If Everyone's Using Your Pirated Software, Are You Still A Monopolist?

from the questions-questions-questions dept

Apparently there’s a new antitrust law in China that has local software companies scrambling to file suit against Microsoft for violating the law. However, Business Week has a rather pertinent question: if the vast majority of the Microsoft software in use in China is of the “pirated” variety, can Microsoft actually be held responsible for antitrust violations? After all, it’s not directly responsible for that “monopoly” in the first place.

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John Duncan Yoyo (profile) says:

Ok they are suing M$ for being ubiquitous through rampant piracy and some sales.

I guess this kinda makes sense if you are trying to sell your own operating system or web browser and the competition is as good as giving their wares away to achieve a kinda of market domination. They got sued by the EU for something like that.

I suspect that the Chinese government will make this issue go away.

Mike (profile) says:

Re: WHAT??

Um. There’s a huge difference between a factual statement, noting that much of the software in use in China is pirated, and making a stereotype about “all” of anything.

I made no stereotyped comment about the Chinese. I merely pointed out that *if* so much software in China is pirated, as is established fact (not all, but much of it), then does that raise questions about the antitrust claim.

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