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- Through a combination of tactics that many people would consider monopolistic Microsoft is now involved in almost every aspect of the computer and computer-related telecommunications markets and is emerging as a major player in Internet commerce and on-line media ventures.
- As this paper is written there is a landmark court case proceeding in Washington in front of a federal judge. This case involves the charging of the Microsoft Corporation for violating antitrust laws set up by the government to preserve market competition.
- Roll the dice and watch the hat bounce from one space to another, as the player assists the hat with the inevitable completion of it s ultimate voyage. The voyage of owning all of the properties, funds, real-estate, and strategically putting all the other players into bankruptcy to finish this challenge of becoming the winner, or monopolist.
- Recently one of the biggest corporations in the United States, Microsoft had to face several ultimatums from the government. The case against Microsoft was brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as several state Attorneys General. Microsoft is accused of using and maintaining monopoly power to gain an unfair advantage in software market.
- Webster s dictionary defines monopoly as exclusive ownership through legal privilege, command of supply, or concerted action; exclusive possession or control; a commodity controlled by one party. In other words, through a variety of means, a producer may obtain sole or near sole control of a market.
- When one hears the word monopoly, most think of it as the board game or as the controlling of a market. Although the game Monopoly is more of an example of what a monopoly is, it is a great example in explaining the definition. The second way people think of a monopoly is its dictionary definition as the exclusive control of a given commodity or service in a given market.
- The potential breakup of the Microsoft Corporation is presently one of the most consuming issues in our society. The government has declared Microsoft a monopoly, and could possibly be broken up into three pieces. This has come as a shock to most everyone, because ?Microsoft Windows? is usually the first thing that pops up on almost everyone?s computer when you first turn it on.
- Hence, is Microsoft a monopoly or not? The range of views extends from the optimists who think that changing technology removes the need for antitrust, to "middle-of-the-roaders" who think that antitrust has always been and still is an important weapon in the government’s arsenal.
- There has been a great deal of focus on anti-trust legislation of late, as it involves most famously, Microsoft. Through the media’s attention to this particular company and the conditions of legislature, we have come to hear a great deal more about anti-trust legislature.
- In the 1920’s and 30’s, Standard Oil became one of the most controlling companies America had ever seen. Under the watchful eye of John Rockefeller, Standard Oil methodically phased out any and all competition. Back then, the government realized what was happening and put into effect the anti-trust law.
- Since 1990, a battle has raged in United States courts between the United States government and the Microsoft Corporation headed by Bill Gates. What is at stake is money. The federal government maintains that Microsoft’s monopolistic practices are harmful to United States citizens, creating higher prices and potentially downgrading software quality, and should therefore be stopped, while Microsoft and its supporters claim that they are not breaking any laws, and are just doing good business.
- The investigation continued on for the next three years without resolve, until Novell, maker of DR-DOS, a competitor of Microsoft?s MS-DOS, filed a complaint with the Competition Directorate of the European Commission in June of 1993.
- Since 1990, a battle has raged in the United States courts between the United States government and the Microsoft Corporation out of Redmond, Washington, headed by Bill Gates. What is at stake is money. The federal government maintains that Microsoft’s monopolistic practices are harmful to United States citizens, creating higher prices and potentially downgrading software quality, and should therefore be stopped, while Microsoft and its supporters claim that they are not braking any laws, and are just practicing good business.
- Let’s face it, in today’s world we are using computers more and more. The growth of accessibility to the Internet has given us a brand new definition to connectivity, thus exponentially widening the wealth of information at our fingertips. Those of us who are computer and Internet users have experienced this rapid growth, yet many users do not understand some the “trade-offs” that have been made to bring this level of user-friendly technology to desk-tops all over the world.
- One example of the ability of the United States government to interfere with the natural progression of the American capitalist society, is the existence of antitrust laws. These laws regulate certain actions of individuals, trusts, corps, and combinations of corps in an attempt to prevent or forcibly end a monopoly (Gilbert 1).
- The Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) has been under investigation since 1990 for alleged antitrust violations. The Department of Justice (DOJ) feels that Microsoft has a monopoly in the field of operating systems (OSs), and that Microsoft has traditionally cemented this monopoly through unlawful exercises of monopoly power.
- The Cold War Throughout the course of the last decades the world has up until recently been embroiled in a philosophical political war period that has been labeled and known as the Cold War. It was the attempt between the two super powers, USA and U.S.
- Piracy is usually determined as a seizure of property (ship, airplane or software) that holds no commission from the owner (?Piracy? 1). It is mostly linked to the dirty, bearded men that sailed the seven seas and robed merchant ships or ships that carried a valuable cargo.
- Because the field of Business Law is so great, this paper will examine a single aspect of Business Law, that of antitrust action. Specifically, as it is applied to Microsoft, antitrust litigation is raising eyebrows in both the legal and business worlds.
- As far as I’ve seen, this entire ordeal is over a FREE browser that Microsoft includes with windows for FREE and gives out on the internet for FREE just as Netscape and most other browser companies do. I have yet to see where Microsoft is charging extraordinary prices for any of these FREE programs nor do I see how Netscape, in using the governments definition, a “monopoly” itself, is “being forced out of business” by Microsoft’s FREE browser.