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[News] In Defence of Dismantling Microsoft for Its Criminal Behaviour

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A bad soap opera?

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| A trial against Microsoft on any particular point of its monopoly (and for 
| that matter, on any corporation perverting the market because of its 
| illegitimate monopolistic position) essentially conveys the message that 
| regardless of the possible sanction against the company, its wrongdoings are 
| not morally tolerable anymore. Were it only because of this last point, I 
| still do find that that legal actions are sometimes justified.     



Microsoft threatened on antitrust non-compliance

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| As surely as night follows day, so Microsoft is regularly upbraided for not
| complying with the US government's landmark 2002 settlement for breach of
| antitrust laws.
| Now, six years into a seven-year settlement monitoring process, presiding
| settlement judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has told Microsoft's she doesn't
| think it's going far or fast enough in meeting the terms of the deal.


Windows 7 to be 'thoroughly' tested by antitrust regulators

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| Technical advisers to the antitrust regulators who monitor Microsoft Corp.'s
| compliance with a 2002 antitrust settlement will test Windows 7 "more
| thoroughly" than earlier versions of the operating system were tested,
| according to a recently-released status report filed with the federal judge
| watching over the company.
| The three-member panel of computer experts that works for state antitrust
| officials has had a copy of Windows 7 since at least last March, but in
| December 2008, Microsoft delivered additional documentation to the technical
| committee.


Antitrust status conference on tap for Microsoft

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| Microsoft and antitrust regulators will be back in federal court on Thursday,
| for a regularly scheduled status conference on the software giant's
| compliance with the final judgment order stemming from its historic consent
| decree.


Microsoft told to remove anti-suit clauses

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| JAPAN'S Fair Trade Commission has told Microsoft, the world's largest
| software maker, to void clauses that it says violate anti-monopoly law in
| contracts with Japanese personal computer makers.


Japan trade commission rules against Microsoft

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| The Fair Trade Commission in Japan told Microsoft on Friday to void clauses
| that it said violated antimonopoly law in contracts with Japanese personal
| computer makers.
| Microsoft had contracts with Japanese PC makers with clauses that blocked
| them from taking legal action over patents involving the Windows operating
| system, the commission said in a statement dated yesterday, citing a Sept. 16
| ruling.
| The decision relates to a case going back more than four years. On July 13,
| 2004, the FTC told Microsoft to remove the anti-lawsuit clauses. The company,
| based in Redmond, Washington, excluded the conditions from new contracts
| effective Aug. 1 of that year. Clauses in contracts concluded before the
| watchdog's order are still in force, the commission's statement said.


Chinese lawyer puts Microsoft in the hot seat

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| Dong Zhengwei, a partner with Beijing-based Zhongyin law firm, has attracted
| the attention of multinational corporate executives and the legal community
| alike, after he filed a complaint against Microsoft with China’s
| anti-monopoly regulators and proposed that a US$1bn fine be imposed on the
| global software giant.


CF files FTC complaint against Microsoft

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| The Consumers' Foundation (CF), a private consumer watchdog, filed a
| complaint yesterday with the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) against Microsoft
| over the software giant's pulling Windows XP from the Taiwan market in line
| with its migration to the new operating system Vista.
| The CF urged the government body to impose sanctions on Microsoft for the
| termination of Windows XP sales in Taiwan.
| "We suggest that the FTC slap Microsoft with a heavy fine for impairing
| market fairness," said CF Acting Chairman Hsieh Tien-jen while delivering the
| complaint to the commission.
| [...]
| "Sixty-seven percent of local users want a return of XP to the market," he
| said, citing the results of another poll.
| He described Microsoft's marketing strategy as an abuse of consumer rights.


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| Poland’s Office for Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) claims
| that selling laptops with obligatorily preinstalled Microsoft's
| Windows operating system constitutes a monopolistic practice and is
| restrictive to competition....
| The investigation, instigated in December 2007, as a result of many
| complaints filed with the UOKiK by Polish consumers, has revealed that
| breaching antimonopoly principles in commonplace among computer
| hardware and software producers.
| "[Consumers] complained that they could not make their own choice of
| an operating system when buying a laptop", Malgorzata Cieloch, UOKiK's
| Spokesperson has told Gazeta Wyborcza."


HU: Hearing on Competition Office complaint over Microsoft deal

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| The Metropolitan Court's (Fővárosi Bíróság) second hearing on a complaint by
| Hungary's Competition Office over a government software tender
| requesting "Microsoft or equivalent solutions" is scheduled for 1 September,
| the Hungarian IT news site IT Cafe reports.
| The Competition Office in March decided to take the Hungarian Public
| Procurement Authority to court for refusing to annul the 25 billion HUF
| (about a 100 million euro) tender. The request to cancel the software tender
| was filed earlier that same month by three Hungarian IT companies
| specialising in Open Source software solutions, ULX, Multiráció and Open SKM.
| The companies say that the tender is anti-competitive since it explicitly
| calls for Microsoft products.
| The Public Procurement Authority denied the request.


Steve Ballmer Receives the Egg-treatment in Budapest

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| Update#2: OK, enough of the fun part. As the story circulates people start
| wondering what may be the background, and since the only sources are in
| Hungarian, here’s a summary of the circumstances:
|     A Hungarian Government bid, worth $25B Hungarian Forints, roughly $157M
|     was allegedly skewed towards MS. (A ‘competitive’ bid with wording that
|     all but ensures only Microsoft meets the requirements.) A Hungarian
|     Watchdog Body (sort of like the FTC in the US) challenged the bidding
|     process via the Court system, and a trial date was set for today. The
|     trial was suddenly and unexpectedly rescheduled just as Ballmer arrived
|     in Budapest. So there may be a perception of the Bully lobbying there.

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