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  4. <title>FSFE - News - FSFE calls on Microsoft to release interoperability information without restrictions</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE calls on Microsoft to release interoperability information without restrictions</h1>
  8. <p>The European Commission has fined Microsoft 899 million Euro for
  9. anti-competitive behaviour by restricting access to interoperability
  10. information through unreasonable royalty payments prior to October
  11. 2007. This is in addition previous fines of 497 million Euro and 280
  12. million Euro applied in the same investigation, resulting in a total
  13. penalty of 1.676 billion Euro.</p>
  14. <p>"Microsoft is the last company that actively promotes the use of
  15. software patents to restrict interoperability. This kind of behaviour
  16. has no place in an Internet society where all components should connect
  17. seamlessly regardless of their origin," says Georg Greve, president of
  18. the Free Software Foundation Europe.</p>
  19. <p>"The idea that interoperability information for software can be
  20. restricted by software patents is simply unacceptable," comments Shane
  21. Coughlan, head of FSFE's Freedom Task Force. "The Commission is now
  22. recognising this issue in the context of understanding that patent
  23. royalties can distort the market. We have to ensure that such
  24. distortion does not occur again. If Microsoft wants to act in good
  25. faith it should release all the interoperability information for its
  26. products on a royalty free basis."</p>
  27. <p>"Microsoft have abused their monopoly position to prevent competition
  28. and choice," says Jonas Oberg, vice-president of Free Software
  29. Foundation Europe. "Yesterday's decision by the Commission is step
  30. towards correcting this but Microsoft are still reaping the benefits of
  31. their abuse. We need to act to restore a free market in European software."</p>
  32. <p>Context: <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/08/318&amp;format=HTML&amp;aged=0&amp;language=EN&amp;guiLanguage=en">The European Commission press release</a>.</p>
  33. <p>About the Free Software Foundation Europe:</p>
  34. <p class="aboutfsfe">The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit
  35. non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and
  36. involved in many global activities. Access to software determines
  37. participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in
  38. the information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free
  39. Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the
  40. furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study,
  41. modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these issues,
  42. securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving people
  43. Freedom by supporting development of Free Software are central issues
  44. of the FSFE.<br/>
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  46. Further information: http://fsfeurope.org</p>
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