This is something that will bear watching as the thread unfolds, but those<snip>
of you in companies using MS products and who may soon be headed into the
.NET stuff presented in Hailstorm may be interested in this link:
It's a commentary on Passport's terms of service. Passport, you may
remember, is the center of the Hailstorm/.NET vision Microsoft has been
According to the article, the Terms of Service grant MS an unconditional "r
ight to exploit any proprietary rights in such communication, including but
not limited to rights under copyright, trademark, service mark or patent
laws under any relevant jurisdiction. No compensation will be paid with
respect to Microsoft's use of the materials contained within such
communication." (and yes, I double-checked the date of the article)
Everyone who uses Hailstorm will be engaging in a form of communication
with Passport, at least according to the Microsoft documents I've seen, so
this could affect your company's copyrights, as well as any patent
discussions you hold via Passport/Hailstorm/.NET.
I read the material at Arlen's links, then asked one of our developers--the guy who is suggesting that we support the .Net platform. Here is what he said:
"I think the web site quoted below [... may be] off-base. When you communicate via
Hotmail, IM, or Hailstorm, none of your messages go through the passport
web site. Rather, those services contact Passport during an initial
security handshake. After that, Passport is out of the loop. I believe
things like support emails about your Passport account."
So we may, hopefully, be reasonably safe.
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