What is Wrong with RAND?

Posted by vainrveenr on Apr 18, 2008 7:33 AM EDT
Groklaw; By Pamela Jones
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I wrote yesterday that RAND terms can be discriminatory, and that in fact due to the Microsoft OSP, OOXML is discriminatory against the GPL and Open Source licenses, despite being made available under RAND terms. Microsoft's Jason Matusow responded with a blog entry suggesting I need to bone up on standards and licenses. Why Microsoft folks can't be polite is a mystery to me, but I persist in responding with decency. He thought it would be helpful to hear from lawyers on the subject. So, I did some research for him, and I find that there are quite a number of lawyers who agree with me. So here you are, Jason: what is wrong with RAND from folks whose credentials you will respect.

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