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Google fined $5m over patent row

Google fined $5m over patent row

A judgement by a Texas jury against Google could have major implications for the search giant and the open source world said experts.

The internet titan was found guilty of infringing a patent related to the Linux kernel and fined $5m (£3.2m).

The software is used by Google for its server platforms and could also extend to its Android mobile platform.

The kernel is at the core of the open-source operating system meaning this verdict could be far-reaching.

The case resulted in a victory for a firm called Bedrock Computer Technologies which has also sued Yahoo, MySpace, Amazon, PayPal, Match.com and AOL.

“The amount of the fine is not what makes this an important issue,” intellectual property activist Florian Mueller told BBC News.

“This is a modest amount considering Google is probably the largest scale Linux user in the world.

Read More/Source: BBC News

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