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Microsoft's Craig Mundie responds to his critics

May 17, 2001, 17:07 (90 Talkback[s])
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Despite the intense criticism thrown his way by Open Software/Free Software advocates, Microsoft's Craig Mundie responds with his reasons as to why Open/Free software is still questionable: because it devalues the intellectual-property rights of individuals. To wit:

"When comparing the commercial software model to the open-source software model, look carefully at the business plans and licensing structures that form their foundations. This comparison leads to the conclusion that the commercial software model alone has the capacity for sustaining real economic growth. Intellectual capital has always been, and will remain, the core asset of the software industry, and of almost every other industry. Preserving that capital--and investing in its constant renewal--benefits everyone."

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