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 says:

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

Anonymous Coward says:

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.

Haywood says:

Re: Re: Mike strikes out again

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Mike (profile) says:

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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