Three Times The Microsoft Legal Issues

    March 16, 2006

I’ve got three tabs open with Microsoft legal issues, so its time to unload them all at once, real fast:

There’s an Iowa class-action demanding hundreds of millions from Microsoft for stifling competition and forcing them to suffer under Windows, as well as overcharging for the operating system. The lawsuit only remains after other similar ones were settled because the plaintiffs want cash, not vouchers.

“I don’t take coupons,” she said.

Microsoft asked the European Commission to open up its antitrust hearings to the public, believing that the trial has gotten to the point where they can no longer expect fair treatment. Microsoft believes that if the public sees what’s going on, they’ll jump to Microsoft’s side.

The EU said no, saying the law prohibits that type of transparency.

You know, I don’t think you can have a fair courts system if you hold everything in secrecy. Then again, I guess Europe has always had a very different idea of what a “democracy” is.

Finally, Microsoft has filed lawsuits against eight eBay sellers who are selling pirated Microsoft software on the online auction site. Microsoft found the offenders through Windows Genuine Advantage, which replaces pirated MS software with the real thing if the buyer rats out the seller.

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