Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Sep 2007 15:17 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Legal Microsoft suffered a stunning defeat on Monday when a European Union court backed a European Commission ruling that the US software giant illegally abused its market power to crush competitors. The European Union's second-highest court dismissed the company's appeal on all substantive points of the 2004 antitrustruling. The court said Microsoft, the world's largest software maker, was unjustified in tying new applications to its Windows operating system in a way that harmed consumer choice. The verdict, which may be appealed only on points of law and not of fact, could force Microsoft to change its business practices.
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RE: farce
by phoudoin on Mon 17th Sep 2007 17:41 UTC
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parties gets paid by EU who happens to get like 500 million dollars as a result...

Yeah, like the EU will have crashed tomorrow without those $500,000,000.

EU market, as any other one, has rules. One is you should not attempt to lock your customers using forced sales. Both Windows Network closed-protocol and closed-DRM Media Player are clearly breaking this rule.

Play by the rules or back off our market.

PS: Apple's iMusic Store/iPod coupled product may have the same issue soon, indeed. As had Sony previously...

Edited 2007-09-17 17:41

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