July 10, 2001

Microsoft to schools: Give us your lunch

Author: JT Smith

Lloyd Kowalski violated Microsoft's copyright
without much hesitation. The veteran Philadelphia computer teacher
(who asked that his name be changed) never expected to be
punished. He didn't even think what he'd done was wrong. When he
installed his school's only copy of Microsoft Office on several
teachers' computers last January, he figured he was doing a good
deed -- helping frustrated teachers, making their school days just a
little bit less overwhelming.

"It was a minor violation," he says. "We use AppleWorks for word processing but I put Office on their
computers because they couldn't read the Microsoft Word attachments they kept getting from the district's
central office. It was easy to do, and it made sense since our schools are in dire financial straits." More at Salon.com.

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