Subject: RE: Charging the Charger [was: GPL v3 public performance idea?]
From: "Chris Maeda" <chrismaeda@comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2005 15:59:05 -0400

According to this, Microsoft has paid out at least $1.55 billion to settle
class-action lawsuits related to its antitrust violations.

http://wired-vig.wired.com/news/antitrust/0,1551,60998,00.html


-----Original Message-----
From: Anderson, Kelly [mailto:KAnderson@dentrix.com] 
Sent: Monday, May 16, 2005 3:43 PM
To: fsb@crynwr.com
Subject: RE: Charging the Charger [was: GPL v3 public performance idea?]

A corporation is an artificial "person", but one that can't go to jail,
or at least hasn't yet. The only way to tell a corporation that they
have done something "wrong" is to punish them financially. No antitrust
bodies have sent that particular message to Microsoft, ergo, they
haven't done anything wrong enough to warrant significant punishment.
QED.

-Kelly

-----Original Message-----

> [...] I'll concede that Gates too often uses the invisible hand of the

> market to pick consumers' pockets, but even so, he must have done 
> something right.  Market shares of Word, Excel, PPT, and Windows are
remarkably high...

Well two big antitrust bodies said that Microsoft behaviour was illegal
abuse of monopoly power, so I won't go further.