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Linux.com: Here Comes the Hurricane

May 15, 2000, 03:05 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark McGrew)

"A coalition of several hundred software companies, including Microsoft, AT&T, and IBM, has requested assistance from the United Nations in developing an infrastructure for delivering software updates and patches on an international level. The coalition is called the Application Service Provider Industry Consortium."

" But why the United Nations? Given the UN's ability to entangle itself in situations without really trying, do we really want the UN involved in software updates? Besides, what's really wrong with what we currently have?"

"Then again, is this the beginning of UCITA on a global scale? Since a corporation's ability to pursue software pirates is limited in such legally difficult areas as sub-Saharan Africa, southeast Asia, and the kid down the street with a CD-RW drive in his parents' computer, the United Nations seems a perfect ally to enforce global restrictions on who can use their products, and how, and when."

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