IBM should be held to thier word
If IBM publicly told the world they would not enforce X patents against open source, then the world should hold them to their word. I'm tired of the double standard.
Music companies get away with charging you 4-5 times the value of their product in cases of shoplifting, but when the CD makes colluded to steal from the public, the got off paying a fraction of the stolen amount.
If IBM were the person, and Open source the big corporation, they would sue IBM for lying.
Which is of course what this guy should do if he is indeed correct. Take them to court on it, plenty of states will let you sue for a oral contract, especially when there is public record of such agreement.
Also what the hell is IBM thinking???!?! Do they really think they will get fans, investors, and supporters from these actions? It is precisely IBM's embrace of Open source that makes them such a strong competitor.