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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Possibly an Antitrust Law Violator After Its OOXML Corruptions

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Possibly an Antitrust Law Violator After Its OOXML Corruptions
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 01:23:51 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Appeals Court Rules that Deceptive Conduct in Standard Setting can Violate
Antitrust Laws

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| While many of us have been preoccupied with the OOXML vote, the rest of the 
| world has naturally been continuing to go about its business. One piece of 
| business that took an interesting turn in the last few days is a ruling by a 
| Federal Appellate Court in the United States that breaks new ground in 
| protecting the integrity of the standard setting system. The ruling may also 
| have relevance to the regrettable conduct witnessed in the recent OOXML vote.      


Microsoft's OpenXML misses out (for now) on approval as ISO standard

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| Bloggers like Andy Updegrove, who have been keeping a close eye on the ISO 
| process for some time, have criticised the voting procedure. He complains 
| that the irregularities reported from some countries have cast a shadow over 
| the credibility of the ISO process. For the standards organisation, it is 
| therefore of particular importance to demonstrate the validity and integrity 
| of the final result, otherwise it threatens to damage the whole system. 
| Updegrove also accuses Microsoft of failing to take the time to produce a 
| decent specification in the first place.       



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| Pieter Hintjens, president of the Foundation for a Free Information 
| Infrastructure, a non-profit organisation that is campaigning against the 
| Microsoft proposal, said: "We've recorded fairly systematic manipulation of 
| the voting process. We've seen what amounts to vote-buying in Italy, 
| Portugal, Colombia, Spain. In Sweden and Denmark, much the same happened – 
| Microsoft paying their business partners to join the vote."     


Corrupt countries were more likely to support the OOXML document format

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| Is this just a random coincidence? The median of the CPI index of the above 
| mentioned 70 countries is 3.95. Of the most corrupted half (CPI index less 
| than 3.95) 23 or 77% voted for approval (approval or approval with comments) 
| and 7 or 23% for disapproval; 5 abstained. Of the least corrupted half (CPI 
| index more than 3.95) 13 or 54% voted for approval and 11 or 46% voted for 
| disapproval; 11 abstained - see the table below.      


Microsoft accused of more OOXML standards fiddling 

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| However the 11 new countries are refusing to say how they will vote. These 
| include Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Ecuador, Jamaica, Lebanon, Malta, Pakistan, 
| Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay and Venezuela. Most people seem to think 
| that these have been put there by Vole to make sure the standard gets pushed 
| through.    


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