In advance of its release by Microsoft, some people are concerned at the license management schemes in the new Vista operating system. In particular, it is claimed that MS can hobble a Vista system that is not properly authenticated as a legitimate licensed copy, and that Vista disables certain digital interfaces when playing protected content. MS finds itself in a tight spot, balancing the rights and requirements of the copyright owners (including MS) against the rights and requirements of its customers. These are strategic issues concerning the future direction of the IT industry, given the prevalence of Windows.
More IPR links