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    Law suits against DTS / OLAP solutions developers

    has anyone seen the comments at:
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/53/29419.html
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    http://news.com.com/2100-1001-985359.html

    these links mention a company called Timeline who have won a case against Microsoft regarding certain parts of SQL7 and SQL2000.
    It seems to be an issue where anyone has used DTS or OLAP on a SQL server.
    If i understand it correctly, microsoft dont have the right to pass on any license to SQL purchasers to use these facilities to manipulate data - Timeline have the right to charge anyone for these features - big time.

    can anyone make more sense of it than this, should all SQL developers be running for a lawyer or is it unlikely to reach beyond the big corporate cases and the professional developer/re-sellers? <img src=/S/broke.gif border=0 alt=broke width=31 height=23> <img src=/S/flee.gif border=0 alt=flee width=25 height=25>

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    Re: Law suits against DTS / OLAP solutions developers

    I am not a patent lawyer, but let me give you my rough interpretation of what Timeline is saying in http://www.tmln.com/press.htm:<blockquote><hr>Timeline takes the position that Microsoft Analyst Services databases built with Microsoft

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    Re: Law suits against DTS / OLAP solutions developers

    Now you have me really worried, how did you know i was on a stepladder when i wrote the DTS packages on our server!? <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

    ok, i wont be so nervous when there is a knock at the door now!

    thanks for your interpretation.

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