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By Ryan Naraine  |  Posted 2004-12-22 Print this article Print

Stewart said RealNetworks will play close attention to Microsofts compliance before making business decisions on the server side.

He also made it clear that Wednesdays news would have no bearing on RealNetworks antitrust lawsuit filed more than a year ago accusing Microsoft of illegally using its monopoly power to restrict competition and consumer choice in the digital-media space.

"Our lawsuit in the U.S. affects a broad range of predatory conduct. It deals with the bundling of the server with the operating system, predatory pricing and a broad range of exclusionary conduct," Stewart said.

Click here to read more about Reals antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft. Microsofts recent moves to shell out billions of dollars to settle a range of antitrust and intellectual property lawsuits has prompted speculation that settlement talks with RealNetworks are on the agenda.

"Were continuing to pursue our case. We dont comment about any litigation or discussions beyond what is publicly available," he said.

The nonprofit Computer & Communications Industry Association, which received a financial incentive from Microsoft to pull out of the EU litigation against Microsoft, said Wednesdays order "could have a profound impact over time on the quality and choices available to consumers around the world."

"CCIA is pleased that the Court denied Microsofts request for a stay of the judgment. This is a huge vindication for the EU Commission, and particularly the Competition Directorate, and a victory for consumer choice," CCIA chief executive Ed Black said in a statement.

Black also defended the associations decision to pull out of the case. "While no longer a participant in the case, CCIA stands by its filings and submissions over the years and believes that CCIAs involvement played a major role in helping to achieve a ruling that meaningfully addresses a few of the competition problems resulting from Microsofts behavior," Black said.

"[Our withdrawal] was designed and timed so as to not undermine the strong case brought by Commission, and buttressed by CCIA and others in presentations to the Court. This ruling demonstrates both that our submissions and presentations were valuable and our withdrawal at the conclusion of the proceedings was, as intended, non-consequential," he added.

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