[LINK] MS finally stops helping despots crush resistance
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Tue Oct 19 10:31:36 EST 2010
At 10:19 +1100 19/10/10, Kim Holburn wrote:
>It's an interesting story but I can't see how Microsoft can come out
>of this well. The countries where Microsoft does this, could now
>accuse them (as a foreign company and even as an arm of a foreign
>government) of helping dissident groups, interfering in internal
>politics. And they would have a very good point.
My reading of it is that Microsoft's move has little to do with
either the dissident groups or the foreign governments.
It's all about Microsoft's standing in the US.
There's a very strong freedom movement in the US, and the company
can't afford to get bad press about stifling *anyone's* freedoms from
outlets such as the NYT.
Microsoft wants to continue being the primary muscle behind
anti-software 'piracy' associations.
So it has to make sure that the actions against users of unlicensed
software are seen as 'a good thing' and 'the American way', not as
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