[linux-elitists] Microsoft's Lobbying Priorities: Limiting Open Source (fwd from brian-slashdotnews@hyperreal.org)

Eugen Leitl eugen@leitl.org
Sun Sep 19 23:12:35 PDT 2004


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From: brian-slashdotnews@hyperreal.org
Date: 19 Sep 2004 22:26:01 -0000
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Subject: Microsoft's Lobbying Priorities: Limiting Open Source
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Link: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/09/19/1823228
Posted by: michael, on 2004-09-19 21:23:00

   from the boston-strangler-analogies-abound dept.
   [1]MonkeyDev writes "In the story on cio.com, '[2]Mr. Gates Goes to
   Washington', the author says...'Microsoft cared little for politics
   until the Department of Justice called it a monopoly. Now the company
   approaches lobbying the way it approaches everything- aggressively-and
   consequently it dominates the technology policy agenda.' The article
   outlines Microsoft's power, provides several examples of legislative
   decisions heavily influenced by the company, and talks about where
   they are aiming their newly found political clout. 'Microsoft's policy
   agenda includes issues that many CIOs agree with, notably more
   government funding for research and development, stronger copyright
   protection, and free trade in offshore products and services. However,
   two of Microsoft's policy priorities, limiting the adoption of
   open-source software and inoculating technology companies from spam
   liability, stand out as areas wherein what's good for Microsoft may
   not be good for all CIOs.' Further, 'Microsoft has lobbied
   particularly hard against open source, helping kill state bills that
   advocate for open source in Oregon and Texas. Microsoft argues that
   open source freezes innovation, and Krumholtz says that commercial
   software alone spurs economic growth and creates jobs.'"

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References

   1. mailto:linuxmonkey@qwest.net
   2. http://www.cio.com/archive/091504/microsoft.html/
   3. http://ads.osdn.com/?ad_id=5150&alloc_id=11075&site_id=1&request_id=6236416

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