Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th May 2010 10:45 UTC
Legal Nero AG, a company with one of the most fitting names ever (can you imagine a company called Hitler or Stalin 2000 years from now?), has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the MPEG-LA. The German technology company claims the licensing body has abused its monopoly power, and that is has not honoured agreements made with the US Department of Justice. There's some juicy stuff in here.
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holy guacamole
by DhulKarnain on Mon 24th May 2010 11:37 UTC
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"MPEG-LA sought a promise from the US Department of Justice that it would not initiate any antitrust investigations against the licensing body"

I admit I'm not exactly up to date with the US legal system being European and all, but does anybody else finds this completely apsurd or is it just me?

Since when can private entities seek any kind of reassurance from the federal government that they're safe from investigation/prosecution? And if they do obtain it, how much time does it have to pass for the justice system to be able to look into their business once again?

I would very much like to hear an American explain this.

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RE: holy guacamole
by on Mon 24th May 2010 12:08 in reply to "holy guacamole" Member since:

I'm no legal expert, but as I see it companies can ask for whatever they want, however ridiculous. RIAA/MPAA anyone?

With that said, just because a company asks for it doesn't mean they ever had a hope in hell of actually being granted their request.

In the case of the MPEG-LA seeking antitrust immunity from the DOJ, it seems that all the DOJ did (after laughing that a company could be so arrogant) was outline what the company could do to avoid violating US antitrust laws.

Kinda like a kid asking not to get punished for doing something bad, and the parent responding that bad children get punished, and then teaching the child how to be good.

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