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Four States Switch Sides Against Microsoft, Plus Resolution in Europe

Four states that were on Microsoft’s side on the matter of extending the U.S. antitrust agreement have switched sides and are now siding with the software giant’s opponents. New York, Maryland, Louisiana and Florida have joined the “California group” in supporting an extension on oversight of Microsoft (ironically, the pro-Microsoft group was referred to previously as the “New York group”).

Also, the European Commission and Microsoft have come to an agreement on Microsoft’s actions regaring the 2004 ruling on MS’s anticompetitive practices. Under the agreement, competitors will be able to access and use Microsoft’s interoperability information, royalties for that use will be reduced to merely $14,348, and royalties for use of product of such will be reduced to 0.4% (from 5.95%).

October 23rd, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Law | 2 comments

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  1. As a Californian, I’ve always felt kind of ashamed of the position we have taken in the Microsoft ordeal.

    Comment by Albert | October 24, 2007

  2. The royalities are a slap in the face. I’d love to see MS create a better product and win again. What will the EC do then?
    What would be even better is having MS turn off all of the windows machines, format the drives and give the EU a big heave hoe. To much money over there for that though.

    Plus, just like Windows and Office are big money makes for MS, MS is a big piggy back for the EC to fine, they aren’t going to let them go so soon. Vista and Office are next. Round 2 begins soon.

    Comment by David | October 24, 2007

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