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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..."

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