[jcifs] Microsoft releases ball and chain.
crh at ubiqx.mn.org
Fri Mar 29 07:24:03 EST 2002
On the plus side, then, extracting the ZIP-format executable file on a
non-Windows box would not be a DMCA violation...or so it seems.
On Thu, Mar 28, 2002 at 01:59:09PM -0600, Caldarale, Charles R wrote:
> > From: Christopher R.Hertel [mailto:crh at ubiqx.mn.org]
> > Subject: [jcifs] Microsoft releases ball and chain.
> > Of interest:
> > www.microsoft.com/downloads/release.asp?ReleaseID=37530
> > Some rules...
> > - If you want to look at the Microsoft document, please be
> > sure to perform the document extraction on a Windows system.
> > The document is provided as a .exe file.
> Not only is it packaged as a Windows executable (really just a ZIP file),
> it's actually a compiled html help (.chm) file. Doubt if you can read it
> anywhere other than a Win98/NT4 or above platform.
> Running the .exe does not produce any licensing warning - it just unzips the
> .chm and its index file. There is no separate readme or anything else of
> that nature. Within the document, in a section entitled "Legal Information",
> you can find the following statement:
> "THIS TECHNICAL REFERENCE IS AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO REVIEW, HOWEVER, IF YOU
> WANT TO IMPLEMENT THE TECHNOLOGY DESCRIBED IN THIS TECHNICAL REFERENCE, YOU
> MUST SIGN AND RETURN TO MICROSOFT THE ROYALTY-FREE CIFS TECHNICAL REFERENCE
> LICENSE AGREEMENT."
> The upper-casing is Microsoft's. Nowhere, however, does it give you a clue
> as to where you might actually find the "ROYALTY-FREE CIFS TECHNICAL
> REFERENCE LICENSE AGREEMENT".
> - Chuck
> P.S. I stopped reading the .chm when I hit the all-caps paragraph...
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