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Microsoft Bans Its Own License

Feb 18, 2011, 19:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simon Phipps)

[ Thanks to e5rebel for this link. ]

"Earlier in the week I wrote about the way old-school vendors self-harm out of an instinctive desire for control of their markets. If you're following geekspace, you may have spotted a storm brewing concerning Microsoft's policy on open source licensed software on the Windows Phone app store ("Marketplace"). The storm was triggered by an ambiguously-titled posting on Red Hat evangelist Jan Wildeboer's personal blog (originally titled "Absolutely NO Free Software For Windows Phone and XBox" but subsequently improved to clarify he's only talking about copyleft licenses).

"Jan points to the "Windows Phone Marketplace Application Provider Agreement (a PDF I'm afraid) which asserts in section 5e:

"The Application must not include software, documentation, or other materials that, in whole or in part, are governed by or subject to an Excluded License, or that would otherwise cause the Application to be subject to the terms of an Excluded License.

"and earlier in section 1l defines an "Excluded License" thus"

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