Friday, August 13, 2004

A Retrograde Step

Microsoft once again shows that it just doesn't get it. What kind of a controlling fiend must one be to oppose the distribution of a vital security update except through one's own website? This is just too stupid for words.

Microsoft has taken steps to stop its security update for Windows being shared on file-swapping networks.
The SP2 update for Windows XP was being used by file-swapping activists to show how such systems can help get large, important files to lots of users.
But legal warnings from Microsoft have forced the file-swappers to end their experiment and stop making the software available to downloaders.
Now the only place people are able to get the update is from Microsoft.

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When it started sharing SP2, Downhill Battle said: "This project shows how file-sharing technology gives people without budgets or huge server space the power to solve problems themselves, without waiting for the government or some corporation to do it for them."
The version being made available on the BitTorrent network was intended for corporations who have a lot of PCs to patch. A smaller consumer version of SP2 is due later this year.
When asked about Downhill Battle's action, a Microsoft spokesperson said: "The Microsoft Download Center site is the only authorized web source for downloading a licensed copy of Windows XP Service Pack 2.
"To report a website offering unlicensed copies of Windows XP SP2 for download, please send an e-mail to piracy@microsoft.com."
According to the Downhill Battle website, Microsoft has now gone one step further and issued take down notices to two of the web hosts helping the group distribute the file.
It's bad enough that Microsoft should be trying to block the redistribution of such an important security update, but that it should be doing so with the loathsome DMCA really takes the cake.

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