Judge Declares Microsoft A Monopoly Essay

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Judge Declares Microsoft A Monopoly

On November 5, 1999, District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson declared one of the leading
software companies in the world, a monopoly. The United States' government has what are
called, antitrust laws, which prevent a company from having a monopoly on a market. The US
charged Microsoft with violations of these laws, stating that they were thwarting such
competitors as, Netscape Navigator, and other web browsers. The US justice department has
accused Microsoft of being "engaged in massive anticompetitive practices." Bill Gates,
owner of Microsoft, believes that the practices of Microsoft are in no way that of a
monopoly, and are just forms of very aggressive competition. It is estimated that any
sanctions that Microsoft faces will be appealed for years to come, prolonging this case.
Judge Penfield has not ruled on whether Microsoft has broken the antitrust laws set forth
by the government; and it will be years before the judge sets the penalties for these
infractions. The decision of Jackson was announced after the closing of the stock market,
and the market is closed for a week after this decision. This is good news, because many
economists feared a large dive due to this recent decision. The court evaluated thousands
of pages of electronic mail, and 76 days of testimony, and came to the conclusion that
Microsoft was partaking in anticompetitive practices. Jackson stated that "Microsoft has
demonstrated that it will use its prodigious market power and immense profits to harm any
firm that insists on pursuing initiatives that could intensify competition." The
government will continue this case against Microsoft and continue to push for the
penalties to be presented to the corporate giant. The ideas that the justice system has to
punishing Microsoft range from, forcing the license of Windows to be distributed to other
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