CPT's Microsoft Antitrust Page
CPT on Microsoft antitrust issues
- James Love, November 16, 1998, Computer Reseller News,
Great Divide: Too Much Government Or Not Enough?: Call to
split up Microsoft.
- Ralph Nader and James Love, November 9, 1998, in ComputerWorld,
Why Microsoft Must be Stopped. This article was also published
on the CNN web site,
with a quick vote.
- James Love, November 8, 1998 in the San Jose Mercury News,
Microsoft misreads history, message of antitrust laws.
October 19, 1998 CPT statement on Microsoft Trial.
- James Love, Spring 1998,
Microsoft's Overreaching Definition of Operating System
Corporations, Securities, and Antitrust News,
Published by the E. L. Wiegand Practice Groups of
the Federalist Society, Vol. 2, No. 1.
Items on alternative operating systems
- CPT page on
alternative operating systems.
September 4, 1998 letter by Ralph Nader and James Love to
Michael Dell, asking
can we buy 2 PCs with Linux?
- June 17, 1998
Operating Systems and OEMS, from Info-Policy-Notes..
- June 15, 1998 letter by Ralph Nader and James Love to
Joel Klein at Department of Justice regarding
barriers to entry for alternative operating systems.
- June 8, 1998. Ralph and James Love letter to
IBM CEO Louis
V. Gerstner, Jr. telling Mr. Gerstner
"IBM should consider following the Netscape example
and release the source code for OS2, and permit computer users to
modify and freely distribute copies of OS2."
- David Chun, June 3, 1998, survey,
Required to Buy Windows.
- June 8, 1998. Ralph and James Love
Michael Dell, asking that he "reconsider Dell's practices and to fight
for the right for your consumers to make real choices regarding the
software systems they want to run on Dell computers."
This responds to a
May 27, 1998 letter by T.R. Reid,
the Senior Manager of Corporate Public
Relations, to Ralph Nader and James Love, which responded to an
March 9, 1998
letter asking that Dell make it possible for consumers
to have a choice of buying a Dell computer with an operating system other
March 9, 1998, Info-Policy-Notes discussion of
Ralph Nader and CPT letters to six computer
manufacturers asking that they
offer consumers a choice of PC operating systems.
See also copies of the letters to:
April 20, 1998, Ralph Nader and James Love,
Microsoft's Ambitions and Antitrust Policy, Remarks at the April 20,
1998 Cato Institution Policy Forum on Antitrust and Microsoft.
- January 22, 1998, James Love,
Microsoft control over Internet navigation. Addresses issues
relating to Microsoft' Internet Explorer menu structures and search
engine technologies, and implications for content providers.
- January 2, 1998, Ralph Nader and James Love,
"Microsoft Denies Choice,"
guest editorial in
- December 18, 1997,
Remedies for Microsoft anticompetitive practices --
One model is the EC's 1984 IBM Undertaking,
From Info-Policy-Notes. For additional information on
IBM antitrust cases, including the full text of the 1984 EC
- November 24, 1997,
"MS OS and MS Applications - How Leverage Works,"
Info-Policy-Notes. Includes discussion of Jim Allchin memo and
Microsoft licensing of updated copies of COMCTL32.DLL, the "Common
Control" file from the windows operating system.
November 20, 1997, James Packard Love,
"Halting Microsoft's Hegemony," from Intellectualcaptial.com.
- November 1997, Ralph and James Love,
"What to do about Microsoft," from Le Monde Diplomatique.
- October 29, 1997, Ralph Nader,
"The Microsoft Menace: Why I'm leading
a crusade to stop its drive for cyberspace hegemony,"
- Sign-on letter to DOJ concerning Microsoft and
- July 26, 1995, letter to President Bill Clinton, regard the
Microsoft Windows 95 Registration Wizard, published on the web in the
July 31, 1995 issue of TAP-INFO.
- May 22, 1995,
Microsoft & others oppose interoperability in HR 1555, from
TAP-INFO, now known as Info-Policy-notes. This concerns
1995 disputes over interoperability requirements for Cable Set-Top boxes.
- July 20, 1994
"Set-Top" box debate and open interfaces.
- Exchange on wealth disparties. These really don't belong on
the antitrust page, and the links will be moved when we figure
out where to put them. July 27, 1998 letter from Ralph Nader to Bill
wealth disparities, plus Bill Gate's
August 4, 1998 response.
- The US Department of Justice has a
main index for documents from several different antitrust actions
- Microsoft has an
index of legal documents on its
Bristol Technology's web page on its antitrust suit against Microsoft.
Caldera's page on its lawsuit with Microsoft.
- Law Journal Extra's web page of
the LJX files:
in United States v. Microsoft.
ProComp's web page, which includes court transcripts from
the US DOJ/MS trial.
- Particular pleadings
- November 20, 1997, of special note is
DOJ's reply brief, which contains references to Jim Allchin's
December 20, 1996 memo regarding leveraging Windows to promote Microsoft
November 20, 1997, the amicus brief in the MS/DOJ case filed by the
Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA).
- This is the April 27, 1995, US DOJ
complaint to stop Microsoft/Quicken merger.
April 6, 1995,
Gary L. Reback's anonymous amici curiae brief in the 1995 consent degree
- February 14, 1995,
U.S. District Judge Stanley Sporkin's opinion rejecting the proposed
between the Justice Department and Microsoft Corp.
Other Commentary and documents on Microsoft
- January 7, 1999,
Bernard J. Reddy,
David S. Evans, and Albert L. Nichols
Why Does Microsoft Charge so Little for Windows?.
This is a study prepared by N.E.R.A., a consulting firm
that does for hire "expert" testimony. N.E.R.A.
Microsoft claims the copyright on this report.
- October 4, 1998, Andrew Watson,
Predatory Pricing in the Software Industry,
23 Rutgers L. Rec. 1.
October 1998 and January 1999 reports by Consumer Federation
of America and others (MAP and PIRG) on Microsoft.
- The conservative and libertarian
Federalist Society held a conference on
Microsoft on September 23, 1998.
These are the notes from
the proceedings. The Chicago chapter of the
Federalist Society has this site
Who's Afraid of Microsoft: Is the antitrust action
- A Corporate Watch Interview with Noam Chomsky -
Corporate Watch's Anna Couey and Joshua Karliner caught up with Noam
Chomsky by telephone at his home in the Boston area to ask him about
Microsoft and Bill Gates. The following is a
transcript of [their] far ranging conversation.
- February 19, 1998,
"Microsoft and the Browser Wars, Fit To Be Tied,"
Cato Policy Analysis No. 296, by Robert A. Levy. This is a detailed
defense of Microsoft.
- January/February 1998, Rachel Burstein's report in Mother Jones
Microsoft and the Business Software Alliance (BSA). Specifically,
Burstein reports that Microsoft uses evidence collected by BSA about
software piracy to bully companies into switching
to Microsoft's products, often at the expense of BSA's other members.
- November 23, 1997, James Gleick's
"Justice Delayed," first published in the New York Times
- November 13, 1997. Adam D. Thierer's
The Department of Justice's Unjustifiable Inquisition of Microsoft,"
which was timed for release to coincide with Essential Information's
"Appraising Microsoft" conference. Adam Thierer is a fellow at the
Heritage Foundation. Microsoft has been distributing his paper very widely.
It is Microsoft's brief, so to speak.
- November 5, 1995, James Gleick's
Making Microsoft Safe for Capitalism
The New York Times Magazine.
- February 1995,
Technological, Economic and Legal Perspectives Regarding
Microsoft's Business Strategy in Light of the Proposed
Aquisition of Intuit, Inc. , by Gary Reback,
Susan Creighton, David Killam and Neil Nathanson of
Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati.
- Stan Liebowitz, who has been a consultant to Microsoft,
and who has been showcased by Microsoft's PR firms,
has written (or co-authored) a number of
are critical of DOJ's antitrust actions, Gary Reback's white papers, or
Brian Arthur's work on increasing returns. His
personal web page
has links to
three magazine articles of general interest, plus links to
five earlier papers he has written with Steve Margolis on
No, Mr. Bill! The Inside Story of the US Governments' Antitrust Case
Against Microsoft By Wendy Goldman, from Wired.
1994, W. Brian Arthur,
Increasing Returns and Path Dependence in the Economy (Economics,
Cognition, and Society), University of Michigan Press. This isn't a
book about Microsoft, but Brian Arthur's theories regarding increasing
returns have been influential in the Microsoft debate.
Other Web pages about Microsoft
Essential Information's Appraising Microsoft Conference.
Discussion list about Microsoft
There is a very active discussion list on these topics which
grew out of Essential Information's Appraising Microsoft
Conference. The list name is AM-INFO. You can join by
sending a note to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the message:
sub am-info Jane Doe
Of course, substitute your own name for Jane Doe.
Archives of AM-INFO@essential.org are available on the
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