Thursday, 15 August 2013
Microsoft Censors OpenOffice Download Links
DMCA takedown notices are baffling things. They can so easily and rapidly (and indiscriminately) be generated, the scattergun approach can hit all sorts of unintended targets. Torrentfreak carries the remarkable news that in its enthusiasm to protect its (inherently pathetically weak) OFFICE trade mark, Microsoft has issued takedown notices citing download links for that excellent open-source alternative to the Microsoft offering, OpenOffice: Microsoft Censors OpenOffice Download Links. And it adds that Microsoft has even managed to impugn its own website in this way. You could not make it up.
Posted by Peter Groves at 13:52