EU To Force Microsoft To Share License Data For Free

Law360, New York (April 5, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Microsoft Corp., currently facing antitrust charges in the European Union, may be forced by EU regulators to surrender licensing communications codes for its Windows operating system to rivals at little or no cost.

A confidential statement of objections from the European Commission showed that Microsoft might only be allowed to charge a small fraction of the royalties it is demanding from other software makers, the Financial Times said on Wednesday.

The Financial Times said that, according to calculations by E.C. technical expert Neil Barrett, rivals would...
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