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From: Aaron Bazar <yeranb(at)>
Date: Fri Apr 01 2005 - 23:10:29 GMT
I heard Microsoft wanted to use swish-e as a basis for a new operating system. Maybe it would be prudent to have the lawyers register "swishdows"

before you pursue it further. 

Anyway, it is probably premature, but ...Google is worth 50 billion dollars, or so. I think swish-e, although a bit smaller, is still worthy of at least

1 or 2 billion. 

To be fair you should divide it up alphabetically.. Start with the A's...


-----Original Message-----

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On Behalf Of Bill Moseley

Sent: Friday, April 01, 2005 5:05 PM

To: Multiple recipients of list

Subject: [SWISH-E] MS Swish

I just got off the phone with a lawyer from Microsoft and he says they want to buy the swish-e "technology" (his words) for "their own internal use". I call bullshit -- I think it's just another MS attack on open source. But, he also implied that swish-e might be infringing on MS-owned patents. Nice threat. The interesting thing, of course, it that the code is free for their use, but my guess is it's the name that they really want us to stop using.

So three questions:

1) how much money should we ask for? I have no idea what's reasonable.

2) how should we distribute the money? My idea is to just split it up for all members of the swish-e list (I already grabbed a current subscription list, so don't bother subscribing multiple addresses at this point).

3) since the code is freely available, I could just repackage under a different name. So what name should we use? I wonder if we could use "mswish" just to piss them off, of it that would be too close to the existing name -- or one they might want to use.





Bill Moseley

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