Re: POL: Reaction to Microsoft Ruling

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Thu Apr 13 2000 - 22:40:03 MDT

>From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>
>Charlie Stross wrote:
> >
> > 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.

No, I don't expect any European court to attempt to arrest Gates. And even
if they did, I don't see the US granting extradition of its richest (and
arguably most powerful) citizen to some Euros to man-handle how they please.
  My only point in this thread was that MS would not be able to cure its
anti-trust problems in the US by picking up stakes and moving to another


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