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Microsoft's Subtle Knife Through the Heart of EU Software Industry

ComputerWorldUK - Glyn Moody - One of the striking changes at Microsoft over the last twenty years is how savvy it has become in terms of lobbying and influencing political opinion. There was a time when, like most serious tech companies, it regarded this kind of sneaky activity as beneath it - something that only tobacco companies would stoop to. No more; today, it bombards everyone and anyone with a constant stream of carefully-crafted policy papers and posts designed to achieve its goals.

Here's the latest one. It comes form the "Positions" page of Microsoft's Digital Policy site in Europe. It's called simply "Intellectual Property", and is written in a deceptively simple style, as if it were some non-contentious statement of truths universally acknowledged.

For example, it begins by stating baldly: