Microsoft denies RealNetworks charges

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Microsoft denies RealNetworks charges

Microsoft has denied all charges brought against it last year by RealNetworks, arguing that its rival has no right to complain.

RealNetworks sued Microsoft in December alleging that Microsoft illegally used its monopoly powers to control the digital media market. The suit seeks damages of more than $1bn.

RealNetworks accuses Microsoft of engaging in a broad range of predatory practices to protect its operating system monopoly and conquer the digital media space. These tactics include product bundling, restrictive licensing, exclusive dealing, predatory pricing and refusing to sell unbundled operating systems.

Microsoft denied all those charges, adding that the digital media market is competitive and RealNetworks' claims are barred because the company cannot demonstrate any antitrust injury and has not suffered any damages.

Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service


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