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SRO: Java Standards Glitch May Open Door for Microsoft

Nov 20, 1999, 02:24 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deborah Gage)

"Sun Microsystems Inc. has until December 1 to inform ECMA whether it wants to continue working with ECMA to standardize Java. ECMA is an international industry association based in Europe and is Sun's current route for making Java an international standard."

"However, Sun is withholding its 8400-page Java specification from ECMA because ECMA will not allow Sun to maintain its copyright through the standards process. Sun has accused Microsoft, an ECMA member, of violating Sun's copyright in U.S. District Court, and is hoping for reinstatement of a preliminary injunction against Microsoft based on that accusation. Sun General Counsel Mike Morris said he expects U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte to rule on the injunction, which would require Microsoft products to comply with Sun's Java, by the end of the month...."

"Microsoft officials vowed to submit "improvements" to Java when ECMA took over the Java standards work but declined to be interviewed."

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