Trend Micro Sues Barracuda Over Open Source Anti-Virus

Julian Field MailScanner at
Tue Jan 29 22:12:41 GMT 2008

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Hugo van der Kooij wrote:
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> Julian Field wrote:
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> |
> | Hugo van der Kooij wrote:
> |> But in fact it does not matter what scanner you use. The way they 
> put it
> |> any viruscanner called upon by MailScanner is a violation of the 
> patent
> |> as well.
> | But MailScanner is not written in the US. Remember I live in the EU,
> | where software patents don't exist. So it doesn't violate anything, as
> | there is nothing to violate.
> | :-)
> |
> |> So if Trend Micro can get away with this then we are all up
> |> against the legal wall as well.
> | Oh no we're not...
> Well You are right about you and me. But those users using MailScanner
> in the US? They are violating the patent in question. So some of "us"
> might be liable as well if this stinking deal goes on.
But I thought patents affected the designers of such systems, not the 
users. They are going after Barracuda, not their customers.


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