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Ed Foster's Gripelog: A Defining Moment

Jun 03, 2003, 02:30 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Semi-Unabridged Webster Corp., publishers of the Semi-Unabridged Webster Dictionary of 1923, today announced it has granted a license of English language intellectual property rights to Microsoft Corporation. The licensing deal makes Microsoft the first company to ensure its products and services will be in copyright compliance with the use of English.

"'We are very grateful for Microsoft's acknowledgement of our intellectual property rights and for their support in our efforts to make English available to all for a reasonable licensing fee,' said Preston Gates Ellis, CEO and General Counsel for the recently-formed Semi-Unabridged Webster (SUW). Ellis acknowledged that Microsoft received a particularly favorable licensing due to its 'small investment' in his company, but declined to provide detailed numbers..."

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