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Legal The European Commission plans to raise the ceiling of future fines on Microsoft to 3 million Euros (USD 3.8 million) a day if the company continues to defy an antitrust decision, a diplomatic source said on Monday. He was speaking as European competition regulators met to discuss the amount of a fine the European Union's executive arm will impose on the software giant for failing to comply with the 2004 decision that it abused its dominant market position.
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When?
by Varg Vikernes on Tue 11th Jul 2006 00:44 UTC
Varg Vikernes
Member since:
2005-07-06

Number of news articles regarding this story: ~2 per week
Number of days passed since this "threat" first appeared: 100+
Received euros money from Microsoft: 0

I don't know about you, but this story is getting extremely boring. Either fine them or not, it's that simple. Seems to me this dog doesn't bite. btw, mark my words - Microsoft won't pay $1 to EU, suddenly they will settle "out of court" if you know what I mean.

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RE: When?
by eMagius on Tue 11th Jul 2006 02:19 in reply to "When?"
eMagius Member since:
2005-07-06

Received euros money from Microsoft: 0

Note Microsoft already did pay the 600 million euros that the EU requested in its decision (as well as creating the "N" editions of XP, as required). This daily fine (supposedly for "insufficient" documentation) is in addition to the previous pay-out.

The moral of the story? You can't give in to an extortionist; once he gets his foot in the door he'll keep coming back for more.

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RE[2]: When?
by Moulinneuf on Tue 11th Jul 2006 07:07 in reply to "RE: When?"
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

"(as well as creating the "N" editions of XP, as required). "

Actually the XP N , is part of the problem they where not required to make another version of XP , thats Microsoft own doing entirely in trying to circumvent there punishment , they where supposed to remove and unbundle Windows Media Player from being included with Microsoft Windows and remove all the products on the market that did include it.

Those daily fines are retroactive , they just increased the amount per day since day 1.

"previous pay-out"

Nice wording there ( /sarcasm on my part ) , its an addition to other punishment due to them not complying with the law that they broke.

"The moral of the story?"

Its not a story , its history and its not over yet.

"You can't give in to an extortionist"

The EU commission is upholding the law , they Judged Microsoft , let them defend themself in many justs trial , and Microsoft lost because they broke the law.

I suspect that laws can be broken when you dont like them or when they dont seem to affect you directly , I guess you like to cherry pick the laws you like and whant to follow as well. thats not how just and respectable society works.

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RE: When?
by ronaldst on Tue 11th Jul 2006 02:40 in reply to "When?"
ronaldst Member since:
2005-06-29

It's only for "entertainment" purposes. And free money for rich government bureaucrats.

The already overtaxed taxpayers in Europe won't ever see a dime of those "fines".

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RE[2]: When?
by Moulinneuf on Tue 11th Jul 2006 08:07 in reply to "RE: When?"
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

Your comment is pathetic , the law was upheld for a change against Microsoft no less , if someone else break the law and get fined anywhere in the world do the taxpayer of those country get to see that money or refund on it ? NO. Why should it be a special case in this occasion ?

I do think that where the money will go is an intersting question , to wich I dont know the answer , but I doubt that it will in reality go into bureaucrats pockets directly without any service in compensation. But I doubt your interested in the truth.

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