|FROM ||David Sugar
|SUBJECT ||Re: [hangout] Richard Schwartz is in charge of New York state's part
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From: David Sugar
To: Jay Sulzberger
Subject: Re: [hangout] Richard Schwartz is in charge of New York state's part
in the Microsoft anti-trust action.
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That is just one of many issues I find with this proposed settlement. For
example, it suggests an illegal monopoly can nontheless be permitted to
use RAND licensing to discriminate against other vendors and those seeking
interoperability. It establishes or at least sanctions other behaviors
that even legitimate companies should not be permitted to do regardless of
monoply status. Many of the problems with this so called settlement is
that it institutionalizes and endorses the very same criminal behavior
that initiated much of the legal action in the first place.
On Fri, 2 Nov 2001, Jay Sulzberger wrote:
> The federal judge today gave the states until Tuesday to accept or reject
> the settlement proposed by Microsoft and the United States Department of
> Justice. The proposed settlement would allow Microsoft and
> Dell/Compaq/HP/IBM/etc. to continue their practice of offering only
> Microsoft operating systems on mass market IBM style peecees, and further,
> refusing to give refunds in case the buyer does not run the Microsoft OS
> already on the hard disk. The settlement, if accepted by all parties,
> including the judge, would formally sanction as legal this very effective
> blocking of competition at the level of the OS.
> Any settlement that does not guarantee a level playing field for all
> operating systems at point of sale of IBM style peecees is not a
> settlement at all, but a license for Microsoft and Dell/Compaq/HP/IBM/etc.
> to continue to deny most computer buyers any choice at all of operating
> Please read the proposed settlement and then write to Richard Schwartz.
> Text of proposed settlement:
> Address of Richard Schwartz:
> New Yorker Linux Users Scene
> Fair Use -
> because it's either fair use or useless....
New Yorker Linux Users Scene
Fair Use -
because it's either fair use or useless....