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Will the court consider it? I understand that suing Valve would be hypocritical for Microsoft, but, I think, legally speaking it's a separate issue. Will the Linux Foundation file a retaliatory counter suit against Microsoft because of its attack on Valve? I doubt it.

After buying Github, it will be a pretty shortsighted move for MS to do it. Everyone remembers their position on API copyrightability in Oracle vs Google case. It's the reason many projects left Github after they bought it. If MS will attack projects like Wine based on that junk, a lot more will ditch Github for good.

The issue here is that games and commercial productivity software are the two main reasons people(power users) still use Windows. If Proton/wine begin to seriously threaten the market share of Windows (say loss of 5-10%), they'll have to do it, I think.

They'll lose gaming lock-in, that's already inevitable. Their only remaining leverage now is Xbox, and even there translation layers can undermine their API lock-in grip.

However attacking FOSS projects using such copyright trolling will backfire and very strongly. In doing that, MS will admit their hypocrisy and all this "MS has changed" will be proven completely wrong.

I'm not saying it's not possible for them to do such attack. But it will basically completely ruin the image they are trying to build now.

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