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The Battle Between Microsoft and the EU Continues

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The battle between Microsoft and the European Union continues as Microsoft filed a second appeal against the ruling, which said that the company has to share code with open-source companies.

Microsoft filed the appeal on August 10, but it was just made public today. The appeal will be heard at the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg, but a date has not yet been set. Reuters explains:

The issue arises out of a March, 2004, decision by the European Commission finding Microsoft abused dominance of the Windows operating system so it could damage rival makers of work-group servers and rival makers of media players.

Microsoft paid a 497 million-euro fine and issued remedies on the two issues, but nearly 1-1/2 years later those sanctions have yet to bite.

“We are taking this step so the court can begin its review now of this issue, given its far-reaching implications for the protection of our intellectual property rights around the world,” said Microsoft spokesman Tom Brookes.

The European Union believes that the whole thing will be resolved if the Court of First Instance goes along with its ruling. Only time will tell.

Chris is a staff writer for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest ebusiness news.

The Battle Between Microsoft and the EU Continues
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