Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Mar 2013 11:54 UTC
Legal "The European Commission has imposed a EUR 561 million fine on Microsoft for failing to comply with its commitments to offer users a browser choice screen enabling them to easily choose their preferred web browser. In 2009, the Commission had made these commitments legally binding on Microsoft until 2014. In today's decision, the Commission finds that Microsoft failed to roll out the browser choice screen with its Windows 7 Service Pack 1 from May 2011 until July 2012. 15 million Windows users in the EU therefore did not see the choice screen during this period. Microsoft has acknowledged that the choice screen was not displayed during that time." Burn.
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RE[6]: Comment by ilovebeer
by Alfman on Thu 7th Mar 2013 22:44 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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"In my opinion, no; it would suck balls ;) Do I think it should be illegal? No."

Well, haha I guess we have a difference of opinion since I'm glad to have antitrust to prevent things from getting that bad. Anyways it wouldn't really be directly illegal per-say, it's just the antitrust *coercion* which is illegal.

"The DMCA is a PERFECT illustration of how anything the government does usually has unintended consequences, even if they originally meant well."

The DMCA was crafted by corporate interests, it was never conceived for the public benefit. If it were up to me I'd kick all corporate lobbyists out of the lawmaking process.

Edited 2013-03-07 22:45 UTC

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