HP France in trouble due to alleged monopolist behavior
Saturday, December 16, 2006
In France and abroad, the corporation commonly bundles its PCs with Microsoft's Windows operating system, without giving the consumer the choice of an alternative operating system, such as the 'free' operating system GNU/Linux.
Union Fédérale des Consommateurs-Que Choisir, a French consumer group, along with two French retailers, sued HP, alleging that it was violating a French law that prohibits linking the functionality of a product to another product. The group insisted:
The legal affairs director of HP France responded by stating that a PC without Microsoft Windows is not a product because it does not work.
In the meantime, Microsoft is in trouble in Europe due to the anti-trust laws of the European Union. On July 12, 2006, EU announced a 280.5 million euro fine against Microsoft and threatened new penalties of 3 million euros ($3.82 million) a day beginning July 31.
- "Ordinateur et logiciels : tu ne lieras point! [Computer and software: you will not bind!]" — , December 14, 2006
- Jeremy Kirk. "French consumer group files complaints against HP" — , December 15, 2006
- "Key dates in the European Union's antitrust proceedings against Microsoft" — , July 12, 2006