September 30, 2011, 3:44 PM — Our own Brian Proffitt was just one of several tech journalists who hopped on an incredibly juicy quote from Korea Times on why Samsung agreed to pay protection money to Microsoft over Android patents:
"If Samsung truly believed that Google's takeover of Motorola Mobility was going to be helpful to the entire Android eco-system at large, it would have waited until that deal was closed before concluding the license agreement with Microsoft," said a Samsung official to The Korea Times. "Samsung knows it can't rely on Google. We've decided to address Android IP issues on our own."
For anyone following the various ongoing Android dramas, this is an incredible admission! A major Android player admitting that Google can't protect them from patent vulnerabilities, and also stating openly that they don't think the Google-Motorola deal has other Android parters' best interests in mind. The only problem is that almost the exact same thing was said by notorious gadfly Florian Mueller on his FOSS patents blog:
If Samsung truly believed that Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility was going to be helpful to the Android ecosystem at large, it would have waited until that deal is closed before concluding the license agreement with Microsoft. But Samsung probably knows it can't rely on Google. It decided to address Android's intellectual property issues on its own.
It's a pretty obvious example of wholesale copying -- but why? Mueller, in a note to Daring Fireball's Jon Gruber, says that he emailed his blog post to Kim Yoo-chul, the Korea Times reporter who was working on the story (because he emails his posts to lots of people, as most tech journalists know); Mueller believes that the resulting mixup arose from a native Korean speaker dealing with a very different language.