PATENT TROLL antivirus vendor Trend Micro might have bitten off more than it can chew by attacking the free open sauce software (FOSS) product ClamAv.
On Friday, the Dutch freedom advocacy organisation ScriptumLibre called for "a worldwide boycott on Trend Micro products." A banner on its website home page asks the question, "Would you do business with a company that would sue you for using a competitors product?"
ScriptumLibre's Boycott Trend Micro page makes the charge that the company is "abusing the patent system and aggressively attacking ClamAV users and developers directly" by accusing Barracuda Networks of patent infringement.
The page states, "Like SCO, Trend Micro has exceeded the boundary of decent and respectable commerce, it has become a pariah and should be punished." If nothing else, being compared to SCO should be enough to make any software vendor pause and take stock of its behaviour and its image in the marketplace.
The group asks companies and individuals to learn about Trend Micro's attack on ClamAV and support the boycott by getting rid of all Trend Micro software, placing banners on their websites, encouraging IT decision-makers and others to support the boycott, and so on. It also has a press release explaining its views.
The massive IT consultancies at IBM Global Services, HP, Unisys and elsewhere all do a lot of infrastructure work using both proprietary software, some of it from Trend Micro, and FOSS products like Linux, Apache, MySQL and ClamAV.
A few phone calls from executives at those big IT services firms should be more than enough to get Trend Micro's attention on this issue. Perhaps some of those people should carefully consider their own interests, then pick up their phones.
There's an article about Trend Micro's attack on Barracuda Networks, ClamAV and FOSS users and developers in general over at Linux.com, and that's here. µ
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