Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
LG X Venture Smartphone Will is Built for Adventure
HP Debuts New Premium PC Portfolio Taking On Microsoft's Surface Models
U.S. Remains the Top Market for VR, Followed by Japan
JDI's Electronic Paper Backplane Enables Creation of 600ppi ePaper Displays
Samsung to Showcase 'Stretchable' OLED, Glasses-free 3D OLED At SID 2017
WikiLeaks Says 'Athena' CIA Spying Program Targets All Versions of Windows
Holograms Could be the Future of Near-eye Displays
Samsung Chromebook Pro Available on May 28 For $550
Active Discussions
Which of these DVD media are the best, most durable?
How to back up a PS2 DL game
Copy a protected DVD?
roxio issues with xp pro
Help make DVDInfoPro better with dvdinfomantis!!!
menu making
Optiarc AD-7260S review
cdrw trouble
 Home > News > Optical Storage > RealNet...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Friday, December 19, 2003
RealNetworks sues Microsoft over Media Player


RealNetworks said on Thursday it is suing longtime rival Microsoft accusing the software powerhouse of unfairly promoting its own software for playing audio and video on computers and over the Internet.

In an antitrust complaint filed in federal court in San Jose, California, RealNetworks claimed that Microsoft "pursued a broad course of predatory conduct over a period of years by abusing its monopoly power, resulting in substantial lost revenue and business for RealNetworks." RealNetworks is seeking more than a billion dollars in damages and unspecified injunctive relief measures. Microsoft rejected RealNetworks claims, saying that there was "vibrant competition" in the digital media player marketplace and that it would respond forcefully to RealNetworks' allegations in court.

"Real(Networks) claims to be the No. 1 provider of digital media solutions, with massive distribution of its software and more than 1 million player downloads a week," said Microsoft spokesman Jim Desler, "Thus, this is a case where a leading firm is seeking to use the antitrust laws to protect and increase its marketplace share and to limit the competition it must face."

Seattle-based RealNetworks said that its lawsuit was complementary to an ongoing European Commission investigation into Microsoft's activity involving media-playing software and that it was cooperating with the EC.

European Union regulators are wrapping up a five-year probe to determine whether Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft used its monopoly position to boost its share of the media player market. RealNetworks has testified in recent EC hearings.

The two companies, based in the Seattle area, have met frequently in courtrooms over the last five years.

Glaser, a former Microsoft executive, founded RealNetworks nearly a decade ago to sell software that allows users to listen to audio and video content on their personal computers.

The two companies were once on good terms, with Microsoft making a $30 million investment in RealNetworks in 1997, but the relationship turned sour after Glaser testified against Microsoft in the U.S. government's antitrust case.

In Thursday's filing, RealNetworks said Microsoft used its monopoly power, which was recognized by the U.S. courts, to force "every Windows user to take Microsoft's media player, whether they want it or not."

RealNetworks, which has been branching out into online content subscription services, sells its media player as a downloadable software product or with a monthly subscription.

RealNetworks said its complaint that Microsoft went from having no presence in the streaming media business in 1997 to surpassing RealNetworks' digital media player market and usage in the United States in 2002.

Bob Kimball, RealNetworks' vice president and general counsel, said his legal team chose to file its suit in San Jose, California, the heart of Silicon Valley where most of Microsoft's competitors are based, because many of the witnesses are nearby.


Previous
Next
Ahead releases hotfix for Recode 2        All News        Ahead releases hotfix for Recode 2
Ahead releases hotfix for Recode 2     Optical Storage News      Ahead releases hotfix for Recode 2

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
BUILD 2017: Microsoft Announces New Tools and Services to Help Developers Build More Intelligent Apps
Microsoft's Nadella Hints On A Possible Surface Phone
Microsoft Cloud Strength Highlights Third Quarter Results
Microsoft Says U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Requests Doubled
Microsoft Announces Patent License Agreement with Toyota
Adobe, Microsoft To Offer Solutions That Share Sales Data
Microsoft and Steelcase Present Concepts For The Future Workplace
Microsoft's Outlook.com Premium Emal Service Now Available
Microsoft To Give A Face Lifting To Windows 10 With 'Project NEON'
Microsoft Edge Will Soon Get New Features
Cloud Services Boost Microsoft's Sales And Profit
Microsoft Announces Intune for Education And New Windows 10 PCs for School

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2017 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .