Anti-trust Action and Microsoft
Examines the government's against Microsoft. Overview of monopolies, legal history, rationale for government intervention and the computer industry.
# 14201 | 2,700 words | 8 sources | 1999 |
Published on Feb 07, 2003 in Business (Companies) , Business (Industries) , Law (Company) , Law (Historic Trials) , Computer and Technology (General) , Public Administration (General)
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From the Paper:"Introduction
Most Americans have only a rudimentary understanding of monopolies, but they associate monopolies with "bad" companies. While it is true that monopolies can exercise a considerable amount of market power, it is also true that there are few true monopolies in the American economy; the threat of additional competition makes it difficult to sustain a monopoly for a long period of time. In recent years, the computer industry has been the target of several anti-trust actions by the government. The first of these concerned a hardware manufacturer, IBM, in which the manufacturer eventually prevailed, but only after a costly legal battle which spanned decades. Currently, Microsoft, a leading manufacturer of operating systems and applications for the microcomputer, finds itself battling anti-trust actions and facing a long legal battle ..."
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