An exciting day in many ways yesterday! The European Court have confirmed the European Commission’s fine on Microsoft for ant-competitive activities. The Guardian have reported it with the head line “European appeal court opens Windows to the world and shakes the superdominant“.
A headline only imagined in the Guardian business section.
Most interestingly they indirectly quote the competition commissioner, Ms Neelie Kroes, as saying that this ruling strengthens the commissions determination to put consumer benefit above innovation. This would be worrying if it wasn’t for the fact that only “Author/Publishers” need copyright/patent protection to inhibit competition. There are many other business models that drive innovation in the economy.
This article at vnunet.com, called “Copyright harms the economy” is further evidence that bit by bit, people recognise that ideas cannot be exclusively owned and that exclusive ownership is not in the public interest.