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BSA messes up, accuses university of illegally distributing MS Office

But it was OpenOffice, instead. Oops!
Fri Feb 28 2003, 16:56
THE BUSINESS SOFTWARE Alliance has been forced to apologise after it mistakenly detected OpenOffice files as Microsoft Office programs, and accused a respected body of distributing copies of the Vole software.

The BSA accused the University of Muenster, of distributing Office software, and accused the academics of offering "unlicensed copies" of the Microsoft Office suite.

But all it had detected was OpenOffice and it was forced into an embarrassing retraction after the University pointed out the SNAFU.

In a letter to the Uni, it said its "system" detected the OpenOffice files as Microsoft Office programs.

So it's having to fix its sniffer software so that it doesn't get its knickers in a twist anymore.

As you can read, here. µ

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