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This paper discusses the definition of an economic monopoly and discusses whether Microsoft fits into this definition. The paper examines the three main facts that seem to indicate that Microsoft enjoys illegal monopoly power in the personal computer and software market and discusses whether anti-trust laws have been broken by Microsoft. The paper then discusses the arguments of the defenders of Microsoft.
From the Paper:"Postrel (1998) notes that both Microsoft and the Justice Department appealed Judge Sporkin's ruling against the Consent Decree. This may seem odd since normally a ruling in favor of one party would be appealed by the other party. In this case, however, both parties wanted the Decree to be admitted, so it became the government and Microsoft fighting the court. The appeals court overturned Judge Sporkin's ruling, arguing that he overstepped his bounds. They felt his desire for additional information and for the proposed decree to be broader was beyond the scope of the Tunney Act, under which a court should only consider matters contained in the proposed consent decree. The appeals court mandated that the Consent Decree be allowed."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Eisenach, Jeffrey. (1999). Competition, Innovation, and the Microsoft Monopoly: Antitrust. New York: Springer.
- Flores, Michele Matassa. (April 19, 1998). "The Crusade Against Microsoft." The Seattle Times.
- Grimaldi, James V. and Greene, Jay. (November 6, 1999). "Microsoft's Tactics Hurt Consumers, Judge Rules." The Seattle Times.
- Hendren, John, and Galvin, Kevin. (April 3, 2000). "Microsoft Violated Antitrust Act, Judge Rules." The Seattle Times.
- Postrel, Virginia. (November 8, 1999). "What Really Scares Microsoft." Reason Magazine. Online. Available: http://www.reason.com/news/show/34473.html. 14 November 2006.
Cite this Term Paper:
Economic Monopolies (2007, December 26) Retrieved May 16, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/economic-monopolies-100360/
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