Something about Microsoft, or Europe demands it share

Summary: An order to release source in Europe is, in fact, an order to release it worldwide

OK, OK, I give.

Let's talk about Microsoft.

Europe wants Big Green's "crown jewels," the code that it uses to glue applications together. It wants open source developers to be able to link their programs to Windows, transparently, as part of the settlement on its antitrust case with the company.

Microsoft doesn't want to give. So it's appealing the European Commission's June order to do that, to the Court of First Instance (I love that name).

Spokesman Tom Brookes said the order has "far-reaching implications for the protection of our intellectual property rights around the world.” He's right. An order to release source in Europe is, in fact, an order to release it worldwide, including to Americans whose courts have been far more Microsoft-friendly.

Fair? Unfair? Discuss.  

Topics: Legal

About

Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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