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[News] France Prohibits Forced Bundling (of Windows Only)

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Taxing Times for Free Choice

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| Anyway, it boils down to this:
| Forcing people to buy something else with what they really want to buy is 
| called bundling. It is now prohibited in France, and it is probably so in the 
| UK too.  
| Perhaps these vendors need to read about the Sale of Goods Act again.


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French court orders Windows refund

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| In France, it is illegal to bundle software and to refuse to reimburse the
| customer for unwanted licences, under Article L.122-1 of the French Consumer
| Code. The Tribunal de Grande Instance ruled that offering an expensive refund
| option was tantamount to offering no refund option at all, hence finding for
| the consumer and requiring that Asus stump up.    


French police deal blow to Microsoft

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| The French paramilitary police force said Wednesday it is ditching Microsoft
| for the free Linux operating system, becoming one of the biggest
| administrations in the world to make the break.  


French consumer protectionists are demanding PCs without preinstalled

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| The consumer protectionists of the French organization UFC-Que Choisir
| are demanding of the IT group Hewlett-Packard and the vendors Auchan
| and Darty that they offer PCs without preinstalled software.
| [...]
| UFC-Que Choisir last year also took action against Sony and Apple,
| taking the two companies to court for allegedly putting their
| customers at a disadvantage through proprietary DRM technologies
| and curtailing their choice of devices.


French consumer group attacks PC software bundling

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| UFC-Que Choisir legal officer Sandra Wouhling said current
| practice effectively forced ordinary consumers to buy computers
| using Microsoft operating systems whereas companies anda
| dministrations were offered a real choice.

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