Source: EU to raise future Microsoft fines to $3.8 million per day

“The European Commission plans to raise the ceiling of future fines on Microsoft to 3 million euros ($3.8 million) a day if the company continues to defy an antitrust decision, a diplomatic source said on Monday,’ Reuters reports.

“He was speaking as European competition regulators met to discuss the amount of a fine the European Union’s executive arm will impose on the software giant for failing to comply with the 2004 decision that it abused its dominant market position,” Reuters reports. “The Commission declined to comment.”

“This will be the first time the Commission has fined a company for what it sees as defying an order to remedy an abuse. The current ceiling for the fine is 2 million euros a day,” Reuters reports. “The penalty, likely to run into hundreds of millions of euros, comes on top of a record 497 million euro fine the Commission already imposed in its landmark antitrust decision against Microsoft in March 2004.”

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31 Comments

  1. Just in, Microsoft announces European pullout of it’s software.

    Steve Ballme – “We will no longer continue to do buisness in Europe, all our products will be removed and long distance telephone support for the remaining customers will be given.”

    “We absolutly refuse to pay the extortion tax levied upon our world monopoly of operating system software, we absolutly don’t care what Euopeans think of us. This is just a plan by them to push a US company out of the European market.”

    “Enjoy Linux desktop or those Mac’s things, they can’t supply your needs or run all your established Office documents in our proprietory formats.

  2. I’d rather see the EU boycott MS products and turn to Open source, then launch an anti-MS advertising campaign throughout Europe. Yeah, give them hell EU. We won’t bend over like the Bush Administration did!

  3. “has MS paid any of these fines? if not, when will the EU start collecting copies of Windows and Office as illegal substances?”

    they’ll get around to it as soon as they reinstall there windows due to spyware so they can do the paper work lol

  4. Dynamic Mesh – do you honestly believe that MS can afford to pull out of Europe? If you do you’re a fucking idiot, because Europe is a larger market than the USA. Just because the US is too pussy and in bed with corperations to punish MS, doesn’t mean the EU is. MS deserve what they’re getting, and will continue to deserve it until they do something to remedy the situation.

    Any patriotism as MS being a “US” company is completely misplaced. Large companies transcend mere countries. In your own wankfest imagination the US is dominant and everywhere else is unimportant, but trust me this isn’t the truth and big companies know this also.

  5. When will Apple be held responsible for ipods that kill people and batteries that explode? Dell gets a bad rap for one computer out of millions produced while Apple gets a free ride for killing people. Now is the time to call your representatives and tell them you want Apple computer held responsible for their actions!

  6. Microsoft officially announced today a change to their corporate name and branding effective immediately. They are officially embracing Micro$oft, which has been used in forums worldwide for twenty five years now. The original user who first typed the phrase back in 1981 is said to be suing Micro$oft for $3.8 million.

  7. How would one collect such a fine or enforce penalties? Like someone above said, would they demand Winduhz be removed from computers? And what would that do to businesses there? Don’t think it will happen.

  8. The EU talks a big game, but I’ll believe this when I actually see it. MS still hasn’t paid a dime of any of these penalties yet. And what are they going to do to enforce the sanctions if MS continues to drag their feet? Force Microsoft to stop selling software in Europe or what exactly? Again, they like to talk tough, but lets see some real action now to back up your tough talk EU. Talk is cheap…

  9. “This will be the first time the Commission has fined a company for what it sees as defying an order to remedy an abuse. The current ceiling for the fine is 2 million euros a day,” Reuters reports. “The penalty, likely to run into hundreds of millions of euros, comes on top of a record 497 million euro fine the Commission already imposed in its landmark antitrust decision against Microsoft in March 2004.”

    Hmm, the decision came down over 2 years ago now and yet Microsoft still hasn’t actually paid one bit of these fines yet. Doesn’t sound like the EU is being so tough to me when they haven’t yet collected any of the fines at all. I too will believe this when I see it, sounds like a lot of bureaucratic hot air to me.

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