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  5. <title>FSFE objects to claims of 'predatory pricing' in Free Software</title>
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  8. <h1>FSFE objects to claims of 'predatory pricing' in Free Software</h1>
  9. <p>In a recent antitrust submission to the
  10. European Commission, a Microsoft-led coalition falsely claimed that the
  11. distribution of Free Software free of charge hurts competition. FSFE has <a
  12. href="/news/2013/news-20130729-02.html">written</a>
  13. a letter to the European Commission's competition authorities to
  14. refute this claim, and make it clear that Free Software is
  15. critical for an open, competitive IT market.
  16. </p>
  17. <p>In its letter, FSFE urges the Commission to consider the facts
  18. properly before accepting these allegations at face value. "Free
  19. Software is a boon for humankind. The only thing that it is
  20. dangerous to is Microsoft's hopelessly outdated, restrictive
  21. business model," says Karsten Gerloff, FSFE's president.
  22. </p>
  23. <p>
  24. The so-called "FairSearch" coalition is essentially asking the
  25. European Commission to favour a restrictive business model over a liberal one. This is
  26. exactly the opposite of what competition regulators should do in order
  27. to achieve a fair and open market.
  28. </p>
  29. <p>
  30. "Free Software is not about price, it's about liberty, a guarantee of
  31. competition and vendor independence. Asking to cripple Free Software
  32. in order to allow proprietary vendors to sell their locked-down
  33. systems is just absurd" says Carlo Piana, FSFE's General
  34. Counsel. "The most substantial threat to competition in the mobile
  35. space today are software patents, and we have repeatedly urged
  36. antitrust authorities to address this problem," he adds.
  37. </p>
  38. <p>
  39. FSFE asks the European Commission to dismiss the "FairSearch"
  40. coalition's unfounded claims regarding predatory pricing, and not make
  41. them part of whatever steps it decides to take in response to the
  42. group's filing.
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