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Microsoft says it already responded to EU antitrust complaints

[JURIST] [JURIST Europe] Microsoft [corporate website] responded Wednesday to European Commission (EC) [official website] complaints of non-compliance [JURIST report] with orders from a 2004 EC antitrust ruling to produce technical data by insisting in a 75-page report that the EC had ignored significant evidence [Microsoft press release] relating to the release of source code material. The software giant accuses the EC of contributing to the problems by not clearly stating its "requirements and concerns" and by not reviewing previous documents submitted by Microsoft. Microsoft also provided the EC with two independent expert reports purported to have examined Microsoft's technical documentation.

Microsoft continues to face daily fines of up to €2 million ($2.38 million US) daily. The EC ruled in 2004 that Microsoft was abusing its dominant position in the computer industry and ordered it to share its source code with other software developers. The software company was fined a record €497 million ($613 million US). BBC News has more.

Angela Onikepe is an Associate Editor for JURIST Europe, reporting European legal news from a European perspective. She is based in the UK.

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