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Seattle Times: States want Microsoft to auction off Windows coding

Mar 28, 1999, 18:26 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James V. Grimaldi)

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"To blunt Microsoft's alleged anticompetitive behavior, the Redmond software corporation should be forced to auction off one of its most valuable possessions: the secret blueprints for the Windows operating system, antitrust prosecutors from 19 states have determined."

"The far-reaching proposal is among the remedies 19 states are suggesting should Microsoft lose the historic antitrust lawsuit brought by U.S. Department of Justice and the states."

"After the Windows auction, the intellectual property rights would be transferred to possibly two or three companies. Microsoft would be permitted to market and further develop its own version of Windows..."

"Other options under consideration include forcing Microsoft to make its source code public..."

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