Microsoft faces RealNetworks anti-trust suit

RealNetworks is going after Microsoft with an anti-trust suit worth an even billion dollars.
In the suit, filed in federal court in San Jose, Calif., RealNetworks alleges that Microsoft has "pursued a broad course of predatory conduct over a period of years...resulting in substantial lost revenue and business for RealNetworks."

The complaint adds that Microsoft has wielded its "monopoly power to restrict how PC makers install competing media players while forcing every Windows user to take Microsoft's media player, whether they want it or not."

Microsoft has already been penalized for illegal abuses of its monopoly power, so RealNetworks should have a strong case. However, many feel that Microsoft only got a slap on the wrist for its previous offenses; there's no guarantee that Microsoft will face stiffer punishment if it's found guilty this time around.

While it seems that just about everyone enjoys taking shots at Microsoft, it will be interesting to see what kind of support RealNetworks gets from the press and IT community. In the past, Real's player has been accused of spying on its users, and developed a reputation for being ad-infested and bloated—not quite the attributes of an underdog everyone may want to rally around.

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