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Microsoft Passport

By boyhowdy ·
Microsoft recently changed it's terms of use for Passport, which is the backbone of .Net. Before today, one of the TOU sections gave Microsoft the right to:

Use, modify, copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly
perform, reproduce, publish, sublicense, create derivative works
from, transfer, or sell any such communication.

Sublicense to third parties the unrestricted right to exercise any
of the foregoing rights granted with respect to the communication.

Publish your name in connection with any such communication.

The foregoing grants shall include the right 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.
Microsoft is under no obligation to post or use any materials you
may provide and may remove such materials at any time in Microsoft's sole discretion.

They have since changed the terms to limit this to feedback sent to MS.

I used to think that the DOJ was going too far. I used to think that Microsoft was just a misguided company that sacrificed security for usability. But no more. This really freaked me out. This was the policy for two years. Trust*E audits the site. I think that if it wasn't for the press, the policy would have stayed the same and MS would have tried to gain control over companies that wanted to opt out of .net.

What do you guys think?

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