Microsoft tries to make amends

Microsoft is attempting to make amends after it slapped a copyright software infringement notice on the Victoria-based recycling charity PCs For Kids, earning international condemnation.

Microsoft is attempting to make amends after it slapped a copyright software infringement notice on the Victoria-based recycling charity PCs For Kids, earning international condemnation.

The two sides met last week and say they are working together to reach an agreement.

“We work with non-profit organisations all the time, to help them with the relicensing issue,” says Microsoft Australia spokeswoman Julie Inman.

Inman says in addition to helping 1500 organisations across Australia to the tune of $A3.6m of software, Microsoft has a community affairs programme and a computer software foundation programme in New Zealand.

However, Bob Lye of Auckland-based “non-profit [registered] company” The Ark, is sceptical of Microsoft’s actions, saying his firm has looked at the licensing issue with Microsoft, but “we go round in circles”.

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