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DesktopLinux: Software Contracts: Antitrust Tying and Computer Hardware Manufacturers

Jan 07, 2003, 07:00 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Walt Pennington)

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"Manufacturers are forbidden by Antitrust Law to compel consumers to buy unwanted operating systems...

"At the outset, consumers should realize that manufacturers are forbidden by law to compel their customers to purchase an unwanted operating system as a prerequisite to buying a computer. This is because antitrust law makes illegal a practice known as 'tying.' Findlaw.com defines tying as 'an arrangement or agreement in which a seller will sell a product to a buyer only if the buyer will also buy another product...'"

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