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  4. <title>EU browser case: FSFE says details of settlement will be crucial</title>
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  7. <h1>EU browser case: FSFE says details of settlement will be crucial</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) congratulates the European
  9. Commission on its firm stance in the antitrust investigation against
  10. Microsoft, which has led the company to offer a settlement. For any
  11. such settlement, getting the details right will be crucial for
  12. competition and innovation in the web browser market.</p>
  13. <p>"To ensure genuine consumer choice, the ballot screen must be made
  14. available to Microsoft Windows users around the world, not just in
  15. Europe", says Karsten Gerloff, President of FSFE. "The company is
  16. upholding its dominance thanks to the network effects created by its
  17. illegal practice of bundling Internet Explorer with Windows operating
  18. systems in all markets where it sells its software. In a globally
  19. interconnected market, remedies must be global."</p>
  20. <p>As an interested third party in the case, FSFE maintains that any
  21. settlement must put competing browsers on an equal footing with
  22. Internet Explorer. They must be accessible just as easily as
  23. Microsoft's own browser, and must provide users with at least the
  24. same degree of integration into the operating system.</p>
  25. <p>The procedure for selecting the browsers to be included in the ballot
  26. screen is a key issue of the proposal. This procedure needs to be
  27. based on a clearly defined algorithm, closely controlled by the
  28. European Commission.</p>
  29. <p>"Simply including browsers according to usage share would freeze the
  30. market in its current state, rather than invigorate it. Instead,
  31. market trends and cross-platform availability of each browser should
  32. be the key parameters for this selection", says Adriaan de Groot,
  33. FSFE's Legal Coordinator.</p>
  34. <p>FSFE will continue to support the European Commission in its
  35. effort to bring fair access, competition and innovation to the web
  36. browser market. FSFE considers anti-competitive behaviour
  37. unacceptable, whether it occurs through 'tying' products, or in
  38. circumventing standards and fair access.</p>
  39. <p>FSFE promotes freedom of choice and protects Open Standards. This
  40. includes working against abuse of standards through proprietary
  41. extensions that unlawfully segment the Internet. FSFE welcomes the
  42. participation of any company in the browser market, including the
  43. optimisation of their products to work well on target platforms.</p>
  44. <p>But no company should be in a position to dictate what the Internet
  45. will look like by leveraging platform dominance into erosion of
  46. standards through control of server and client.</p>
  47. <p></p>
  48. <p>For FSFE's previous statement on this issue please see:</p>
  49. <ul>
  50. <li><a href="">Web browser interoperability: FSFE welcomes EC's decision and offers support</a></li>
  51. <li><a href="">FSFE engages in the EU browser case</a></li>
  52. </ul>
  53. <p>For FSFE's letter to the European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes please see:</p>
  54. <ul>
  55. <li><a href=""></a></li>
  56. </ul>
  57. <h2>Background</h2>
  58. <p> FSFE previously supported the European Commission's DG Competition
  59. in its 2001 investigation against Microsoft's non-disclosure of
  60. interoperability data. This was the first time the Free Software
  61. community became involved in such a case, and helped lead to a final
  62. decision in 2004 against Microsoft demanding that interoperability
  63. information be made public.
  64. </p>
  65. <p> The ruling was upheld by a 2007 ruling at the European Court of
  66. First Instance, and eventually, Samba and the entire community
  67. received access to the interoperability information upon conditions
  68. compatible with the GNU General Public License, which is now being
  69. implemented into better and more interoperable software that will
  70. benefit the entire IT ecosystem.
  71. </p>
  72. <h2>About the Free Software Foundation Europe:</h2>
  73. <p> The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit
  74. non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and
  75. involved in many global activities. Access to software determines
  76. participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in
  77. the information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free
  78. Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the
  79. furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study,
  80. modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these
  81. issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving
  82. people Freedom by supporting development of Free Software are
  83. central issues of the FSFE.</p>
  84. <h2>Press contact:</h2>
  85. <ul>
  86. <li>Karsten Gerloff,<a href=""></a>, +49 176 9690 4298</li>
  87. <li>Adriaan de Groot, <a href=""></a></li>
  88. <li>Carlo Piana, <a href=""></a></li>
  89. </ul>
  90. </body>
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  92. <tag>Policy</tag>
  93. <tag content="European Commission">EuropeanCommission</tag>
  94. <tag>Microsoft</tag>
  95. <tag>Antitrust</tag>
  96. </tags>
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