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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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6 December 2010

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...

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7 December 2010

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]

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