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Remove Microsoft from Restrictive License #1631

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TheLarkInn commented Aug 29, 2018


This PR Removes Microsoft and LinkedIn Corp. from the License in this project.

Motivation and Context

Lerna is a wonderful open source project that many teams at Microsoft to solve a variety of Monorepo related solutions.

Why should they be removed if Microsoft supports ICE? Context

Based on statements made to news outlets Microsoft has made clear its involvement with ICE to be related to legacy systems, prior to these outrageous events.

Here's the company's statement, provided to CNET:

As a company, Microsoft is dismayed by the forcible separation of children from their families at the border. Family unification has been a fundamental tenant [sic] of American policy and law since the end of World War II. As a company, Microsoft has worked for over 20 years to combine technology with the rule of law to ensure that children who are refugees and immigrants can remain with their parents. We need to continue to build on this noble tradition rather than change course now. We urge the administration to change its policy and Congress to pass legislation ensuring children are no longer separated from their families.

In a second statement, Microsoft added:

Microsoft is not working with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement or US Customs and Border Protection on any projects related to separating children from their families at the border, and contrary to some speculation, we are not aware of Azure or Azure services being used for this purpose.

In addition a statement from Microsoft Blogs

Politics meets Silicon Valley
In recent weeks, the politics of the United States have become more intertwined with these technology developments on the West Coast. One week in the middle of June put the issues raised by facial recognition technology in bold relief for me and other company leaders at Microsoft. As the country was transfixed by the controversy surrounding the separation of immigrant children from their families at the southern border, a tweet about a marketing blog Microsoft published in January quickly blew up on social media and sparked vigorous debate. The blog had discussed a contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, and said that Microsoft had passed a high security threshold; it included a sentence about the potential for ICE to use facial recognition.

We’ve since confirmed that the contract in question isn’t being used for facial recognition at all. Nor has Microsoft worked with the U.S. government on any projects related to separating children from their families at the border, a practice to which we’ve strongly objected. The work under the contract instead is supporting legacy email, calendar, messaging and document management workloads. This type of IT work goes on in every government agency in the United States, and for that matter virtually every government, business and nonprofit institution in the world.

If it not the believe of active maintainers of this project (@evocateur) that this provided context does not provide sound justification, then I respect the rights as project maintainers of lerna.

How Has This Been Tested?

Types of changes

  • Bug fix (non-breaking change which fixes an issue)
  • New feature (non-breaking change which adds functionality)
  • Breaking change (fix or feature that would cause existing functionality to change)


  • My code follows the code style of this project.
  • My change requires a change to the documentation.
  • I have updated the documentation accordingly.
  • I have read the CONTRIBUTING document.
  • I have added tests to cover my changes.
  • All new and existing tests passed.
Remove Microsoft from Restrictive License
This PR removes Microsoft and LinkedIn Corporation from the license.

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jamiebuilds commented Aug 29, 2018

Microsoft either refuses to work with ICE in any capacity, or they stay on the list

evocateur added a commit that referenced this pull request Aug 30, 2018

chore: Restore unmodified MIT license
This reverts #1616

Closes #1622
Closes #1618
Fixes #1619
Fixes #1626
Fixes #1631
Fixes #1630

evocateur added a commit that referenced this pull request Aug 30, 2018

chore: Restore unmodified MIT license (#1633)
This reverts #1616

Closes #1622
Closes #1618
Fixes #1619
Fixes #1626
Fixes #1631
Fixes #1630

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nafg commented Aug 30, 2018

What about when police arrest parents? Also are you advocating for ICE not to arrest illegal immigrants, or to detain their children with them?


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nic-hartley commented Aug 30, 2018

@lerna @evocateur I propose going through the recent issues and locking all of the ones related to this license change debacle (including this one!), if you're trying to prevent political arguments. If you'd like I can add a list of all the ones I see, or submit a separate issue.

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