Microsoft Files Defense in Real Networks Case
In another anti-trust lawsuit against it, Microsoft files its formal denial to allegations that it has prevented competition in the market for digital media.Microsoft Corp. on Friday filed its formal response to RealNetworks Inc.s anti-trust lawsuit against it, denying allegations that it is impeding competition in the digital media market. In the "Answers and Defenses" filing in federal court in San Jose, Calif., Microsoft defended its business practices, asserting that competition is vigorous between Microsoft and RealNetworks. RealNetworks alleges in the lawsuit it filed in December that Microsoft illegally used its monopoly power to restrict competition and consumer choice in the digital-media space by forcing its Windows Media player on Windows users. Part of Real Networks case is based on business conduct similar to what U.S. courts have declared illegal in other Microsoft antitrust cases, such as failure to disclose interface information and placing restrictions on PC manufacturers.
Microsoft responded to RealNetworks accusations in the filing, a required step in the court process. Microsoft asserted, among other things, that it provides extensive information to software developers like Real Networks about the Windows operating system and that it provides methods for OEMs and end users to configure their systems so that only other media players such as RealNetworks are visible.