Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 24th Jul 2009 22:52 UTC
Editorial Every few years we geeks have our own kind of popcorn show to watch: tech companies showing teeth to one another. This time around, it's Palm vs Apple. In all seriousness though, how ethical is the battle around iTunes?
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RE: Monopoly?
by sbergman27 on Sat 25th Jul 2009 16:04 UTC in reply to "Monopoly?"
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The author of the article misunderstands what monopoly means. He conflates monopoly with being a major success.

If that major success creates a substantial barrier to entry for other potential players, as iTunes arguably does, then it is a monopoly. And using that monopoly to leverage another of their products is quite clearly a fundamental violation of anti-trust laws.

Somehow, some people seem to operate under the misconception that to be a monopoly you've got to have 100% of the market, and own all the pipes that deliver the gas, or all the wires that deliver the electricity. It's all about barriers to entry, no matter what form those barriers might take.

Edited 2009-07-25 16:04 UTC

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