MS drags Linspire back to court (Register)
Posted May 20, 2004 22:59 UTC (Thu) by DaSilvor
Parent article: MS drags Linspire back to court (Register)
I don't like what Microsoft is doing in the courts to protect it's monopoly position, but at the same time I have to admire them.
They have been giving the courts the run around for years, and even if they lose a case they appeal and appeal until the penalty is so small it is meaningless. Their legal bill is probably larger than the penalty.
By clever management and growth, they are now so large that even the judgement in Europe hardly scratches the surface.
However, now they have now done something which, to my knowledge, has never been done before. They have made the courts of America irrelevent.
By filing abroad they have bypassed the American Legal system and made it second to Microsofts will. Even if the courts decide that Microsoft was wrong to go abroad, and decide that the foreign rullings are unenforceable in the US, it is too late, the damage has been done. They have forced another company to submit to their will against the will of the Courts of America.
I suspect that before this case is settled they will force Linspire to shut down completely and the case will be dropped. Why else would they continue to target Linspire? To drive it to the wall, of course. No final ruling means there is nothing to stop them doing it again to any other company or individual who attracts their attention. They don't want that final ruling.
Film makers have been portaying the future where large companies control or replace governments for years.
Welcome to the United States of Microsoft
Got a bit of a ring to it, don't you think.
Get used to it people, it is now becoming reality.
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