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Microsoft, Linux Foundation issue joint letter opposing proposed software-licensing principles

May 18, 2009, 14:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"The letter, which the two sent to to the American Law Institute (ALI), was designed to "express our shared concerns with the group's draft Principles of the Law of Software Contracts," according to a blog post by Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel.

"(Yes, that same Horacio Gutierrez who is known for claiming free and open-source software violated 235 of Microsoft's patents.)

"According to Gutierrez's latest blog post, while Microsoft and the Linux Foundation have been almost always on opposite sides of the software-licensing fence, they both agree that the ALI Principles -- designed to provide guidance to judges and others charged with interpreting software-licensing agreements -- could do more harm than good."

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