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[News] Microsoft Tries to Illegalise Free Software with "Interoperabilityâ (Patents) Weasel Word

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft Tries to Illegalise Free Software with "Interoperabilityâ (Patents) Weasel Word
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2009 16:31:40 +0000
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Microsoft survey on âperceptions of interoperabilityâ

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| Microsoft appears to be running a survey on 
| âperceptions of interoperability.â Iâll let 
| you decide for yourself whether this is 
| phrased in a completely neutral and 
| objective manner, but you might want to 
| weigh in if you feel you want to help 
| separate perceptions from reality.


US DOJ lets Microsoft resume collecting protocol royalties

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| Microsoft may begin collecting royalties 
| again for licensing some protocols because 
| clear technical documentation is now 
| available, the U.S. Department of Justice 
| (DOJ) said on Tuesday.
| The change comes after the DOJ issued its 
| latest joint status report regarding its 
| 2002 antitrust settlement with Microsoft.
| The settlement required Microsoft to make 
| available technical documentation that would 
| allow other vendors to make products that 
| are interoperable with Microsoft's Windows 
| operating systems. 


Microsoft urges Flash makers to pay fat dollar for exFAT format

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| In March, Microsoft signed an IP licensing 
| deal with TomTom, after the companies 
| exchanged legal threats in court over 
| patents related to the FAT formats. The pair 
| eventually agreed to play nice, much to the 
| chagrin of many in the open source world.



The CodePlex Foundation: First Impressions (and Recommendations)

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| Q:  What about the CodePlex mission?  How does that sound?
| A:  I had to smile a bit when I listened to the (scripted) interview at the
| site.  The premise seems to be that (a) âsome companiesâ have âcultureâ
| problems that keep them out of open source projects, or are âuneasyâ with the
| âintellectual propertyâ rules of open source foundations; (b) that âmore
| companiesâ would participate âas much as they shouldâ if better practices, and
| intellectual property tools, were developed; and (c) that a place is needed to
| bring âsuch companiesâ and open source developers together.  Itâs clear that
| all of these statements would be true if you substituted âMicrosoftâ for the
| phrase, âsome companies,â but I havenât noticed that any of these factors has
| been a problem for most other software vendors.
| This slide from the interview will give you the flavor:
| Â    Commercial software developers currently under-participate in open source
| projects
|     -  Cultural differences
|     -  Differing development methodologies
|     -  Differing perspectives on copyrights and patents
|     -  Differing perspectives on licensing
| Â    No other foundation is dedicated to changing that situation


Touristâs Guide to Microsoftâs Potemkin Village

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| To me, when someone starts heralding Microsoft - it instantly raises astroturf
| / shill suspicions in my mind. Automatic acceptance and praise  not only puts
| aside natural and justified skepticism, but it also skips right over âwait and
| seeâ into fanboy-land. I do not see how that is an intellectually honest
| position to take.

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