Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th May 2009 10:23 UTC
Intel As was already revealed by eWeek earlier this week, the EU has imposed a massive fine on Intel for abusing its monopoly position. The fine is larger than the one given to Microsoft: 1.06 billion EUR, or 1.44 billion USD, opposed to the 899 million EUR fine imposed upon Microsoft.
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RE: Well done EU!
by CPUGuy on Wed 13th May 2009 11:42 UTC in reply to "Well done EU!"
CPUGuy
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2005-07-06

How is fining a company going to help another company?

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RE[2]: Well done EU!
by lemur2 on Wed 13th May 2009 11:56 in reply to "RE: Well done EU!"
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2007-02-17

How is fining a company going to help another company?


How is not fining a monopoly for using its position to keep competition out of a market ever going to stop them from continuing to do so?

Edited 2009-05-13 11:58 UTC

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RE[3]: Well done EU!
by kaiwai on Wed 13th May 2009 16:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Well done EU!"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

"How is fining a company going to help another company?


How is not fining a monopoly for using its position to keep competition out of a market ever going to stop them from continuing to do so?
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Depends; is this the maximum? will Intel just pass it along to their customers instead of changing their ways? it reminds me of the environmental fines that are given out and the company simply just including the fine as part of their 'cost of business' and thus passed it along to the consumer.

Also, lets remember that it was AMD who made the complaint; it doesn't occur out of thin air - again, I go back to choice; I would have an AMD laptop if the OEM vendors didn't load their AMD laptops with anti-open source hardware.

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RE[2]: Well done EU! - fine is only part
by jabbotts on Wed 13th May 2009 12:49 in reply to "RE: Well done EU!"
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2007-09-06

The court ruling was too pay a fine for the behavior in the past and a court order against the behavior in the future. It helps other companies by addressing the industry harming advantage Intel has due to it's market share rather than product quality. It's not even that Intel has monopoly position; it's that they use that dominance to muscle out competition rather than maintaining dominance against competition through the products own attributes.

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RE[2]: Well done EU!
by pg--az on Wed 13th May 2009 16:12 in reply to "RE: Well done EU!"
pg--az Member since:
2006-03-15

How is fining a company going to help another company?


In the US the "civil" lawsuit is where the victim gets damages, for example in the OJ case the civil-suit jury "awarded the Brown and Goldman families tens of millions of dollars in punitive damages against Simpson".

I found a quote directly related to your question "would my guilty plea( in the criminal court) constitute an act of admission and make it easier for the people I hurt to come after me with a civil lawsuit". http://www.southerncaliforniadefenseblog.com/2009/04/california_cri...

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