Brussels drops Microsoft case

Subject: Brussels drops Microsoft case
From: Emanuella Giavarra (
Date: to 27 marras 1997 - 20:14:21 EET

Dear list members,

The Financial Times reported on Tuesday that the European Commission
dropped one of several outstanding competition cases against Microsoft
after the US software company altered the terms of a contract it had
with Santa Cruz Operations (SCO).

Pre-empting further action by Brussels, Microsoft said it would release
SCO from the terms of a 1987 contract that required it to include
Microsoft technology in its versions of the Unix operating system and
pay royalties.

SCO had complained to the Commission and the US Justice Department
earlier this year, saying the terms of the agreement were
anti-competitive. The Commission agreed that the provisions restricted
SCO's ability to compete with Microsoft, particularly in the field of
operating systems for workstations and servers.

Microsoft's waiver means SCO can now design its product as it wishes
without the obligation to use Microsoft intellectual property.

This case demonstrates the ability of US companies to use Europe's
regulatory system.

Kind regards,
Emanuella Giavarra

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