Tuesday, August 12, 2003

I love the smell of justice in the morning

In case you haven't already heard from a source like MacMinute, Microsoft has actually lost a major legal battle (no, that's not a typo, they really did finally lose in court).

The plaintiffs were Eolas Technologies, a Chicago-based software company, and the University of California. Their claim was that the happy folks at Microsoft stole code from them and used it to create Internet Explorer (gasp!).

The federal jury that came down against Microsoft (a brave and noble act) saw it as a case of good ol' American patent infringement (brings back fond memories, doesn't it?). They awarded Eolas and the University $520 Million in damages (over half a billion dollars!).

Now, you might be one of those people who'll rush out and say something like "Half a billion? Ha! That's chump change to Microsoft!" And while you're probably right, think about this: Microsoft got caught! In fact, you should just say the phrase "Microsoft got caught!" You'll get this warm, happy feeling inside every time you say it.

So, congratulations Eloas and the University of California! Not just congratulations for your court victory, but congratulations on designing - and patenting - something Microsoft was willing to steal. Thank you.

(say it with me:) "Microsoft got caught!"

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