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[News] [Rival] European Commission's Decision on Microsoft Approaching, Strives to Restore Competition and Innovation

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] European Commission's Decision on Microsoft Approaching, Strives to Restore Competition and Innovation
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2007 12:09:33 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
The bright side of innovation

,----[ Quote ]
| Perhaps Nicolas Sarkozy was confusing ancient Rome with the Treaty of Rome 
| when the French president recently asked his Pythonesque question: what has 
| competition ever done for us? With judgment due on September 17 in 
| Microsoft's appeal against the European Commission's €497m ($675m, £335m) 
| fine for alleged abuses of its dominant position in operating systems, it is 
| a fitting time to take up his challenge.     


More abuse (prior art):

Separation of Church and Microsoft

,----[ Quote ]
| "Last week, the USPTO published a rather odd Microsoft patent application for 
| Content Ratings and Recommendations, which describes how religious-based 
| communities and other 'subcultures' can use the patent-pending process to 
| prevent their members from viewing undesirable television programs and 
| movies."    



EC can curb Gazprom monopoly says Sweden's Bildt

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| "The Commission has proved that they can use (competition authority)
| against Microsoft and General Electric and they can use it ...
| against Gazprom, if that was necessary as well," Bildt told
| Reuters in an interview.
| The ultimate sanction the European Union competition authority can
| take is to bar a company from doing business within the EU, if iti
| s proven to have violated EU law.
| This gives it sway over the companies such as General Electric
| Co. and Microsoft Corp. because they do business in the bloc. But
| anti-trust authorities worldwide have been notably ineffective
| against the open cartel activities of OPEC.


Becta's schools software scheme reported to EC

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| An advisor to Becta, the education technology quango, has complained
| to the European Commission about its procurement process for firms
| to provide online learning platforms and content to British schools.


European Commission throws money at Open Source software quality control

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| As a founder of the Open Source Consortium, Taylor also has an
| interest in increasing the level of professionalism in the open
| source community. He explains that one of the major criticisms
| of open source is that it is "cobbled together by a bunch of
| acne-ridden teens" He argues that having a way of demonstrating
| "provable quality" will really help...


EC leaves personal use out of criminal IP laws

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| Arguments over the definition of what constitutes "commercial scale"
| infringement have been drawn out and complicated. Eventually, the 
| committee agreed to leave copying for personal use uncriminalised.
| It states that to be criminal an infringement must be "a deliberate
| and conscious infringement of the intellectual property right for
| the purpose of obtaining commercial advantage".
| Lobby groups for rights holders are unsurprisingly unhappy with
| this clause. But the Business Software Alliance says it is also
| unhappy with the "incitement to infringe" clause. This might give
| Microsoft's execuitives pause for thought.


Microsoft Faces EU Probe on Word, Excel Dominance, People Say 

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| Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, is facing deeper 
| scrutiny from European regulators on whether it is abusing its dominance in 
| word processing and spreadsheets, three people with direct knowledge of the 
| case said.   


European Commission denies favouring open source

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| The Commission's statement comes just days after it was lobbied to
| clarify its position on open source. The Initiative for Software
| Choice (ISC) wrote to the Commission immediately after the
| release of the report urging it to contact the "international
| press" to "set the record straight" over its stance. The ISC's
| external affairs are handled by CompTIA, which is funded by 
| several IT vendors including Microsoft.
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