Originally posted on TechCrunch:
Microsoft has been held in contempt of court after failing to comply with a warrant, following a rejection of a request for appeal on July 31st.
The case stems from a United States government search warrant for data stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland. Microsoft contends that the data is outside the purview of the domestic warrant. The United States government disagrees.
Microsoft has thus far failed to gain traction in court, over several rounds, for its position. The technology industry has mostly aligned behind the software company. That Microsoft is willing to be held in contempt, even though the order appears to be mostly procedural, underscores how the company weighs the matter.
The court order’s tone is almost humorous: Microsoft isn’t doing what it has been told to do, and it thus being held in contempt, but the government isn’t seeking an immediate penalty, and Microsoft is…
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