Boris Mann

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osOpinion: The Ultimate Lock-In

I said some nice/hopeful things about the next version of MS Office and XML formats. Well, I might be completely wrong, according to an osOpinion article entitled The Ultimate Lock-In.

The first is the possible DMCA implications of trying to open Office 2003 documents without Microsoft's blessing. Just as Dmitri Sklyarov found himself in a world of trouble for writing software to break Adobe's encryption for its E-Book format, developers who write software that will open "protected" Office 2003 documents may find themselves facing criminal charges under the DMCA.