EU 10, Microsoft 0

An exciting day in many ways yesterday! The European Court have confimred the European Commissions fine on Microsoft for ant-competitive activities. The Guardian have reported it with the head line "European appeal court opens Windows to the world and shakes the superdominant". A headline only imagined in the Guardian business section.

Most interestingly they indirectly quote the competition commissioner, Ms Neelie Kroes,  as saying that this ruling strengthens the commissions determinatio to put consumer benefit above innovation. This would be worrying if it wasn't for the fact that only "Author/Publishers" need copyright/patent protection to inhibit competition. There are many other business models that drive innovation in the economy.

 This article at vnunet.com, called "Copyright harms the economy" is further evidence that bit by bit, people recognise that ideas cannot be exclusivly owned and that exclusive ownership is not in the public interest.

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Hi David,

Intellectual property rights are an emotive issue. The quotations you have provided give valuable insight into some of the rationale behind some of the alternative commercial models used by companies such as Sun, but the wholesale erosion of the closed-source model has not yet reached the stage where it can be discounted.

Where companies are found to be monopolistic, they should be censured. Alternatively, where intellectual property is misappropriated, this too should be censured.

The point here is balance that allows cumsumers ultimate choice.

Regards,

Stuart

Posted by Stuart Murray on September 18, 2007 at 06:24 PM PDT #

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