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eWeek: Microsoft clarifies exec's open-source concerns

Feb 21, 2001, 08:32 (85 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Coffee)

"Microsoft Corp. representatives assert that Platforms Group Vice President Jim Allchin was "misunderstood" when he expressed concerns last week about the long-term industry effects of open-source software."

"Jim was not misquoted," a company official said, referring to an interview in which Allchin was said to have warned that "open source is an intellectual-property destroyer...."

"Microsoft representatives told eWEEK Tuesday that Allchin was primarily concerned about the impact of the GNU General Public License, the widely used statement of open-source terms and conditions introduced 10 years ago by the Free Software Foundation Inc."

"In other words, Microsoft representatives warned, "anyone who adds or innovates under the GPL agrees to make the resulting code, in its entirety, available for all to use ... [which] might constrain innovating stemming from taxpayer-funded software development."

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