Microsoft made available of unilateral software license for NGOs and independent news agencies in 12 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
This USL runs automatically from Microsoft to NGOs and small, independent media organizations and covers the software already installed on their PCs, ensuring they've legal copies.
The new license stems from media reports in Sep of Russian authorities using software anti-piracy enforcement as a pretext to harass several non-governmental organizations engaged in political advocacy. At the time, Microsoft promised to take steps to protect NGOs and news organizations from unwarranted accusations of software piracy.
The USL, effective today, will last until Jan. 1, 2012, thus giving NGOs and independent media approx. one year to move to our standard NGO software donation program or other programs, through which they'll be able to easily keep their software up-to-date and secure.
To be eligible for USL, NGOs must operate on a not-for-profit basis and have a mission that benefits local community. Eligible organizations may also include small, independent media, or others that hold a local public communication license, are members of a local media association, or are recognized by an international media organization.
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