Microsoft has provided 60,000 patents in open access to help Linux
Today, Microsoft announced that it has joined the Open Invention Network (OIN), a patent group designed to protect Linux from lawsuits. In fact, it makes the library company, consisting of more than 60,000 patents, open and accessible to members of the OIN.
OIN provides a licensing platform for Linux 2400 companies from individual developers to large companies such as Google and IBM, and all members of the group have access to patents owned by OIN and to cross-licenses between the partners OIN without any payments.
Joining the biggest developer IN a big step forward for both parties, as the OIN has received thousands of new patents from the company, and Microsoft has helped the community open-source, which she avoided in the past.
“We want to protect open source code from litigation because of patents, so we joined OIN,” said Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Microsoft.
Also, there are exceptions to that, Microsoft has provided open access – in particular, this applies to Windows and certain applications.
The fact that Microsoft changed its policy towards open source is good news for the entire community of developers.