“People who use Red Hat, at least with respect to our intellectual property, in a sense have an obligation to compensate us,” Ballmer said last week at a company event in London discussing online services in the UK.
A video report of Ballmer’s speech (registration required) was posted on Mydeo over the weekend.
Red Hat has repeatedly stated that it will engage in a patent licensing deal similar to the Novell-Microsoft partnership, referring to its as an ‘innovation tax’.
Microsoft has been the second most aggressive party in pursuing alleged intellectual property claims against Linux and open source in general.
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