Re: ASP - only works with IIS ?

Howie Hamlin ( (no email) )
Tue, 6 Jan 1998 14:17:23 -0500

You're right...the license only states that ASP is part of IIS (which means
that you need to download and install IIS3 w/ASP and then you can use ASP
for any other web server). This is what O'Reilly did with WebSite Pro 2.0.
This was possible because ASP is an ISAPI application and, therefore, can be
run on any web server that fully supports ISAPI.

Unfortunately, Microsoft has changes ASP from an ISAPI application and the
latest incarnation that comes with IIS4 is proprietary.

-----Original Message-----
From: Greg Stark <>
To: <>
Date: Tuesday, January 06, 1998 2:05 PM
Subject: Re: ASP - only works with IIS ?

>Mitch Wagers <> writes:
>> Microsoft has code rights to ASP, any server that is not Microsoft/IIS
>> should carry an agreement with MS as to the ability to host ASP.
>I challenge you to find a law granting something called "code rights".
>There's something called copyright, but that would only apply if
>another server were distributing a copy or derivative of Microsoft's
>work. It wouldn't stop people from making compatible engines or making
>their servers compatible with Microsoft's engine.
>There are also restrictions on the license which might get in people's
>way if they tried to implement a compatible feature. For example the
>license may prohibit using the engine for purposes of reverse
>engineering it. Still there is enough documentation that that's
>likely to not be a problem. And if Microsoft tried enforcing license
>restrictions like that they would possibly be invalidated by the courts.
>Microsoft does not, to my knowledge have a patent on any process ASPs
>implement. And any blocking patent would be laughably invalid because
>of prior art.
>Please don't offer legal advice based on imagined rights and laws.
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