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I think the penalty system is a fair one. The fine was based on what they avoided initially by entering the agreement. The amount of which was based on percentage of profit of the company. To fine MS or Google or Apple the same as a small startup is not fair. The purpose of the potential fine (now real fine since MS violated the agreement) is to deter violations or repeat violations of the law. If the fine was small, MS would continue to violate as a small fine does not deter a big company. Back in 2011 CNN Money estimated that MS were loosing 1 billion a year on Bing, and needed to double market share to break even. The potential to save 1 billion a year is a big incentive to for a company to ignore an agreement. If they were only being fined a couple of million, why stop doing what they are doing.
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There's some deep denial, humbuggery and irony tinged-with-hypocrisy on display here with some of the posts in this thread.
IIRC, these boards were plum full of dismissive posts regarding MS perfidy, unfair treatment of Netscape and frustration with the DOJ's lack of balls and perceived corruption of the US legal system. All posted with a generous helping of schadenfreude.
Now we have apologist posts with EU xenophobia!
Let's be clear. MS endlessly denied, procrastinated, cajoled, flat out lied, lobbied behind the Commission's back, used financial inducements, questioned the integrity and technical ability of the experts and judges... or in short, did everything they possibly could to subvert due process to avoid taking responsible measures to put right, a wrong. Only after two extensions to the time limit to implement the changes and under a threat of further fines - did they finally comply. A later statement from the Commission thanked MS for their efforts but warned MS that any recidivist backtracking on the agreement would incur further fines. The settlement was praised for doing what the US authorities were unable or unwilling - to do.
And yet...here we are again. Despite yet more warnings of the omission, MS decides to test the resolve of the court with a derisory 'technical glitch' excuse.
Hence, another hefty fine.
Then there are those here excusing MS because Google/Facebook is now a bigger threat and the EU should be taking action on that score.
Just how in hell is the EU going to take action against these later threats to internet and personal freedom, to user tracking and data abuse if they let MS off the hook?
How does a US style paper tiger set-up put a stop to large corporations abusing fundamental rights?
Clue...it doesn't.
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