Naughton's Microsoft bona fides
Posted Aug 15, 2011 23:20 UTC (Mon) by kmself
Parent article: Android and the GPLv2 death penalty
Since it's been mentioned previously, and Naughton's present professional bio doesn't include this information, it's at the very least interesting to note that he has worked extensively with Microsoft in the past. Criticisms of Naughton's work by Bradley Kuhn of the FSF and others would suggest his legal analysis isn't taken as credible by persons with significant interest and experience in Free Software and GPL matters.
Edward J. Naughton, Professional Biography, Internet Archive as of June 22, 2008.
Co-counsel defending Microsoft against a putative consumer class action alleging that it had violated wiretapping statutes and common law privacy rights by designing Windows to permit third parties to place cookies on computers. Obtained dismissal of complaint.
Represented Microsoft in several dozen lawsuits against resellers and corporate end-users of counterfeit, infringing, and unlicensed software.
(This would appear to be the "Fortune 50 software company" referenced in his current bio).
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