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By: Boycott Novell  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Chief Technology Officer

Summary: The largest population in America is characterised as having an anti-American government

What’s with this phrase? Is this a code word for “against imperialist multinational”? Banana Republic anyone? These slurs that Microsoft uses to daemonise Microsoft sceptics/critics are reminiscent of the “Free software” as “communism” insult, which we found in some other Cablegate cables. In any case, here is what we have today:

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Summary: Encouraging new signs in Australia (an OpenOffice.org pilot) amid a major blunder for Microsoft, whose dirty OOXML secrets are leaking out years after the acts

HE Cablegate stash has made available key evidence which we have covered a lot since the beginning of this month. The have gotten , with articles that were written not just in English. The importance is this is that it brings back to international awareness the fact that OOXML relied on corruption at all levels. We most collected evidence to show this in 2007 and in 2008. Cablegate is like a wormhole that takes us back in time and lets us see back room string-pulling this will hopefully affect in Australia. “Last month,” claims this new report, “Department of Defence chief technology officer Matt Yannopoulos revealed that 100 corporate staff had been using OpenOffice in a year-old, “semi-formal” trial.”

This is good news. They will hopefully realise that their initial leaning towards OOXML was a mistake also due to public awareness that OOXML correlates with crime, as once shown using a bar chart, just after a vote on OOXML (corrupt countries were more likely to vote “Yes”).

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Summary: The impact of leaked diplomatic cables on current affairs and perceptions people have about companies, government, and elected officials

Let me make clear here that I don’t believe that this meeting between Microsoft and the major representative from the American Government in Brazil has been a personal initiative of Mr. Michel Levy, but for me it was an corporative initiative. Even being a Microsoft employee, Mr. Michel Levy is a Brazilian, and I prefer not to believe that he has, on its own initiative, decided to start an initiative to put the American Government against the Brazilian Government, thus violating our sovereignty and our national technical merit.

The first question that I leave here is on how many other countries that voted NO to OpenXML the same kind of initiative also happened, and how much of these countries “have accepted” an eventual intervention by the U.S. government.

Yes, the intervention may have occurred, because if you notice the general line of argumentation used here in Brazil, the national technical decision is presented as being an initiative against the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), and one of the things that cause retaliation in free trade agreements with the United States are eventual IPR violations. I have my own collection of rumors from the times of OpenXML, where possible sanctions motivated by IPR violations were brought to the negotiation table to get the governmental votes in some countries (if your country has changed the vote after the voting in September 2007, please investigate and you will probably find a ‘key’ governmental role on that vote changing). Maybe one day, WikiLeaks could help us to investigate that too!

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Finally, they try to insinuate that the ODF is an anti-American standard. I confess that I would like to know what IBM, Oracle, Google and Red Hat (and other North American companies) think about the that, since they work hard on the past years on its development and worldwide adoption. Actually I prefer that these companies explain directly to the American Government if the ODF is anti-American, and I still hope they ask clarification from the American Government about Microsoft’s similar initiatives in other countries during the 2007 and 2008 years.

For those who did not follow the whole story, the ODF was adopted in Brazil, OpenXML rejected here and just didn’t had a major role on the international scene, because we were silenced on the last day of the BRM, just when we would submit a proposal that could change the end of this history. I’ve already told this story here.

Special thanks to WikiLeaks, for helping us get the skeletons out of the closet. For those who want to understand how Microsoft deals and negotiates with governments that have pro-FLSOO policies, it’s worth reading this other cable here.

Well, now there is proof too.

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Summary: Microsoft’s Michel Levy uses propaganda to daemonise a pro-ODF policy, insult the president’s pro-freedom policies, and pressure politicians to permit proprietary lock-in

Levy claimed to be in possession of unsigned letters from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (which is referred to as “Itamaraty” in the cable), to foreign governments, asking that they collaborate to support the open source ODF as the international standard. Of course, if this was true, it would not be surprising, since at the time, there was broad support among non-US governments, non-Microsoft software companies, consumer groups and free software advocates to push for ODF as an open standard for file formats.

The cable says that Microsoft was seeking confidential advice, rather than advocacy, from the Ambassador. Such advice was forthcoming: “Ambassador Sobel did offer advice on various SIPDIS approaches Microsoft could take in generating support for standards that would have room for both ODF and XML software.”

The subject of the original cable is “MICROSOFT SEES GOB ATTACKS AGAINST IPR” (GOB is Government of Brazil and IPR is a propaganda term for copyrights and patents). Here is the original Cablegate cable:


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Cooperation], PREL[External Political Relations]
SUBJECT: MICROSOFT SEES GOB ATTACKS AGAINST IPR
Classified By: Econ/Pol Chief James Story for reasons 1.5 b and d. 

¶1. (C) SUMMARY: In a December 20 meeting in Sao Paulo with Ambassador Sobel, Microsoft
Brazil President Michel Levy stated that current GOB policies are antagonistic towards Intellectual
Property Rights (IPR). According to Levy, the GOB through the Foreign Ministry (Itamaraty) has
mounted an international campaign to discredit Microsoft's proprietary XML format and is pushing
for countries to adopt the ODF (Open Document Format) at the expense of XML at the March
meeting of the International Standards Organization in Geneva. Levy sees both ideological issues
as well as commercial interests at work in the GOB position. END SUMMARY. 

¶2. (C) Microsoft Brazil President Michel Levy requested a meeting with Ambassador Sobel
on December 20 to discuss ways forward on working with what he characterized as an
antagonistic GOB. According to Levy, Itamaraty has pressured the purportedly independent
Brazilian Technical Standards Agency, ABNT to adopt a more aggressive posture against
using XML as one of two possible standards, along with ODF, in Brazil. In addition, Levy
stated that he is in the possession of unsigned letters from Itamaraty to various foreign
governments requesting that the governments work together to support only the open source
ODF as the international standard. 

¶3. (C) Levy believes that this issue has turned ideological and is a manifestation of
anti-Americanism within Itamaraty. He cited President Lula's Chief of Staff Dilma Rousseff as
well as high-ranking advisor Celso Alvarez as being the chief architects of an anti-IPR, anti-royalties
strategy within the GOB. According to Levy, these advisors have convinced President Lula that
there is no difference between ODF and proprietary XML software. His main concern is that the
GOB will use the ABNT to adopt an ODF only standard by decree rather than going through
Congress where Microsoft would at least have an opportunity to explain the differences between
the software systems. Levy used as an example that all of Embraer's designs are created through
XML and that the current ODF software simply can't do the same job. If ODF is the only
standard, Levy argued, there could be economic ramifications for Brazil. 

¶4. (C) Levy then pointed out that commercially Microsoft faces an uneven playing field in Brazil.
He stated that in addition to several bills in the Brazilian Congress that would deny the
GOB the ability to buy proprietary software, there are reports that many recent bids that
went to tender had specific, if unwritten, instructions that disallowed any Microsoft bids. He
further stated that the issue of cross-retaliation on IPR from the cotton subsidies case is alive
and well and could potentially come to pass in 2008. 

¶5. (C) While Levy made it clear that Microsoft is not asking for any USG advocacy at this point,
and in fact requested that our communication be kept strictly confidential, Ambassador Sobel did
offer advice on various SIPDIS approaches Microsoft could take in generating support for
standards that would have room for both ODF and XML software. Specifically, the Ambassador
thought Mircosoft should work through various trade groups to begin a discussion with the GOB
on this issue. The Ambassador also indicated that Microsoft should get Brazilian companies to put
this issue high on the agenda of the CEO Forum meetings to take place with Department of
Commerce Secretary Gutierrez early next year. 

¶6. (C) COMMENT: The debate among various international standards (GPS, telecommunications,
etc.) is not new in Brazil, and Levy's concerns about an anti-American ideology in the Brazilian
Foreign Ministry are not only Microsoft's concern. Microsoft's concerns that the GOB is seeking
to adopt one standard that does not allow for proprietary softwear, bears watching. A multi-industry
push for a strategy that allows for Congressional debate over the relative merits of the software systems
will certainly yield better results than Microsoft fighting this issue alone. END COMMENT.
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Resumen: “El ministro Simon Power confirma que el proyecto de ley de patente NZ se aprobó sin ninguna modificación. Los programas de ordenador son excluidos”, anuncia un principal lider del Free/Open Source Software en la isla.

“El ministro Simon Power confirma el Proyecto de Ley de Patentes NZ se aprobó sin ninguna modificación. Programas de ordenador excluidos “, escribe Don Christie[http://twitter.com/normnz/status/80058819614474240], citando esta página[http://www.burgess.co.nz/law/patents-bill-2010-update]. También escribe que[http://twitter.com/normnz/status/80386202213158912]:

“Método y aparato para llevar a cabo una campaña de marketing en nombre de una publicidad” – patentes de métodos comerciales en Nueva Zelanda – la aplicación de Patentes # 591806

Summary:”Minister Simon Power confirms the NZ Patent Bill will be passed without any changes. Computer Programs excluded,” heralds a leading Free/open source proponent in the large island

“Method and apparatus for performing a marketing campaign on behalf of an advertises” – Business method patents in NZ – Patent App #591806

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Summary: The company which made viruses so abundant (and whose operating system is insecure by design) is using excuses and tricks to daemonise WebGL

E HAVE seen it all before. Whether it was the case of not supporting ODF or even something like Ogg, Microsoft never blamed competitive reasons; it’s just not good for PR and the whole antitrust karma too would be impacted. See how Microsoft used security FUD to promote OOXML [, ]. It sure is amusing when excuses Microsoft for avoiding WebGL (headline says “Microsoft: no way to support WebGL and meet our security needs”). Truth be told, there is clearly more to it considering what’s done with (hardware acceleration and Web integration, even with proprietary software).

“In one piece of mail people were suggesting that Office had to work equally well with all browsers and that we shouldn’t force Office users to use our browser. This Is wrong and I wanted to correct this.

“Another suggestion In this mail was that we can’t make our own unilateral extensions to HTML I was going to say this was wrong and correct this also.”

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Resumen: La NZOSS celebra un hito, ya que aleja a Microsoft con su patente de OOXML.

Bueno, es que parece que la sociedad de Nueva Zelanda de Código Libre/Abierto ha salido con la suya[http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1106/S00062/nzoss-wins-patent-opposition.htm]. Desde su nuevo comunicado de prensa:

La NZOSS se complace en anunciar que la oposición a Nueva Zelanda solicitud de patente 536149, presentada por Microsoft en relación con documentos de procesamiento de XML ha sido un éxito. Ayer fuimos informados por la IPONZ que Microsoft ha retirado su solicitud.

La NZOSS aplaude la decisión de Microsoft de abandonar su intento de usar el sistema legal para impedir la interoperabilidad a través de patentes de software que están en los documentos XML de procesamiento de textos. A medida que avanzamos hacia un futuro cada vez más dependiente de la tecnología y el software esperamos que Microsoft entienda que los estándares abiertos y la interoperabilidad son fundamentales para un entorno informático robusto y saludable.


La NZOSS Gana Oposición en Materia de Patentes

Jueves, 16 de junio 2011, 17:18

Comunicado de prensa: Nueva Zelanda Sociedad de Código Libre/Abierto

La NZOSS gana la oposición en materia de Patentes

La NZOSS se complace en anunciar que la oposición a Nueva Zelanda solicitud de patente 536149, presentada por Microsoft en relación con documentos de procesamiento de XML ha sido un éxito. Ayer fuimos informados por la IPONZ que Microsoft ha retirado su solicitud.

La NZOSS aplaude la decisión de Microsoft de abandonar es tratar de usar el sistema legal para impedir la interoperabilidad a través de patentes de software que está en los documentos XML de procesamiento de textos. A medida que avanzamos hacia un futuro cada vez más dependiente de la tecnología y el software esperamos que Microsoft entienda que los estándares abiertos y la interoperabilidad son fundamentales para un entorno informático robusto y saludable.

Las barreras legales que impiden la competencia en torno a las normas son un gran perjuicio para el bien público. Animamos a Microsoft a unirse a la gran mayoría de la industria de Nueva Zelanda de TIC y apoyar la decisión del Gobierno de Nueva Zelanda para excluir las patentes de software, protegiendo así los negocios de Microsoft en Nueva Zelanda de amenazas de patentes en el futuro. La decisión de Microsoft no sólo eliminar la espada de Damocles sobre las cabezas de nuestros propios miembros, sino de toda la comunidad de Nueva Zelanda de las TIC.

Peter Harrison, vicepresidente de la sociedad hizo una declaración ayer informar a los miembros de la decisión de Microsoft de retirarla, diciendo: “Por supuesto, estoy muy contento con el resultado. Se proporcionará una mayor seguridad sobre la capacidad de las entidades comerciales inter-operar con los formatos de Microsoft sin preocuparse por cualquier infracción de patentes. Junto con la exclusión de las patentes de software en el proyecto de ley pendiente de patente que debe ver a un ambiente que es mucho menos riesgoso para el desarrollo de software que en otros países. Esto en combinación con nuestro personal altamente calificado convierte a Nueva Zelanda en una excelente ubicación para el desarrollo de software.”

El NZOSS ha llevado a cabo Oposiciones de Patentes contra dos patentes XML presentada por Microsoft desde el año 2003. El NZOSS sentido estas patentes que se presentan un peligro claro y presente a ambos interoperabilidad entre los productos de Microsoft y de otros proveedores, y potencialmente habría permitido a Microsoft para obligar a otras empresas en los acuerdos de licencia de patentes con el fin de poner en práctica los documentos de procesamiento de textos en XML.

La oposición a los de las patentes de Microsoft XML ha tardado ocho años en resolverse, el tiempo y el compromiso de muchos de nuestros miembros. Hace unos años, después de oponerse a la primera patente, nos pusimos de acuerdo a una importante limitación de las reivindicaciones de la primera patente de tal manera que no creo que alguien alguna vez lo infringe. Posteriormente, nos opusimos a la segunda patente, y se han estado moviendo hacia una audiencia sobre la oposición.

Peter Harrison agregó: “La decisión de Microsoft de abandonar la segundo solicitud de patentes en frente de nuestra oposición ha reivindicado sustancialmente nuestra posición, es decir que estas solicitudes de patentes NO ERAN INVENCIONES PATENTABLES.” Él continuó agradeciendo a todos aquellos involucrados con la oposición, diciendo ” Debo dar las gracias a los esfuerzos de aquellos que hicieron posible este esfuerzo. Matew Holloway ha desempeñado un papel vital y profesional en su análisis detallado y objetivo de la patente. Estoy seguro de que hay pocas personas con la experiencia de Matew en torno a los formatos XML y de productividad de oficina. Sin su ayuda no podría haber sido capaz de montar un caso convincente. Y a nuestros abogados – Ellis | Terry – que hicieron un gran trabajo en la dirigencia de esta oposición, las palabras no pueden expresar mi gratitud por su compromiso de ver esto a través de la conclusión de hoy”.

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