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CNET News.com: Microsoft wants to censor some open-source postings

May 11, 2000, 23:13 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ian Fried, Jim Hu)

"Microsoft is seeking to force open-source news site Slashdot.org to remove reader comments that it says violate its copyright."

"The software giant sent Slashdot's parent company, Andover.Net, a "notice of copyright infringement" invoking the protections of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Under the federal law, Internet service providers are required to take down material posted by others if notified by a copyright holder that the material is an infringement."

"Microsoft says Slashdot readers improperly posted specifications for the Windows 2000 operating system and its use of Kerberos Web security technology. The software giant recently made that information available for download on its Web site, but it requires people to agree that such material is "confidential" and a "trade secret."

"Regardless of whether Microsoft is successful in getting the information removed from Slashdot, legal analysts say material that found its way on to the Internet may no longer be entitled to trade secret protections. It likely would be protected by less restrictive copyright protections, however."

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