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<title>FSFE - EU antitrust case over: Samba receives interoperability information</title>
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<h1>EU antitrust case over: Samba receives interoperability information</h1>
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In 2004 the European Commission found Microsoft guilty of monopoly
abuse in the IT marketplace and demanded that complete
interoperability information be made available to competitors.
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upheld the obligation for Microsoft to share its protocol
The <a href="">Samba</a> Team has decided to make use of Micrsoft's obligation
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The <a href="">Samba</a> Team has decided to make use of Micrsoft's obligation
under the European judgements. Through the Protocol Freedom
Information Foundation (PFIF), network interoperability information
has been requested and a one-time access fee of 10.000 EUR is being
paid to give Samba team full access to important specifications.
"This case is over and interoperability won. The European Court made
clear that interoperability information should not be kept secret and
the agreement shows that Microsoft saw no way to continue its
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standard which everyone will have to meet from now on," summarizes
Georg Greve, president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE).
Jonas Öberg, FSFE's vice president, continues: "Other winners are all
users of Workgroup productivity applications: Samba will now gain full
access to all the information necessary for full interoperability with
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because increased competition is likely to put pressure on Microsoft's
pricing and decrease Microsoft's margins."
"Under the current situation, thanks to the improvements that we have
been able to obtain, the agreement is the best solution possible. It
does not solve all the open issues we have with Microsoft, it just
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with Free Software licensing," comments Carlo Piana, legal counsel of
the FSFE.
Piana continues: "We have been able once for all to receive a list of
the patents that Microsoft claims to be reading on the specifications.
Incredibly we have never been exactly told which those patents
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practice: if you have an issue with somebody, you should tell what
this issue is, or shut up completely."
"The European Commission has been criticised harshly for its agreement
with Microsoft, in particular its failure to declare potentially
relevant patents of Microsoft invalid," Jonas Öberg continues: "The
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administration to declare specific patents valid or invalid. We need
informed, transparent and democratic dialog on this issue."
Georg Greve adds: "The European Commission got further than any other
antitrust authority in the world and was more successful. They deserve
our gratitude and support for having gone 80% of the way. All the same
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including a clear request to the proper political places to address
this issue."
"We should also not forget that this is only about one area in which
Microsoft is showing the same behaviour. There are outstanding
antitrust complaints from both the European Committee for
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the positive example it set since 1998, it should not fail to also
investigate the other complaints."
"The overall summary is positive. When FSFE set out in 2001 to support
the European Commission in its antitrust investigation against
Microsoft, our goal was to make this information available to Free
Software. Working jointly with the Samba team since 2003, we managed
to do just that."
Jonas Öberg concludes: "Software patents were a problem then and they
remain a problem today. We will need to solve this problem
politically, and FSFE intends to keep working on this. Meanwhile I'd
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the case. Our thanks also goes to everyone who supported our work over
the years and helped make this success possible."
<p>About the Free Software Foundation Europe:</p>
<p class="leftmargin">The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit
non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and
involved in many global activities. Access to software determines
participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in
the information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free
Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the
furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study,
modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these
issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving
people Freedom by supporting development of Free Software are central
issues of the FSFE.<br />
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<li>Georg Greve +41-76-5611866</li>
<li>Jonas Öberg +46-733-423962</li>
<li>Carlo Piana +39-347-8835209</li>
<li>Shane Coughlan +41-79-2633406</li>
<li>Ciaran O'Riordan +32-477-364419</li>
<p>You can reach the FSFE switchboard from:</p>
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<li>Belgium: +32 2 747 03 57</li>
<li>Germany: +49 700 373 38 76 73</li>
<li>Sweden: +46 31 7802160</li>
<li>Switzerland: +41 43 500 03 66</li>
<li>UK: +44 29 200 08 17 7</li>
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