Computerworld.NZ: MS Code-Sharing 'Faustian Bargain' says lawyer
Jul 08, 2003, 11:00 (12 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft's 'shared source' scheme, a response to the growing
popularity of open source software, is a 'Faustian bargain,' says
lawyer Craig Horrocks.
"The shared source approach, which lets some large users see
Windows source code but not alter it, could rebound badly on
software developers who are careless at building mental walls
between their own legitimate intellectual property and what they
have learned from perusing Microsoft code.
"Shared source could severely handicap, if not forbid, those who
have seen Microsoft code from developing in an open source
framework, Horrocks said, in an address late last month to the New
Zealand Computer Society..."