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Win - MS: Microsoft meets most EC demands
MS Law Puppet Microsoft has accepted most of the conditions set by the European Commission to bring the software vendor into compliance with last year's anti-trust ruling.

Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, told the FT: "There were 26 areas where the Commission wanted changes to be made and we were able to say yes to 20 of those requests. Even on the remaining six, significant progress was made. I am hopeful that we will get closure within the next two to three weeks."
Published Apr 05, 2005 - 11:12 AM
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Win - MS: EU sleuths think Microsoft sabotaged Windows
MS Law Puppet A report in today’s Wall Street Journal suggests Microsoft has fiddled with the registry in its stripped-down Windows offerings and the result is that video clips embedded into Microsoft Word documents don’t run properly, for example.

The Journal quotes Jonathan Todd, a spokesman for European antitrust chief Neelie Kroes, as saying: "The commission is still in the process of assessing ... whether Microsoft is complying properly with the requirement to offer a fully functioning version of Windows without Media Player."
Published Mar 23, 2005 - 12:00 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft can't veto trustee
MS Law Puppet The European Union executive imposed remedies on the U.S. software giant one year ago, along with a record 497 million ($654.9 million) fine and the company was supposed to nominate a "monitoring trustee" as part of this decision.

"We have officially informed Microsoft that their proposal on the monitoring trustee is not acceptable," spokesman Jonathan Todd said. "Essentially they wished to have a veto on what issues the monitoring trustee could examine."
Published Mar 23, 2005 - 11:24 AM
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Win - MS: EC Acted in Collusion with Microsoft, Says High-Profile Austrian MEP
MS Law Puppet A high-profile MEP has said that the European Commission acted in collusion with Microsoft when earlier this week it declined the European Parliament's request for a restart of the legislative process concerning the software patent directive.

Dr. Maria Berger, the leader of the Austrian social democratic delegation in the EP and the coordinator of the second-largest parliamentary group (PSE) in the Legal Affairs Committee, said in a press release that 'the Commission might end up paying dearly for its rash collusion with Microsoft.'
Published Mar 03, 2005 - 10:52 AM
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Win - MS: Brussels furious with 'prevaricating' Microsoft
MS Law Puppet The European Commission is threatening to fine Microsoft 5% of its global revenue for failing to comply with the sanctions imposed last year in a landmark antitrust ruling, it emerged on Friday.

Relations between the European Union's competition authorities -- which fined the software group a record €497-million -- and Microsoft have sunk to a new low, even though the company said two months ago it would comply with court rulings that it implements EU "remedies" forthwith.
Published Feb 26, 2005 - 04:06 PM
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Win - MS: Danes accused Microsoft of blackmail
MS Law Puppet Digital Consumer Denmark says U.S. software producer Microsoft is trying to blackmail Copenhagen by threatening to shut a Danish unit.

DCD said Microsoft founder Bill Gates warned Denmark's prime minister the company would move Navision, a business software unit, to the United States if the European Union did not accept a directive securing Microsoft´s intellectual property rights in Europe, the Financial Times reported Tuesday.
Published Feb 15, 2005 - 12:13 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft's EU proposal is monstrous, says Samba
MS Law Puppet The co-founder of Samba, the open source file and print server software, is due to contact the European Commission (EC) in the next couple of weeks to lobby for changes to Microsoft's proposed server interoperability licence. Speaking to ZDNet UK this week, Samba co-creator Jeremy Allison launched a damning attack on the proposed licence, calling the fees that would be demanded under it "monstrous".
Published Feb 04, 2005 - 05:39 PM
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Win - MS: What does Microsoft really think of open source?
MS Law Puppet Pressed by the EU to create a server license allowing interoperability with other systems, Microsoft delivered a license that specifically prohibits it with open source, ZDNet reports today in the UK.

Microsoft agreed with an interoperability license to comply with an EU antitrust decision, which it still seeks to overturn. Meanwhile it has whipped out the "WSPP Development Agreement," which requires royalties just to use technical documentation on implementing its server protocols.
Published Jan 31, 2005 - 01:30 PM
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Win - MS: Are Microsoft's licences unfair to open-sourcerers?
MS Law Puppet Lawyers acting for the Free Software Foundation have accused the software giant of making it impossible for open source software developers to take part in its protocol licencing scheme. Microsoft was ordered to begin licencing its protocols by the European Union in its anti-trust ruling. This requires the company to make the code available under "reasonable and non-discriminatory" terms.
Published Jan 27, 2005 - 10:43 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft-coupon site thwarts some seeking claim forms
MS Law Puppet Some consumers racing to make the deadline for claiming benefits from a $1.1 billion Microsoft court settlement are hitting a virtual wall -- the Web site containing the claim form they need gives them gobbledygook or aborts their request.

With mere days to go before Saturday's cutoff, Trudy Zimmerman tried to download the form and got nowhere. When she called the site's help line, she was told to disable her pop-up blockers.
Published Jan 03, 2005 - 11:49 AM
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Win - MS: Another Small Firm Takes On Microsoft
MS Law Puppet Heard this one before? A tiny Silicon Valley company claims that Microsoft stole its ideas, and that when the firm attempted to collect license fees, the software behemoth responded with bully tactics that could have put the smaller company out of business.

But this time, there's a twist to the story: After preparing to go public with its grievance, the small company instead has gone quiet again.
Published Dec 08, 2004 - 09:56 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft critic received $9.75m after antitrust settlement
MS Law Puppet The landmark antitrust settlement this month between Microsoft and the Computer and Communications Industry Association, one of its oldest adversaries, resulted in a $9.75m payment to the CCIA's top official, according to confidential documents seen by the FT.

Ed Black, CCIA president and for years one of Microsoft's fiercest opponents in antitrust investigations, netted almost half the $19.75m total payment Microsoft paid the association.
Published Nov 25, 2004 - 02:04 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft issues 'Excel' trademark challenge
MS Law Puppet Savvysoft, a US-based financial software company, said that it is facing a trademark infringement challenge by Microsoft over the use of the term 'Excel'.

Rich Tanenbaum, founder of Savvysoft, claimed that Microsoft has never been granted a registered trademark on Excel, and that the legal challenge against Savvysoft's TurboExcel spreadsheet acceleration and migration tool is invalid.
Published Nov 22, 2004 - 04:01 PM
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Win - MS: Ballmer: Use Our Software or Somebody Might Get Hurt
MS Law Puppet Steve Ballmer showed the world Microsoft's true colors today and what their nasty strategy against Linux really is. He gave a speech in Singapore at Microsoft's Asian Government Leaders Forum and told them that he thinks Linux violates patents, though he wasn't specific, and someday, someone will come after governments that switch to GNU/Linux, and sue them for those IP "violations"
Published Nov 18, 2004 - 11:06 AM
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Win - MS: Judge asked to penalize Microsoft over e-mails
MS Law Puppet Burst.com asked a U.S. judge to penalize Microsoft for destroying e-mails it says the world's largest software company should have preserved as evidence in antitrust suits.

The material should have been available for jurors who will decide whether Microsoft stole Burst's patented technology for broadcasting sound and video at high speeds over the Internet, Burst said in court papers.
Published Nov 17, 2004 - 12:48 PM
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Win - MS: Defendant: Microsoft source code sale was a setup
MS Law Puppet A 27-year-old Connecticut man facing felony economic espionage charges for allegedly selling a copy of Microsoft's leaked source code for $20 says he's being singled out only because the software giant and law enforcement officials can't find the people who stole the code in the first place.

"They're using me as an example, to show if you do something like this, they're going to [work] you over," said William Genovese, in a telephone interview Thursday. "Why go after me? Why not go after the guy who took the code? Why not go after the guy who released it on the net?"
Published Nov 15, 2004 - 11:20 AM
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Win - MS: Can Microsoft buy RealNetworks' silence?
MS Law Puppet As the list of Microsoft adversaries receiving multimillion-dollar legal settlements grows, eyes are now turning to streaming media pioneer RealNetworks as a potential buy-off candidate.

Following deals this week with Novell and a computer industry trade group, Microsoft's top lawyer called RealNetworks the last company standing in the software giant's "litigation path" as it seeks to overturn a seminal European antitrust ruling that could force it to break out applications bundled in its Windows operating system.
Published Nov 14, 2004 - 04:18 AM
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Win - MS: Step Into My Parlor, Said the Spider to the Fly -- MS's Royalty-Free Protocol Licenses
MS Law Puppet South Korea's Fair Trade Commission has widened its investigation into Microsoft's alleged antitrust practices, after RealNetworks filed a complaint charging Microsoft with violating fair business practices by bundling Media Player into its operating system, the same charge that prevailed in the EU.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is quietly moving forward with its patent plans. News.com has a fascinating article that quotes a spokesman as saying that they are seeking to enter into cross-licensing deals with the top 30 technology companies, so that they can have access to the patents they are most interested in and can offer their customers indemnification from patent infringement lawsuits.
Published Nov 08, 2004 - 11:27 AM
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Win - MS: Microsoft's new weapon against Linux questioned
MS Law Puppet In his email, sent to Microsoft customers and partners on Wednesday, Ballmer claimed that Windows was a better choice than Linux. His reasons included Microsoft's old favourites of total cost of ownership and security, but also included a relatively new weapon, IP indemnification.

...But Richard Penfold, a partner in the IP practice of law firm DLA, told ZDNet UK that this email suggests that Microsoft is only providing assistance with legal costs, not damages.
Published Nov 01, 2004 - 01:08 PM
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Win - MS: Microsoft in battle with Japan over non-sue clause
MS Law Puppet Microsoft said in government hearings Monday that it is determined to fight Japan's anti-monopoly watchdog over a clause in licensing contracts with Japanese manufacturers.

The software giant was defending itself before the Fair Trade Commission regarding a clause Microsoft has in licensing agreements with manufacturers that prevents companies from suing it for patent and copyright infringement if they suspect their own software technology has ended up in the Windows operating system.
Published Oct 26, 2004 - 02:19 PM
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