Microsoft Passport License
Copyright (C) 2001 by Steve Litt, all rights
April 10, 2001: Believe it or not, it appears
Microsoft's still trying for a Passport content
April 5, 2001: Late on April 4, 2001, Microsoft revised
no longer claimed the right to use any and all material coming through
Passport. This does not change the essential fact that their earlier license
claimed the right to grab all content. The fact that they changed the language
only after intense pressure that included webmasters around the world blocking
incoming email from Microsoft controlled websites, and content owners prohibiting
access via Passport.
It will take me some time to revise content on the "Microsoft
Passport Lincese Dangers" website to reflect the change. Be aware,
however, that in my view, the problem is not over -- it's merely postponed.
Here's the problem. On April 1 through at least April 3, 2001, the Microsoft
to me to give Microsoft the right to use any data passing through the Passport
web site, regardless of the copyright status of that material.
As a result:
How you can help stop the data grab:
Explanations of Troubleshooters.Com's position:
Email Steve Litt (but not
All your data
(and biz plans) are belong to Microsoft by Andrew Orlowski.
Passport: "All Your Bits Are Belong To Us" appeared on Slashdot.
MS To Users:
Pay Up, by Mitch Wagner. Although it doesn't address Passport specifically,
it sheds light on Microsoft's attitudes.
blocks MS mail access: MoonGroup's Chuck Mead puts his money where
his mouth is and blocks email access to msn.com, msn.net, microsoft.com,
microsoft.net, hotmail.com, and hotmail.net. The reason, of course, is
Passport. The coloration of this page makes it necessary on some browsers
to highlight the text in order to read it. Go ahead and highlight -- this
is a must-read.
This does not contain the offensive material, but you can see
- let the games begin: by: Lester Haines Posted: 09/04/2001 at 11:04
GMT -- A journalist and a Microsoft apologist spar via email.
Microsoft erects .NET tollgate: by Andrew Orlowski Posted: 3/19/2001
at 19:15 GMT -- We knew all along that Microsoft's core competancy is monopolization.
Here's their plan in the post-windows era.
world+dog from Passport climb-down: by Andrew Orlowski Posted: 4/7/2001
at 00:48 GMT: HERE IT IS PEOPLE, MICROSOFT IS STILL DOING THE DIRTY DEED
WITH THE PASSPORT LICENSE!