Microsoft rolls over as Uniloc wins decade-long war
Oz David bags Redmond Goliath
Uniloc, the Australian software developer that has been embroiled in a decade long legal battle with Microsoft over copyright infringement, has reached settlement terms with its bete noir.
Founded by Australian Ric Richardson twenty years ago when he devised a product to prevent software piracy, Uniloc took on the software giant in 2003 when he discovered that Microsoft had used his invention without his knowledge or permission.
In 2009, Uniloc which had launched in the US, won a landmark patent infringement case securing $US388m in damages from Microsoft. However, an appeal court January found that Microsoft’s infringement was not wilful and called for a new trial on damages.
Richardson has revealed on his blog that the war is over with Uniloc and Microsoft settling on undisclosed terms and according to Microsoft “a mutually agreeable resolution.”
Richardson said cryptically that “what this means for Uniloc and Microsoft will become more apparent, but for me as the inventor it means the question mark hanging over my patent is no longer in question.”
He described the ordeal as akin to “having your career anchored on a test you did when you were a kid and someone questioning your score decades after the fact... all you can do is stick to your position and hope the truth rings true.”
He also commended the Uniloc team for its “relentless effort” to represent his interests along with the other shareholders of Uniloc as the case ran it's course. ®
Microsoft, the King of sleazebags -- par excellence!
Yuh really have to give credit where credit's due, Microsoft is the absolute King of sleazebags.
Just think, what other company would pirate anti-piracy software, employ it in their products and then start out on a worldwide moral campaign about the evils of piracy; then for good measure sue anyone who pirated Microsoft software?
If Microsoft had never existed and someone had written a novel with this plot it'd be laughed at for being so unbelievable. When the history is finally written about Microsoft, someone will point out that it's put the 19th C. railway baron/moguls to shame with its lower-than-gutter ethics.
I'm feeling as if I want to chunder.
Re: Software should be free
Sure; so should food, clothing shelter, Bugatti Veyrons and Learjets; BUT THEY AREN'T.
I think Mr. Richardson's gripe was that MS assumed his software WAS free.
The Real World(TM) - you're standing in it.
What did he expect?
"he devised a product to prevent software piracy ... he discovered that Microsoft had used his invention without his knowledge or permission"
He should have installed some kind of anti-irony protection.