on somebody's patent is a whole different story..

    With all this said, Trend Micro's products suck big time
    A bloated piece of junk

     

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    matt, Feb 12th, 2008 @ 7:42am

    Mike got it right

    I think Mike got it right. However, I boycotted their products recently as well. Unfortunately I didn't know ClamAV was as good as people said until I started being made aware from the lawsuit. ...all my previous windows customers were always pointed to TrendMicro. Oh well.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 12th, 2008 @ 7:50am

    Re: Mike strikes out again

    I fail to see where Mike made that assertion. Suing companies that use open source software *does* piss off the OSS community, mostly because it causes FUD about Open Source itself, but also because the community is more able to see through the lawsuit and OSS developers are free to speak their mind as publicly as they like. Pointing that out seems pretty reasonable to me.

     

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    Trevlac, Feb 12th, 2008 @ 9:14am

    Re: Mike strikes out again

    They didn't suck last year. But this new 2008 software is as bad as Norton when it comes to startup.

    Does anyone know if Webroot's Antivirus compares to Trend Micro's?

     

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    Haywood, Feb 12th, 2008 @ 9:51am

    Re: Re: Mike strikes out again

    The end-all is called AVAST Free. It is free, thorough, auto updating, and has a boot-time scan, that is pretty amazing. The only thing wrong with it is you have to renew your license, again for free after a year. The only other ones I use are PCTOOLS free, good but no auto update, & Ashampoo free, ok but not truly amazing.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 12th, 2008 @ 10:08am

    Re: Mike strikes out again

    With all this said, Trend Micro's products suck big time
    A bloated piece of junk
    More accurately, many of Trend Micro's products suck. However, their free "Housecall" has saved my butt on many occasions when a machine's installed virus scanner has been compromised.

     

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    ehrichweiss, Feb 12th, 2008 @ 11:55am

    Angry Dudette is watching the wrong ballgame

    Dude, now you know why we don't believe that you have a patent: cause reading comprehension is obviously not your strong point, nor is logic.

     

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    Mitch, Feb 12th, 2008 @ 12:05pm

    Re: Re: Re: Mike strikes out again

    AVG spanks AVAST. Better scanning no license renewal, free daily virus updates, small footprint. Its also one of the number one downloads on download.com

     

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    angry dude, Feb 12th, 2008 @ 12:24pm

    Re: Angry Dudette is watching the wrong ballgame

    shut up little punk

     

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    Etch, Feb 12th, 2008 @ 2:22pm

    I don't get it

    Wait, this article is a little vague and confusing!!

    Is TrendMicro suing this other company because they are profiting from Open Source Code, which is a violation of this open source's developers' GNU license?

    Did I get that part right?

    If so, then shouldn't the developers of the OSS be responsible for that?

     

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    Nelson, Feb 12th, 2008 @ 7:37pm

    finger pointes @ trend micro

    HA Ha

     

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    Mike (profile), Feb 13th, 2008 @ 12:57am

    Re: Mike strikes out again

    Mikey, don't you get it, dude, that suing another commercial entity using open-source in their products is not the same as "suing open source" ?

    Did I say otherwise?

    However, Trend Micro is clearly targeting the open source component of that software, and that action has triggered the community to respond. I'm not sure how you can deny that that is exactly what has happened.

    I've asked you before to take the time to understand things to respond. It's disappointing to see you choose not to follow that advice.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 15th, 2008 @ 6:05am

    "AVG spanks AVAST"

    AVG ROCKS!!! Never hogs resources, FREE, NO ADS, Has found java and other viruses NORTON did not find.

     

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    Joe Dirty, Jan 20th, 2010 @ 11:28am

    Avoided Trend Micro

    I am not going to even consider Trend Micro after reading this. E-mail encryption will go to someone else.

     

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