[svlug] MS outlaw?

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Thu May 29 21:43:36 PDT 2003


Remember when MS acknowledged they were using some intellectual property of UC 
Berkeley?: http://www.kingcountyjournal.com/sited/story/html/95213 

MS gives credit to UC Berkeley for instance with Windows 2003: 
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/prodtechn 
ol/windowsserver2003/proddocs/datacenter/copyright.asp

But here is the text, verbatim, reproduced from the MS copyright:

"This product includes software developed by the University of California, 
Berkeley and its contributors.

Portions of this product are based in part on the work of the Regents of the 
University of California, Berkeley and its contributors. Because Microsoft has 
included the Regents of the University of California, Berkeley, software in 
this product, Microsoft is required to include the following text that 
accompanied such software:

Copyright 1985, 1988 Regents of the University of California. All rights 
reserved.

Redistribution and use in source and binary forms are permitted provided that 
the above copyright notice and this paragraph are duplicated in all such forms 
and that any documentation, advertising materials, and other materials related 
to such distribution and use acknowledge that the software was developed by the 
University of California, Berkeley. The name of the University may not be used 
to endorse or promote products derived from this software without specific 
prior written permission. THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT ANY 
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED 
WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTIBILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE."


Read it!
This is the old style BSD license.

In short the license requires that every Windows related materials, including 
advertising for Windows NT, XP, and 2003 should have reproduced this license 
and copyright notice! Did you see it on TV, papers, etc? Nope...


I am not a lawyer but with this infringement, can UC Berkeley have MS server 
2003 removed from the market? Settle with MS for a few billions $...

What do you think?

Benjamin
Project Manager, Victoire Multimedia, Inc. http://www.victoire.com 



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