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SQL Server developers face huge royalty bills. How many, how much?
By Drew Cullen
Posted: 20/02/2003 at 23:00 GMT
A Washington court ruling could see SQL Server developers liable for millions of dollars in licensing fees.
The judgment concerns a contract dispute between Timeline Inc. and Microsoft, over three patents relating to datamarts. In Microsoft's interpretration of its licence with Timeline, published in a press release in July 1999, "all users of Microsoft SQL Server 7, Office 2000 and other Microsoft products that utilize this type of technology are unencumbered by Timeline's patents."