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Bruce Perens: Don't Trust Microsoft on ODF; Europe to Crack Down on Microsoft Lobbying

Yesterday we wrote about Microsoft's attempt to 'consume' ODF. Joining the skepticism now is the man behind the open source definition and a vocal critic of Novell's deal with Microsoft. Bruce Perens does not trust Microsoft, either. He explains why.



Microsoft was also present at IETF meetings around that time, and was enthusiasticaly gaming the system. I remember one Microsoft attorney with three assistants who were each feeding "audience" questions at the attorney's direction.

Organizations like Sun, which ran a large standards department, were tremendously concerned with Microsoft's attempts to game the system at the time.

Microsoft is no newcomer to the standards business. Protests otherwise on their behalf are insincere.


Remember Tim Bray's confession about experiences with Microsoft inside standards bodies. It plays dirty. And speaking of which, it seems like Europe is prepared to finally step up and curb the disease which is political manipulation -- one of those areas where Microsoft is clearly an industry leader.

Until now there has been no attempt to regulate the Brussels lobbying process or to open it up to public scrutiny.

When the E.U. embarks on a reform of technology-related laws, or when its executive body, the European Commission takes on an industry titan like Microsoft in an antitrust battle, an army of lobbyists gets to work in an effort to influence events.

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"A compulsory register would be better," McGann said, although he stressed this is his own opinion and not the official position of EICTA. "You will never stop the more corrupt element in Brussels lobbying without a compulsory list," he added.


Appended below is a list of resources to those who are new to this epidemic.

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