Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Sep 2010 20:57 UTC
Microsoft Who said a public outcry - even if it's just on the internet - never helped anyone? Yesterday, we reported on The New York Times' findings that Microsoft lawyers were taking part in raids on opposition groups in Russia. Today, Microsoft has announced a number of steps to fix the situation - the most significant of which is a unilateral software license extended to all NGOs in Russia and several other countries.
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I think you are overestimating the marginal cost at $1. If the affected parties are not aware of the license, then you have to assume they have either bought or pirated the software. So there is no additional cost to Microsoft. They are just renouncing the right the later sue the parties. Being NGOs that probably wouldn't bring in any money to Microsoft, and would probably affect Microsoft negatively if PR-value is considered. All in all, this is a free move. Only the office to advocate the new deal has any real cost associated to it.

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