OSI Refers Novell Acquisition To Competition Authorities

The Open Source Initiative (OSI) announced today that it has taken the unprecedented step of referring the proposed sale of Novell's patents to the CPTN consortium (led by Microsoft) to the German competition authorities.

The fact that Microsoft was leading the takeover of Novell’s patents was itself alarming to the open source community, but when it was revealed that Microsoft had recruited Oracle, Apple, and EMC to be co-owners of the patents, the OSI Board felt compelled to request that competition authorities take a closer look at the proposed transaction. We found that the German Federal Cartel Office was open to receive comments from the public about this transaction during the month of December, and so we drafted and sent a letter (see attached), outlining our concerns and requesting that they investigate this transaction thoroughly.

It remains to be seen how this one will play out, but it's our opinion that it is time IP vulchers got a taste of their own medicine.

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— Andrew


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