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Posted 17 December 2004 - 05:15 PM

Anti-spyware company had granted another company rights to its software.Paul Roberts, IDG News Service Friday, December 17, 2004 With the ink barely dry on Microsoft's acquisition of anti-spyware vendor Giant Company Software, questions have arisen about the ownership of the anti-spyware code Microsoft bought. Microsoft acknowledges that Sunbelt Software of Clearwater, Florida, is part owner of Giant's AntiSpyware software. That agreement between Giant and Sunbelt does not prevent Microsoft from further developing new products based on the Giant code, according to Microsoft. However, Sunbelt President Alex Eckelberry says that his company has exclusive rights over elements of the technology, including the ability to offer SDKs (software developer's kits) for Giant AntiSpyware technology. That could make it difficult for Microsoft to integrate Giant technology with other products.
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