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  3. <head>
  4. <title>
  5. Microsoft settlement leaves Free Software in the cold
  6. </title>
  7. </head>
  8. <body>
  9. <h1>Microsoft settlement leaves Free Software in the cold</h1>
  10. <p newsteaser="yes">
  11. The European Commission yesterday announced a preliminary
  12. agreement with Microsoft. The deal is supposed to settle an
  13. antitrust investigation about the company's dominant position in
  14. the web browser market. The Commission is also ready to strike
  15. a deal on interoperability. The goal is to allow rival products
  16. to work with Microsoft's applications on the desktop.
  17. </p>
  18. <p>
  19. FSFE commends Commissioner Neelie Kroes and the European
  20. Commission on their effort to bring more competition to the
  21. European software market. Though clearly negotiated under some
  22. time pressure, parts of the agreement are better than Microsoft's
  23. previous proposals.
  24. </p>
  25. <p>
  26. While FSFE's input as a steadfast defender of software freedom
  27. over the past seven years has helped to bring about some
  28. improvements on details of the browser selection screen, the
  29. updated agreement proposed by Microsoft does not address the
  30. legitimate concerns of the Free Software community.
  31. </p>
  32. <p>
  33. Karsten Gerloff, FSFE's President, says: "In its current form,
  34. Microsoft's proposal has many loopholes for the convicted
  35. monopolist to slip through. The lack of a monitoring system leaves
  36. Free Software projects out in the cold. There is no clear
  37. commitment from Microsoft to adhere to web standards in the
  38. future, nor to end the company's habit of adding proprietary
  39. extensions to standards."
  40. </p>
  41. <p>
  42. In order to fend off another possible investigation by the
  43. European Commission, Microsoft is also offering a set of promises
  44. to let rival programs work with some of its desktop applications
  45. such as Outlook and Sharepoint. Yet Free Software projects, which
  46. are often the strongest competitors to the company's offerings,
  47. will not be able to use the patent licence proposed by Microsoft.
  48. </p>
  49. <p>
  50. FSFE's legal counsel Carlo Piana says: "We are disappointed that
  51. major issues for Free Software and other small, innovative players
  52. remain unaddressed. Private enforcement is out of reach for them.
  53. This is a missed opportunity to break new ground in antitrust
  54. enforcement."
  55. </p>
  56. <p>
  57. FSFE will analyse Microsoft's proposed commitment in detail in the
  58. coming weeks and provide feedback to the Commission. Our goal is
  59. to help shape a deal for a sustainable, interoperable and
  60. competitive future.
  61. </p>
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  64. <tag>Policy</tag>
  65. <tag content="European Commission">EuropeanCommission</tag>
  66. <tag>Microsoft</tag>
  67. <tag>Antitrust</tag>
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