Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Apr 2013 10:34 UTC
Legal After Microsoft's extortion racket has failed to stop Android, and after Oracle's crazy baseless lawsuit failed to stop Android, and after Nokia adopting Windows Phone failed to stop Android, Microsoft, Nokia, and Oracle are now grasping the next straw in their fruitless efforts to stop Android: they've filed an antitrust complaint with the EU, claiming Google unfairly bundles applications with Android.
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RE: Antitrust, there we go again
by lemur2 on Wed 10th Apr 2013 10:35 UTC in reply to "Antitrust, there we go again"
lemur2
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This is one more piece of evidence that antitrust legislation is about as bad as patents. No matter how careful a company is, as soon as it succeeds to serve the customer better than the competition, they are in trouble.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Union_competition_law

Competition law in the European Union has some similarities with the law in the United States antitrust, though there are some key differences; not least, while US law is designed to protect competitors from the power of monopolies, EU law is designed to protect consumers from anti-competitive behaviour.


EU competition law (antitrust law) is designed to protect consumers. If a company "succeeds to serve the customer better than the competition", then it should have nothing to fear from EU competition law. If trouble for a company which serves the consumer better does arise from EU competition law, then the law is broken and does not achieve its actual intent but rather the opposite. The Open Handset Alliance (and hence Google) would therefore have excellent grounds for appeal in the event of a (wrong-way, against the intent, about-face) decision against them in respect of this complaint from Microsoft, Nokia and Oracle.

Edited 2013-04-10 10:37 UTC

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