Azara Blog: Microsoft loses appeal in Europe

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Date published: 2007/09/17

The BBC says:

Microsoft has lost its appeal against a record 497m euro (£343m; $690m) fine imposed by the European Commission in a long-running competition dispute.

The European Court of First Instance upheld the ruling that Microsoft had abused its dominant market position.

A probe concluded in 2004 that Microsoft was guilty of freezing out rivals in server software and products such as media players.

Microsoft has two months to appeal at the European Court of Justice.

Microsoft has clearly "abused its dominant market position" for years. On the other hand, the fine is arbitrary, and you can guarantee that if Microsoft had been a European company then there would have been no lawsuit and no fine.

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