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Subject:  Re: GG philosophy question..... Date:  4/12/2000  11:49 PM
Author:  bsturgen Number:  2047 of 8787


lucid dreamer wrote:

I was wondering, with MSFT getting the shaft from the government for being a monopoly, can someone explain to me how Gorillas are able to dominate their market yet avoid the "monopoly" stigma?


simple...

it is not illegal to be a monopoly...

it is illegal to leverage a monopoly in one market space, oh, hypothetically, lets say, umm, desktop operating systems -- then leverage that monopoly into other markets like, oh, say, office productivity suites, back office suites, servers, web browers, media streaming, on-line data/news content, etc.


What is the difference between being the standard of an industry (which keeps competitors at bay) which a gorilla should be, and unfair monopoly practices?


therefore, it is not the market dominance of the gorilla that is being hunted by the mighty doj. it is the aberrant behaviour of a gorilla that leveraged a 95% market share in one market space into a large/monopolistic position in another market space.

iow, msft is not being persecuted by the government because it is a monopoly... it is being persecuted because it unfairly leveraged the monopoly of one product space to acquire a market advantage in another market space. that is the crux of the sherman anti-trust act.

bes


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