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Another Day, Another Crime: Microsoft Expected to be Sued for Breaking Copyright Law

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Summary: Microsoft admits guilt without even a challenge and a lawsuit/settlement may come shortly

Microsoft has already attempted to blame someone else after taking the proprietary code from Plurk (without permission). According to this, a lawsuit is likely on its way.

Microsoft Might Still Face Lawsuit from Plurk for Stealing Code



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Then Microsoft shut down Juku and apologized. Now, maybe it's true Microsoft had no idea until then. But if it's also true that roughly 80 percent of the code was lifted, as Plurk indicates, I think the situation calls for more than "We're sorry and we won't do it again."


Microsoft has pulled down the infringement, just as it did a couple of months ago when it violated the GPL. Microsoft eventually did not get sued for that one.

We prefer not to quote hardliners, so here is what the Microsoft press says. Microsoft Nick wrote about Microsoft apologising, but not everyone who is in Microsoft's pocket played along those line. Even Microsoft fans/shills are willing to say:

A day after Microsoft admitted that it stole code from Plurk, a rival microblogging site, Microsoft faces the possibility of a lawsuit, and one would certainly be justified. Expect Microsoft to pay through the nose for this one.


Regulators should also pay attention. This is the latest among many Microsoft crimes, which serves as a sign of Microsoft's corporate culture staying the same as ever. There is hardly a need for a court's conviction here because Microsoft has already acknowledged it.

“Microsoft is, I think, fundamentally an evil company.”

--Former Netscape Chairman James H. Clark

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