The Register: Judge uses verdict to torpedo MS appeal chancesApr 04, 2000, 20:22 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)
"Immediately after the judge's verdict yesterday Microsoft said it would appeal. Said Bill Gates: "While we did everything we could to settle this case, and will continue to look for new opportunities to resolve it, we believe that we have a strong case on appeal." But how strong is it? In his Conclusions of Law Judge Jackson spends some considerable time on Microsoft's case, and does his best to torpedo it."
"Microsoft's most recent pitches have been based on its interpretation of the copyright protection it has for Windows. This case is however comprehensively blown out of the water in the judge's Conclusions, and yesterday Gates was instead stressing that "the Appeals Court has already affirmed Microsoft's right to build Internet capabilities into the Windows operating system to benefit consumers.""
"As the case will almost certainly end up in the Supreme Court, aside from trying to undermine Microsoft's preferred appeals strategy, Jackson is putting up big signposts for the Supreme Court itself. It will surely have trouble disagreeing with itself, right?"