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   RE: [xml-dev] Word 2003 schemas available

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It would be interesting to see the patents that they may or may not
have, which you might or might not be infringing if you don't agree to
their licensing terms...

I find it surprising that they're relying on patent law rather than
copyright law. As far as I'm aware, if I find a patented can-opener that
someone has carelessly dropped on the pavement, the patent owner has no
right to restrict the way in which I use it.

Michael Kay

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Champion [mailto:mc@xegesis.org] 
> Sent: 17 November 2003 20:47
> To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Word 2003 schemas available
> On Nov 17, 2003, at 3:28 PM, DuCharme, Bob (LNG-CHO) wrote:
> > The Danish Government has made the "WordprocessingML" 
> schemas for Word 
> > 2003's native XML format available to the public at 
> > http://isb.oio.dk/info/news/wordml+published.htm.
> Yeah, but check out 
> http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/ip/format/xmlpatentlicense.asp
 for the 
terms and conditions under which the schema can be used.  IANAL, but 
the Slashdot discussion gives one pause ... 

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