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  4. <title>FSFE objects to claims of 'predatory pricing' in Free Software</title>
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  7. <h1>FSFE objects to claims of 'predatory pricing' in Free Software</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">In a recent antitrust submission to the
  9. European Commission, a Microsoft-led coalition falsely claimed that the
  10. distribution of Free Software free of charge hurts competition. FSFE has <a
  11. href="/activities/policy/eu/20130729.EC.Fairsearch.letter.html">written</a>
  12. a letter to the European Commission's competition authorities to
  13. refute this claim, and make it clear that Free Software is
  14. critical for an open, competitive IT market.
  15. </p>
  16. <p>In its letter, FSFE urges the Commission to consider the facts
  17. properly before accepting these allegations at face value. "Free
  18. Software is a boon for humankind. The only thing that it is
  19. dangerous to is Microsoft's hopelessly outdated, restrictive
  20. business model," says Karsten Gerloff, FSFE's president.
  21. </p>
  22. <p>
  23. The so-called "FairSearch" coalition is essentially asking the
  24. European Commission to favour a restrictive business model over a liberal one. This is
  25. exactly the opposite of what competition regulators should do in order
  26. to achieve a fair and open market.
  27. </p>
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  29. "Free Software is not about price, it's about liberty, a guarantee of
  30. competition and vendor independence. Asking to cripple Free Software
  31. in order to allow proprietary vendors to sell their locked-down
  32. systems is just absurd" says Carlo Piana, FSFE's General
  33. Counsel. "The most substantial threat to competition in the mobile
  34. space today are software patents, and we have repeatedly urged
  35. antitrust authorities to address this problem," he adds.
  36. </p>
  37. <p>
  38. FSFE asks the European Commission to dismiss the "FairSearch"
  39. coalition's unfounded claims regarding predatory pricing, and not make
  40. them part of whatever steps it decides to take in response to the
  41. group's filing.
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