DOJ Moves To Open Microsoft Case Records

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-02-21 Print this article Print

The Department of Justice proposed to provide copies of the public comment made regarding its proposed settlement in the antitrust case against Microsoft on free CD-ROMs.

Anyone who wants a copy of the of the comprehensive public comments made under the Tunney Act proceedings, which formed part of the proposed antitrust settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and Microsoft Corp. , may be able to get one for free if the if the U.S. District Court in Washington accepts that proposal from the Justice Department. The Department on Thursday said it would be able to afford to distribute CD-ROM versions of the public comments made under the Tunney Act proceedings at no cost.
In a motion filed with the court, the Department said the "CD-ROM(s) will permit access to the comments using the unique identifier numbers or, separately, using a list of substantive issues raised by the comments, and will be text searchable within each comment or group of comments.
"The United States will provide free of charge one copy of this CD-ROM or set of CD-ROMs to each individual person and five copies to each library or other institution that requests it. The United States will provide, at cost, additional copies above these limits to individuals or institutions upon request," it said in the motion. The Department also asked Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to allow it to withdraw its prior proposal to develop a separate mechanism to distribute free CD-ROMs of the comments to public libraries in every state and to provide copies of the CD-ROM or set of CD-ROMs at cost and replace that with this proposal. The latest proposal "combined with the other procedures in the United States previous proposal, particularly the posting of comments on the Internet … will ensure an unprecedented level and ease of public access to the Tunney Act comments without the massive and unnecessary expenditure of millions of dollars that would be required for full publication in the Federal Register. The substituted procedure would further accomplish the Courts original goal of ensuring that anyone who wanted to review the comments but did not have access to the Internet or the means to buy an electronic copy of the comments would now be able to obtain them at no charge, the Justice Department said.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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