Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Will Microsoft's antivirus move draw antitrust fire? | Beyond Binary - CNET News

And while they’re at it, maybe the anti-trust types should also force the automobile industry to stop including restraint systems, as doing so precludes a vibrant independent restraint system industry…

It's unclear whether giving away software that others charge for will ultimately be enough to justify regulatory action. Although one antitrust lawyer predicts rival security firms will complain and that antitrust authorities will listen.

"Sure, there will be antitrust issues. They're just...daring the antitrust authorities to knock it off," said Daniel Wall of the San Francisco firm of Latham & Watkins. "This is an old issue, the notion of them giving away for free products that others sell and it is absolutely guaranteed to get the attention of the antitrust authorities in Europe, Korea, Japan, and other jurisdictions."

Will Microsoft's antivirus move draw antitrust fire? | Beyond Binary - CNET News

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