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Slashdot: Our [slashdot's] Attorney's Response To Microsoft

May 19, 2000, 00:22 (9 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Kenneth Scharf for this link. ]

"As a general matter, it is the policy of Slashdot not to interfere with or censor the communications of its users. Andover.Net is particularly concerned about censoring the user postings on which you have focused given their apparent relevance to issues in the current antitrust litigation between the Microsoft and the government."

"In our review of this matter, it would be helpful if you could provide certain information:

1. How can Microsoft claim proprietary protections for enhancement to an open standard protocol?

2. How can Microsoft use the Kerberos name, which signifies an open standard protocol, in connection with a proprietary protocol?

3. How can Microsoft claim trade secrecy for a protocol that is distributed over the Internet?
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8. Why shouldn't Slashdot users and the general public be able to view this protocol for purposes of commentary and criticism in light of its apparent relevance to issues in the government's antitrust litigation?"

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