The Novell-sponsored project porting the Silverlight cross-browser plug to Linux is getting patent protection from Microsoft, indemnifying users from aggressive patent holders and litigators such as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
Microsoft will provide codecs worth $1m to every user downloading Moonlight from Novell under a special patent covenant, separate to the companies' broader - and controversial - patent protection and interoperability deal of November 2005.
Miguel de Icaza, Novell developer platform vice president leading Moonlight, told a panel on open source at Microsoft's Mix 08 conference anyone who downloads a codec from Novel under the patent covenant is covered. "If you download from a third party, you probably have to speak to Microsoft," he added.
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