The scope of their current licenses does NOT enable them to provide “pixie dust” to bless another (3rd party) business applications.   The value of the customer relationship is between the Application vendor of record and the paying customer, the OS (is acting as an enabler) and the retailers (are acting as a conduit to connect that value), and taking their % for that middleman role.  

One blogger suggested that an OS or device vendor or retailer could choose to contact Lodsys and purchase a license on behalf of its application ecosystem, but so far such discussions haven’t taken place. From Lodsys’ perspective, it is seeking to be paid value for rights it holds and which are being used by others.  Economically, the best return is probably to license each Application vendor for a piece of value, rather than to include in a “buyout” for an OS vendor. 

 


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