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[16PacRimLPolyJ0375] The Korea Fair Trade Commission's Decision on Microsoft's Tying Practice: The Second-Best Remedy for Harmed Competitors

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dc.contributor.author Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal
dc.contributor.author Kim, Sejin
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-03T19:07:50Z
dc.date.available 2011-02-03T19:07:50Z
dc.date.issued 2007-03
dc.identifier.citation 16 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 375 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1066-8632
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/593
dc.description.abstract Abstract: In the spring of 2006, the Korea Fair Trade Commission (“KFTC”) imposed a fine of approximately thirty-one million dollars and a cease-and-desist order against Microsoft Corporation (“Microsoft”) for bundling its Windows Media Service (“WMS”), Windows Media Player (“WMP”), and Windows Messenger (“WM”) into its personal computer operating system “Windows.” Specifically, the KFTC ordered Microsoft to completely separate WMS from Windows and provide two different versions of Windows: one bundled with WMP and WM and the other without these two programs. It is also noteworthy that the KFTC required Microsoft to include the “Media/Messenger Centre” in the bundled version to help users download competing media players and instant messengers. Yet, the KFTC’s requirement still seems imperfect because most end-users become wedded to Microsoft’s application programs to which they are exposed first. Instead, the KFTC could have imposed a “must-carry” obligation which requires installation of other competing media players and messaging programs as the default in Windows. Among various remedial options available, the must-carry requirement against Microsoft could be the most effective way to give Windows users fully equal access to competing products. But many practical difficulties, such as increased costs due to potential legal and economic problems exist in providing such equal accessibility through the must-carry option. Thus, the KFTC’s “Media/Messenger Center” requirement, which is expected to create similar (but still not equal) accessibility as the must-carry obligation, was an appropriate alternative as the next best option for the KFTC. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle: Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Comment en_US
dc.subject Translation en_US
dc.title [16PacRimLPolyJ0375] The Korea Fair Trade Commission's Decision on Microsoft's Tying Practice: The Second-Best Remedy for Harmed Competitors en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright 2007 by Pacific Rim Law & Policy Association en_US

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