Microsoft Quits a U.N. Standards Group

“Microsoft on Monday withdrew from a United Nations software standards group for commerce, citing “business reasons.”

Earlier this year, Microsoft’s participation had created controversy within the group, which is attempting to define standards for creating a new generation of Internet services to automate buying and selling through networks of computers.”

[...] Two people who participate in the standards group said that several United States and European companies were concerned about intellectual property rights guidelines in effect within the group. The guidelines would force corporations who contribute technology to indemnify the United Nations against potential challenges involving intellectual property claims [...]”

SOURCE: NY Times

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