eBay being sued over patent infringement

From: Vassilis Prevelakis <vp_at_mcs.drexel.edu>
Date: Fri Apr 25 20:43:00 2003

In cctalk digest, Vol 1 #569,
Mail List <mail.list_at_analog-and-digital-solutions.com> wrote:
> > Doc Shipley <doc_at_mdrconsult.com> wrote:
> > MS was charged with exerting undue influence - active coercion - on
> > their customers, using that market share as leverage.
> No one ever had to buy Microsoft products. They always could have
> gone with the Macintosh platform, or a Unix system.

This is your personal opinion and I respect it. It does not, however,
change the *fact* that Micro$oft was found guilty of breaking the
anti-trust law. No logical argument can dispute that, since it is a
fact; Micro$oft exhausted the appeal process, so unless the law is
changed, or Micro$oft is pardoned, they remain guilty. Maybe the
anti-trust laws are wrong, or unfair, however Micro$oft is now legally
considered to have been a monopoly and to have leveraged their status
to gain unfair advantage over their competitors.

Received on Fri Apr 25 2003 - 20:43:00 BST

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