US Federal Government to require MSIE for copyright preregistration

Joel Jaeggli joelja at darkwing.uoregon.edu
Fri Aug 5 15:27:27 UTC 2005


On Fri, 5 Aug 2005, Mike McCarty wrote:

> Rui Miguel Seabra wrote:
>> On Fri, 2005-08-05 at 09:33 -0500, Mike McCarty wrote:
>> 
>>> Erm, I believe it was in the EU that Microsoft got convicted, not
>>> in the USA.
>> 
>> 
>> They were convicted in the USA _first_ then in the _EU_ as well.
>
> Define convicted. They agreed to pay a fine without admitting any
> wrong doing. At most, it would be a tort, anyway, not a conviction.

Violations of the sherman antitrust act (things like price fixing and 
market allocation) can be crimnally prosecuted (by the justice dept, the 
ftc an bring civil action).

the june 7, 2000 court ordered break-up was a fairly severe penalty, but 
it was later set aside. they were found guilty on april 3 2000, and their 
guilt wasn't called into question in the 2001 settlement with the justice 
dept...

the more interesting bits of conviction can be found here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/business/2000/microsoft/700702.stm

>> In both cases, the punishment was rather lacking of effect...
>> 
>> Rui
>> 
>> 
>
> Mike
>

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