Seize assets - Windows, Office
Posted Jul 13, 2006 15:17 UTC (Thu) by dwheeler
In reply to: Free Software Foundation Europe on Microsoft fines
Parent article: Free Software Foundation Europe on Microsoft fines
There are alternatives to fines, though they won't happen. If Microsoft NEVER complied, and no fine seemed to work, there are seizable assets: Windows and Office. Just declare that the copyright to those products has been revoked, and that they and their successors are in the public domain. This is similar to having a property seizure if you don't pay fines. No, that will NEVER happen. And I don't know if the laws are written in a way to make it possible... but it's conceivable. Which suggests that MS will eventually comply with the law, at least enough to make some enforcer happy, or find a way to overturn the ruling.
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