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The irrepressible Adam Osborne, whose first reaction to the Lotus Development Corp copyright suit over his Paperback Software International’s VP Planner spreadsheet was to say he was delighted I love a fight, has now gone into rather more detail, describing the charges as ludicrous and pointing to the multi-dimensional database of VP Planner, and its ability to read and write data compatible with both Ashton-Tate dBase and his own VP-Info as key differences: The heart of the matter is that Lotus is attempting to stifle competition he said, adding that VP Planner was compatible with 1-2-3 only to the extent necessary to minimise the need to retrain employees and redesign worksheets created with 1-2-3.

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