Feeds

Monti: Courts must rule on MS anti-trust

Europe moves to block DRM ambitions

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

Mario Monti, the outgoing European competition commissioner, has told Microsoft that "the time for settlement has passed" on the anti-trust charges the company faces.

He ruled out further negotiations on the terms of the court order imposed in March. This requires that the company pay a fine of €497m; offer a version of Windows without its Media Player and open its protocols to rivals. The fine has been suspended while Microsoft appealed the decision.

Speaking yesterday in New York Monti said his staff had worked for a settlement, but that it had not been possible to reach terms acceptable to all parties. The final outcome of the case is now something "for the courts to decide", he told Bloomberg.

Judge Bo Vesterdorf heard Microsoft's appeal last week in the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg. He will issue his judgment within two months.

In a separate action, the European Commission is investigating the software giant's proposed acquisition of DRM (Digital Rights Management) firm ContentGuard.

ContentGuard, founded by Xerox with the financial support of Microsoft, holds several key DRM patents, which it says cover all rights-expression markup languages. This claim has not been tested in court, but if it were upheld, ContentGuard would effectively own DRM.

The EC is concerned that if Microsoft is allowed to buy the company, it will have too strong a hold on the DRM market, Wired reports. The commission will make announce its decision on 6 Jan, 2005. ®

Related stories

Big guns board Intertrust DRM bandwagon
Ghost of US vs MS laments Redmond's 'antitrust immunity'
MS EC appeal kicks off
MS has Media Player - less Windows, just in case...

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications

More from The Register

next story
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?
Nokia and marketing types first to get the bullet, says report
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS
Google is only now fixing ancient, energy-sapping bug
Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises
iOS/2 gear loaded with apps for big biz ... uh oh BlackBerry
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.