Linked by David Adams on Thu 12th May 2011 17:18 UTC
Legal A U.S. court's antitrust oversight of Microsoft is ending after eight and a half years, with some observers questioning what the long fight accomplished. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly's oversight of a twice-extended November 2002 settlement agreement between Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice ends Thursday.
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Oh Boy!
by TechGeek on Thu 12th May 2011 19:19 UTC
TechGeek
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2006-01-14

How exactly can you justify removing oversight when:

A: They still hold a monopoly position in the market.

B: They were convicted of infringing i4i's IP, after having seen it in action.

C: They were counter sued by Barnes and Noble alleging anti-trust violation in regards to Linux and Android.

For C, I am not stating that they did anything wrong necessarily, but shouldn't we at least wait to see if they committed violations before we turn a blind eye?

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WOOOHOOO!
by gfolkert on Fri 13th May 2011 03:24 UTC
gfolkert
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2008-12-15

Back to business as usual.

None of this stupid Open Source crap anymore.

Hello More profits than GOD!

Buy stock, its going to split in 2 years now that the chains are taken off.

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A legally-condoned monopoly
by benali72 on Fri 13th May 2011 07:21 UTC
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2008-05-03

Contrary to US anti-trust law, in late 2001, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly essentially granted MS a legally-condoned monopoly. The "remedies" for the company's guilt were not remedies at all. The judge is glad to let "oversight" lapse, as she intended no challenge to MS and their business practices.

No surprise that the judge was rewarded with a position on the FISA court in 2002.

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