RE: what if microsoft disobeyed the breakup?

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Fri Jun 09 2000 - 17:01:32 MDT

> If I'm Microsoft, I can tell Dell to ship a copy of Office with every PC
> or I'll decline to license them my OS and put them out of business.

If you're Dell, and you freely chose to build your business model around
a piece of software made by someone else who could put you out of business
by not licensing it to you, you /deserve/ to go out of business.

You can't have it both ways--you seem to think that it's OK to make
yourself dependent on someone else, then cry foul when they take
advantage of it.

> If I'm IBM and I don't like something your startup is doing, I can do a
> search on my patent database, find a couple of dozen you could plausibly
> be violating, and - right or wrong - bankrupt you in court.

Patents are government force, though you're right that I would hold IBM
morally responsible for using it. But again, presumably the people seem
to think patents are a good idea, but you don't want IBM to take advantage
of the power you've given them.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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