Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Jun 2006 21:15 UTC, submitted by brewin
Legal The European Commission is ready to impose a fine of 2m Euros ($2.5m; 1.4m) a day on Microsoft. The Commission is expected to rule that Microsoft has failed to fully implement its 2004 antitrust decision. Under the ruling, Microsoft had to supply rivals with information about its Windows operating system.
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RE: Watch out Microsoft
by Googlesaurus on Wed 28th Jun 2006 05:52 UTC in reply to "Watch out Microsoft"
Googlesaurus
Member since:
2005-10-19

"This is NOT an Europe vs. USA thing. If you think it is you are being childish."

I consider it a matter of the European Commission grossly over-estimating their ability to exert control over a non-EU based corporation.

Regardless of the outcome of the current situation with Microsoft, the EC is eventually going to realize this was really piss poor idea.

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RE[2]: Watch out Microsoft
by xxmf on Wed 28th Jun 2006 08:36 in reply to "RE: Watch out Microsoft"
xxmf Member since:
2006-06-15

why do you say that - they seem to be doing just fine - unlike the doj who capitulated completely.

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RE[2]: Watch out Microsoft
by r_a_trip on Wed 28th Jun 2006 08:43 in reply to "RE: Watch out Microsoft"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

I consider it a matter of the European Commission grossly over-estimating their ability to exert control over a non-EU based corporation.

This remains to be seen. Microsoft has assets in the EU, which can be seized in the event MS decides to ignore local European laws.

I also wonder why being based in another country than an EU member state exempts you from following European laws. If this were true, I wonder why European companies even put up with United States laws. Since they are not based in the USA, they can safely ignore them following your twisted logic.

May I remember U.S. citizens about the Dmitri Sklyarov case? Sklyarov reverse engineered a DRM-ed e-book format in the former USSR, where this is perfectly legal. Upon landing in the USA, he was arrested and charged under the DMCA. Since when do US laws reach over US borders, making law abiding citizens of a foreign sovereign state criminals under US laws?

At least the EU is charging Microsofts European business in the EU. They are not pursuing them for violations elsewhere.

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