Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Feb 2008 21:51 UTC, submitted by Xaero_Vincent
Microsoft Microsoft rolled out its big guns, including CEO Steve Ballmer and Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie, to underscore its commitment to the set of new interoperability principles announced Feb. 21 that are designed to increase the openness of its high-volume products and drive greater interoperability. In fact, Microsoft's long-term success depends on its ability to deliver a software and services platform that is open and flexible and provides customers and developers with choice, Ballmer said during a media teleconference. The EU is skeptical on Microsoft's pledges, according to Ars.
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Or what about the legalities of creating such software in a location where the patents do not apply (eg europe)?
Surely you could distribute something under compliance with local laws, and it's up to the receiver to determine if the software complies with his local laws. If you had to take account of the law in every possible location where you're code could be used, then you'd not have been able to distribute any code a few years ago, as it was illegal to own a computer in places like Iraq.

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