You should read what Barnes and Noble presented to the ITC. It’s a powerful and thorough expose on the pattern of abuse of competition laws by M$ including now a campaign of unfair shakedown over patents.
“Microsoft’s primary copyright argument borders on the frivolous. The company claims an absolute and unfettered right to use its intellectual property as it wishes.
… That is no more correct than the proposition that use of ones’ personal property, such as a baseball bat, cannot give rise to tort liability. As the Federal Circuit succinctly stated: ‘Intellectual property rights do not confer a privilege to violate the antitrust laws’”
It’s almost as Martin Niemöller said,
“First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
M$ has picked off one business after another signing them up to NDAs and royalty payments as if M$ owned Android/Linux. Barnes and Noble is asking the ITC to do the right thing and stomp out M$’s abuse before it’s too late. Barns and Noble apparently sees that someone has to fight back and they are not passing the buck. M$ has already cowed a bunch of OEMs who did not fight back.
Good for B&N.
What’s absolutely amazing to me is that
- either M$ is deluded in thinking that M$ can escape the antitrust laws or
- M$ is right and the world will stupidly allow the monopoly to continue indefinitely.
The monopoly should have been dismembered a decade ago but the court messed up. Let’s hope the ITC gets it right this time. At some point they should realize that M$ is a chronic criminal who invests $billions in figuring out new ways to mess with the competition rather than working for a living.