More on the Trend Micro patent

Dutch free knowledge and culture advocacy group ScriptumLibre.org 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 Linux.com 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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3 Comments

  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.