Re: POL: Reaction to Microsoft Ruling

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Fri Apr 14 2000 - 23:14:14 MDT

>From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>
>Charlie Stross wrote:
> >
> > On Tue, Apr 11, 2000 at 09:46:29PM -0400, Michael S. Lorrey wrote:
> > >
> > > Literally by your intepretation, yes, however the US has never brought
> > > an anti-trust suit against a foreign company. Considering the weight
> > > corporate systems like the keiretsu, etc. as monopolistic enterprises,
> >
> > Out of curiosity, have any of the keiretsu ever achieved a monopoly
> > position in the USA?
> >
> > As I understand it, anti-trust law is applied within a nation-state by
> > that nation-state's government, with respect to the market within that
> > state's jurisdiction. A company can be nailed in a specific country
> > under anti-trust statutes even if it is based elsewhere -- but its
> > external headquarters is probably immune to direct action; all it loses
> > is access to that market, or a hefty fine and/or regulation if it wants
> > to continue trading there.
> >
>My point exactly, but you and Zero seem to think that some european
>court is gonna issue an arrest warrant to the FFL to apprehend Bill
>Gates from his pad in Medina and that the US Gov't is just gonna sit
>idly by and let this shit go on.

I don't imagine the Euros will attempt to incarcerate Gates. Even if they
did there's no way the US is going to extradite its richest and most
powerful civilian to be man-handled by a bunch of fer'ners. My only point
was just that MS would not be able to resolve its US anti-trust woes by
picking up stakes and leaving the country.


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