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Washington Post: 'Antitrust' the Movie; Hollywood's Thinly Veiled Take on Microsoft

Jan 08, 2001, 15:20 (15 Talkback[s])
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"The MGM press packet is careful not to name names. It's just coincidence that Robbins is dressed to look like a familiar billionaire CEO. Just coincidence that when the studios picked a model for the sets that they "wanted to capture the look and feel of the wired world on the campus of a powerhouse Pacific Northwest software company." Hmmm. Which one would that be? RealNetworks?"

"What does Microsoft think about the new movie? "We deeply resent this unfair personal attack," said Microsoft spokeswoman Ginny Terzano, "against Steve Case."

"While Case, America Online's chief, could not be reached for comment, apparently others in the software industry had some fun with this movie too: Microsoft nemesis Scott McNealy, chief executive of Sun Microsystems, appears in the film giving an award to a software programmer. And Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, the open-source code operating system, provided technical advice. A major theme of the movie supports the largely anti-Microsoft open-source code movement that Torvalds personifies."

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