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Microsoft Bans Its Self From App Store

Microsoft has accidentally banned its own licenses from the App Store according to Techdirt.

Microsoft got itself in some hot water lately, when some people realized that the rules for Microsoft’s phone app store appeared to ban certain types of open source software. The specific claim was that it said certain types of licenses were to be excluded. Among the excluded:
“Excluded License” means any license requiring, as a condition of use, modification and/or distribution of the software subject to the license, that the software or other software combined and/or distributed with it be (i) disclosed or distributed in source code form; (ii) licensed for the purpose of making derivative works; or (iii) redistributable at no charge.
The only problem? This appears to cover a few of Microsoft’s own licenses. As Simon Phipps points out, both Microsoft’s Reciprocal License and its Public License appear to violate those terms.

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