WSJ.com - Microsoft Extends Legal Protections: "Microsoft Corp. is extending legal protection to personal-computer makers and other partners, the latest step in the company's effort to combat the use of the Linux operating system and what it sees as increasing threats associated with intellectual-property disputes.
The Redmond, Wash., software maker will offer legal indemnification to shield partners that distribute Microsoft software from legal costs and damage claims resulting from litigation over patent, trade secrets or other intellectual property. Microsoft will cover the partners' costs and damages to a level based on the size of the business they do with Microsoft, according to Microsoft executives.
The move comes as Microsoft says partners are seeing growing risk of litigation related to intellectual property. The company already offered indemnification to customers and now it is broadening the program to include partners."