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The Czech Presidency recommends you to buy Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint in other to read what they are publishing.
by: zoobabzoobab
05 Mar 2009 17:13
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The Commission has published on its website the list of stakeholders who contributed to the consultation on the revision of the European Interoperability Framework (EIFv2). Even if the European Interoperability Framework is mostly directed to provide open standards, it can be expected that some large industry players wants to put their patents and restrictions on how citizens can communicate with their governments.
by: zoobabzoobab
18 Nov 2008 13:20
2 by arebentiarebenti
23 Nov 2008 23:25 Jump!
Marco Cappato MEP asked the Council to provide him the contract concluded by the Council and Microsoft, and the Study on the Open Source realized by the interinstitutional committee on informatics in 2005. The Council refused to supply these documents.
by: zoobabzoobab
07 Nov 2008 10:41
3 by zoobabzoobab
12 Nov 2008 11:45 Jump!
The OpenParliament petition goes to the European Parliament PETI committee. The draft agenda of tomorrow mentions another interesting petition by a German citizen who has been required by the state to purchase Microsoft products. The European Parliament also forces European citizens to buy a copy of Microsoft Word to consult parliamentary questions, or to use Windows Media Player to view the European Parliament's webTV WMV streaming. Time to send the bill to President Poettering.
by: zoobabzoobab
05 Nov 2008 21:01
5 by zoobabzoobab
01 Dec 2008 23:36 Jump!
Microsoft lobby plafform "Voices for Innovation", which is managed by APCO (a well-known lobby firm in Brussels of which Microsoft is a client), has sent an alert to their corporate members asking them to lobby against a parliamentary resolution led by Rocard-Cotigny-Geremek-Geremek, which is asking to migrate the European Parliament systems to FLOSS, and to give some funds for R&D of FLOSS in Europe.
by: zoobabzoobab
23 Sep 2008 08:46
3 by zoobabzoobab
07 Oct 2008 11:40 Jump!
The European Parliament has launched the European Parliament TV, so that people can partially see what they are doing. The video streaming seems to be for customers of an American company only.
by: zoobabzoobab
17 Sep 2008 16:59
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WIPO will discuss next week a report on the international patent system. A section of it is mentioning open standards.
by: zoobabzoobab
19 Jun 2008 12:37
2 by zoobabzoobab
19 Jun 2008 12:49 Jump!
India, Brazil, and South Africa are attempting to appeal ISO's fast-track approval of Microsoft's controversial Office Open XML (OOXML) format. The organizations representing those countries in ISO complain of process irregularities, lack of inclusiveness during meetings and debates, and insufficient time to address all of the issues and concerns raised by participants during the review process.
by: ggiedkeggiedke
02 Jun 2008 09:25
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Jonathan Zuck, President of the Association for Competitive Technology, a lobbying association in which Microsoft is a member, is replying to the demand to have open standards, especially for the video streaming of the European Parliamentary sessions.
by: zoobabzoobab
23 May 2008 15:19
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Is it reasonable for a convicted monopolist to discriminate against its competitors by using exclusive rights that should not be granted in the first place?
by: arebentiarebenti
19 Apr 2008 17:28
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Lotus General Manager Mike Rhodin plays prophet for the future of office collaboration software. Among his five point he raises is also a bet on open standards and interoperability.
by: arebentiarebenti
09 Apr 2008 14:54
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The European Commission is organizing next week in Brussels a conference on "European ICT standardisation policy at a crossroads: A new direction for global success". Among the papers in discussion for this conference, one paper suggests to allow RAND standards as general policy. The European Commission seems to listen to the big industry who contributed to the discussion paper. RAND standards (such as h264 or MPEG2) are a way to exclude FLOSS developers, because they require royalty payments that developers cannot afford.
by: zoobabzoobab
05 Feb 2008 17:44
2 by zoobabzoobab
06 Feb 2008 16:46 Jump!
Today, the frontpage of the European Parliament was advertising live broadcast on the internet of the "Google - Doubleclick merger" discussed by MEPs in the Civil Liberties Committee. Hopefully, the internet is only for people who paid the Microsoft tax, the stream is advertised as being for Windows Media Player only. The internet is only for Microsoft pre-installed customers.
by: zoobabzoobab
21 Jan 2008 14:44
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ECIS has published some comments to the "final EU Study on the specific policy needs for ICT standardisation". Here is what they say: "Members of ECIS stress that an open standard has the following characteristics: [...] • Available royalty-free or on a FRAND basis that does not discriminate against the open source software development or licensing model. (The level of royalties is highly dependent on the specific policy context and ECIS refers to its response to recommendaton 10, regarding lack of guidance on what FRAND should be taken to mean in terms of appropriate levels of royalty. ECIS additionally wishes to point out that there is significant use of royalty-free IPR licensing in software standardization.)"
by: zoobabzoobab
14 Dec 2007 11:55
2 by zoobabzoobab
24 Jan 2008 16:43 Jump!
Microsoft has managed to get JTC1 to clamp down on information. What was a transparent process is now mired in multiple levels of security leading to delay, denial of information to some NB participants and total opaqueness to the public.
by: davidbldavidbl
03 Dec 2007 21:08
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EICTA, one of the most aggressive lobby for software patents in Europe, has commented on the revision on EIFv1.0 (European Interoperabilty Framework) by saying that a RAND standard can be assimilated to an open standard. Looking at the composition of the board of the association, EICTA represents mainly the interests of Philips, Alcatel, Nokia, Ericsson, Microsoft, Siemens and similar large hardcore pro-software patents companies.
by: zoobabzoobab
13 Oct 2007 14:54
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A Microsoft position paper explains: "Some have questioned whether ISO/IEC should ratify Open XML now that ODF 1.0 has been ratified there. It is important to appreciate that these are fundamentally different formats that meet different needs in the marketplace, and the standardization and use of one does not preclude the standardization and use of the other."
by: Anonymous
30 Jun 2007 00:34
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The Committee of Industry, Technology and Research will vote tomorrow thursday morning on some amendments to the Gierek's report on Innovation. Some lobbies are pushing Member of European Parliament to adopt RAND standards as Open Standards.
by: Anonymous
11 Apr 2007 14:03
2 by zoobabzoobab
11 Apr 2007 14:24 Jump!
Reuters published today that "if the Commission decides that the documentation is acceptable it will face the question of whether the price Microsoft plans to charge for the protocols is justified."
by: Anonymous
23 Nov 2006 20:13
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