Human Rights First welcomes Microsoft licensing policy for NGOs, independent media - to help address freedom of expression restrictions in Russia, elsewhere
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Microsoft Announces Immediate Availability of Unilateral Software License for Eligible Organizations
Author: Nancy Anderson, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Sales Group, Microsoft
Microsoft is pleased to announce the immediate availability of a unilateral software license for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and small, independent media operating in the following 12 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam...With the existence of this license, Microsoft is clearly articulating its position that we do not wish to engage in anti-piracy actions against NGOs and small, independent media in these 12 countries that are using Microsoft software for their business needs...
Human Rights First Praises New Microsoft Licensing Policy, Urges U.S. Government to Stand with Tech Companies Combating Abuses
Author: Human Rights First
Late this afternoon, Microsoft announced a unilateral license for nongovernmental organizations and independent media designed to address concerns regarding the Russian government’s politically motivated enforcement of antipiracy laws against media and non-governmental organizations. Human Rights First dubbed the announcement welcome progress on a problem that has had serious repercussions for independent groups in Russia. [also refers to Adobe, Corel]