[OT] MS EULA -- (will ActiveState become outlaws? ;-)

Pierre Fortin pfortin at pfortin.com
Fri Jun 22 17:29:17 CEST 2001


Roeland Rengelink wrote:
> 
> "Steven D. Majewski" wrote:
> >
> > Is this the next stage of Microsoft's war against Open Source ?
> >
> > Discussion of this on SlashDot :
> > <http://slashdot.org/articles/01/06/21/1810258.shtml>
> > ( Right before the article on the Monty Python Action Figures! )
> >
> > If this spreads to all of Microsoft's EULA's, will this make
> > ActiveState illegal ?  They don't specifically mention Python's
> > license, but they do mention Perl's ( and the "similar to any
> > of the following" clause would seem to include Python's. )
> >
> > Does anyone know if this should be taken seriously ?
> >
> > -- Steve Majewski
> >
> > <http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdn-files/027/001/516/eula_mit.htm>
> 
> Ironically, NS under Linux refuses to display that ;)

This page was visible with NS4.77/Linux yesterday; now, it stalls for a few
seconds, then presents a "page not found" screen...  either they are shutting
out NS and/or Linux, or they've removed it...


> Well, as I see it the GPL licence is morally equivalent to
> 
> 1. This is raging commie stuff
> 2. You can't use raging commie stuff in conjunction with evil empire
> stuff
> 
> and this microsoft licence is morally equivalent to
> 
> 1. This is evil empire stuff
> 2. You can't use evil empire stuff in conjunction with raging commie
> stuff
> 
> For once the free software movement and microsoft seem to agree on
> something
> 
> More seriously, the lack of a definition of ''use'' under (ii), and the
> misleading definition of Potentially Viral Software gives the impression
> that this was written by their PR department, rather than their lawyers.
> 
> But then, I know as little about law as I do about PR.
> 
> Roeland
> --
> r.b.rigilink at chello.nl
> 
> "Half of what I say is nonsense. Unfortunately I don't know which half"

The first half... :^)

Pierre



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