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Media: Mapuche vs Microsoft: Intellectual Property Rights

Submitter: Megan Zdrojkowski

Submitter Email: megan@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Mapudungun

Media Body: 'Microsoft in legal battle with Chilean tribe'

Chile's Mapuche Indians allege that Microsoft translated Windows software
into their native language without getting tribal leaders' permission:

Issue Number: 17.3509
Date Posted: November 27, 2006

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