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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EC calls for govt manipulation of the market
by MollyC on Tue 18th Sep 2007 08:58 UTC
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http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/174096756/m/2910...

"A jubilant EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said the ruling should lead to a "significant drop" in Microsoft's 95 percent market share.

"It's clearly a major defeat for Microsoft. There is no doubt it will spur the Commission on to regulate Microsoft much more significantly," said UK competition lawyer Chris Bright.

It also gives Kroes a green light to pursue other antitrust cases and complaints involving Intel, Qualcomm and Rambus, and to issue draft antitrust guidelines that were put on ice pending the ruling.

Kroes at the news conference:
"The court has confirmed that Microsoft can no longer prevent the market from functioning properly and consumers are entitled to benefit from choice and more innovative products."

Asked how the Commission would assess progress in the Microsoft case, Kroes said: "A market level of much less than 95 percent would be a way of measuring success ... You can't draw a line and say exactly 50 (percent) is correct, but a significant drop in market share is what we would like to see."


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In other words, the goal isn't a fair marketplace, but the goal is to effect a particular marketshare thru government manipulation of the market. It's called "Government picking winners and losers", and is not about fair marketplace, but the exact opposite.

And, by this moron's "reasoning", as long as Microsoft has more than 50% marketshare (or thereabouts), then that in itself is evidence that Microsoft is guilty of something and must be punished. They can only be free from punishment if the EU achieves its goal of slashing Microsoft's marketshare.

The goal should NOT be about slashing Microsoft's marketshare or trying to bring about particular marketshare of particular companies. The goal should be to establish a fair marketplace where everyone can compete, and if someone happens to dominate, so be it. That the EC can't see that shows that they don't have the first clue how a market should work.

This is that kind of stuff you guys are advocating? Government manipulating the market in order to dictate marketshare? And if they don't see the marketshare "that they would like to see" then that is reason enough to do more manipulation?

Know this: Once government forces are unleashed, they don't stop with a particular target. Eventually the WILL target you too.

Edited 2007-09-18 09:07

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