More on the Trend Micro patent

Dutch free knowledge and culture advocacy group has called for a worldwide boycott of Trend Micro products. Their chairman, Wiebe van der Worp, claims Trend Micro’s aggressive use of litigation is “well beyond the borders of decency”.

Also, this feature has a great quote from Jim Zemlin, the executive director of the Linux Foundation:

“A company that files a patent claim against code coming from a widely adopted open source project vastly underestimates the self-inflicted damage to its customer and community relationships. In today’s world, all of our customers in the software industry are enjoying the benefits of a wide variety of open source projects that provide stability and vendor-neutral solutions to the most basic of their computing needs. I talk to those customers every day. They consider these claims short-sighted and those that assert them to be fearful of their ability to compete in today’s economy.”

Well said.

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  1. Posted February 12, 2008 at 14:41 | Permalink

    The UK academic network has local mirrors of both the MAPS RBL+ (now run by Trend Micro) and, since last year, the Spamhaus Zen blacklist. The RBL+ is almost a subset of the Zen list (only a few % of messages are blocked by the RBL+ and not the Zen), and it has a noticable false-positive rate caused by stale data. I have thought for a while that JANET should get rid of the RBL+ in favour of the Zen list, on purely technical grounds, but this patent trolling provides another reason. I wonder if I should suggest it on the uk-mail-managers list, or if it would be too inflammatory…

  2. Posted February 12, 2008 at 15:33 | Permalink

    well, it’d certainly be inflammatory! But I’d suggest it — IMO, hitting them in the pocket is the best way for those of us outside of the case to make our thoughts known.

  3. Posted February 12, 2008 at 19:16 | Permalink

    I’m not in a position to buy or not buy Trend Micro’s software, but what I will do is refuse to report any false positives to their blacklist.