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Nigerian Firm Sues One Laptop Per Child Foundation

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  1. Jimmy 2004

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    No doubt most techPowerUp! readers will have heard of the One Laptop Per Child project which aims to help developing companies by providing them with cheap (the aim is $100 eventually) laptops, primarily focused on education purposes. However, the project could face some trouble as a Nigerian firm, Lagos Analysis Corp., is now trying to sue the OLPC foundation for illegally reverse engineering the company's software drivers in order to make the keypad on the laptops more accent mark friendly to users. According to Lagos Analysis Corp., the ‘alt gr’ key on the laptop’s keyboard has the same functionality as the ‘shift2’ button on the firm’s own keyboard. The OLPC foundation has responded with the following comment:
    Source: Reg Hardware
     
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    STFU, this is a privilege not a right.
     
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    how low can you go? suing a non profit organization thats trying to make the world a better and more intelligent place... :shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu:shadedshu
     
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    Welcome To Nigeria

    It's all about THIS keyboard and what "purples" show up on the OLPC keyboard [​IMG]

    Oh dear, look where LANCOR put all those QWERTY and $ keys. Oh dear, slap, slap, looks like they've been "reverse engineering" the QWERTY! LOL. I wonder how much money they paid to MS for the "windows logo". Nothing? Oh dear, slap, slap. Get MS to sue them FIRST for PRIOR infringment, and sue them to bankruptcy BEFORE poor old OLPC has to go to court. Quick OLPC, 411 to our friend Bill Gates. He get Balmer and the lawyers all fired up for you!
     
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    nothing but scammers and greedy porn lovers. :shadedshu
     
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    Stupid ass Nigerians, a vastly oil rich country with the vast majority of the population living is poverty, Muslim and Christian religious tensions rising, a corrupted government, kidnapping for ransom and a world wide stereotype for being conmen. I find the general situation in Nigeria enraging as the are countries with far less resources yet they operate on a far more civilised government and have better infrastructures. OLPC should tell these conmen to just go and FORK OFF!
     
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    Please keep the country-flaming to a minimum in the news section.
     
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    i wouldn't blame nigeria for this, its lagos analysis corp that needs its ass flamed...
     
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    I bet OLPC received email notification of the issue but simply deleted it thinking it was the typical Nigerian email fraud attempts :laugh: You know the ones, like those listed here, pretty funny stuff but I get em all the time :banghead:
     
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    Lol, suing a non-profit organisation...that has to be a first surely?
     
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    panchoman Sold my stars!

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    nope, linux has been sued(especcially ubuntu and redhat) many times by other oses..
     
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    And this supposed "intellectual property" is any different than the function button found on most laptops??? Reverse engineering isn't illegal as long as no patents are being trampled upon. If they bought the keyboards it's their right to take them apart, use them as target practice, or set on fire. But once again, if this makes it to the courts they're going to have a hard time differentiating how their shift2 button is functionally different than the function button on laptops so that keys can have more than one value. At that rate, it'd be hard to differentiate it from the shift button on all keyboards to use either the symbols or numbers on the top row of the keyboard (same goes with num lock and the number pad).

    Edit: I just re-read and saw that it was the software drivers that they claim are reverse engineered. Still, don't they realize that this tech is not even close to new? I just don't see them winning this against OLPC.
     
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    Hmmm ... 99.9% of the keys on my Microsoft keyboards do the exact same thing as they do on my logitech keyboards.

    I smell LAWSUIT !!!!
     
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    i hate nigerians because the damn spam by email

    gmail filter catch like the 99% of spam, but still sometimes one mail goes to my inbox

    that country is the most corrupt one (well, maybe my country venezuela is the winner now)
     
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    Got any sources for that? The only major lawsuit I'm aware of that went against a company selling Linux was SCO Group v. International Business Machines, Inc., and IBM's pretty much won that.

    About the OLPC: the only outcome of this will be that OLPC's might not be sold in Nigeria. Considering what that country does with computers when they get them, though, I'll count this as a blessing.
     
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    patents are messed up, i mean you can make a patent for tires that are round and then sue every company for their round tires
     
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    I personally don't understand why you'd sue a NPO like this. Presumably it is a limited company, and as it has no money the only thing that can possibly happen is that it will be forced to sell its assets (production machinery) to pay any fines and then go out of business. Suing Ubuntu would be even more pointless because they have no real assets worth much.
     
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    So basically they are sueing over what amounts to a FN key, which has been present on laptops for decades...
     
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    Oh dear god, what has the world come to? :shadedshu
     
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    Its Nigeria.. theres some messed up people in this world. especially in under developed parts of the world, thats why Im not overly suprised by this.
     
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    I'm glad everyone sees how stupid these people are.
     
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    My logitech mouse does the same thing as some mice from Microsoft and Razor. I smell a multi lawsuit!
     

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