03.23.08

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Recollections a Year After Comes vs Microsoft

Posted in America, Antitrust, Courtroom, Microsoft at 3:01 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

A reader has asked us to make a mention and a clarification about Comes vs Microsoft, of which we hold a very partial exhibits archive (stored as plain text).

The reader asks:


Would it be possible to request a nutshell summary of what Comes vs Microsoft was about and the outcome? I’d like to point people to this page but would like to not have to explain the case each time myself.

http://boycottnovell.com/comes-iowa-trial-exhibits/


“The Web site containing court exhibits went down as a result, but copies of it had been made and then shared through BitTorrent.”We have made slight modifications to the page, thanks to this reader’s suggestion. Many articles were published about that at the time. Groklaw covered this also. The case took a long trip into the past and dug up Microsoft’s ‘greatest hits’. It strives to show that Microsoft had overcharged Iowans by choosing to be predatory and by breaking the rules.

Microsoft settled the case very quickly. The Web site containing court exhibits went down as a result, but copies of it had been made and then shared through BitTorrent. In relation to this, our reader tells us:


Yes. I was just starting to use the web site. I presume shutting down the web site was part of the “settlement”.

…but to be clear, the site went down a long time ago. But at the time I was just starting to use it. IIRC one of the other settlements (vs Caldera?) required that court records be destroyed.


Also related to this:

The trial may be over, but large piles of documents are still available for exploration.

Ways people can help include OCRing of the scanned PDFs. Optimally, all exhibits should be stored online as plain text, preferably with commentary that adds context and explains how one exhibit relates to another.

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