Friday, October 21, 2005

Microsoft's Anonymous Lawyers

Don't trust anonymous sources when it comes to anti-trust: Microsoft tried it again and by contract "told manufacturers of iPod-like portable audio devices that they were not allowed to distribute rivals' music player software, but then pulled back after one company protested." There's a lot of outside amazement and little mea culpa about this good old Microsoft muscle flexing, except from some anonymous lawyer:
The disputed contracts were drafts sent to manufacturers before Microsoft's lawyers reviewed them, said one lawyer familiar with details of the incident. This lawyer spoke on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to make public statements about the antitrust case.
Since when does Microsoft sent out drafts without legal review? This sounds like either a major glitch or authorized PR. I bet it's a twosome: anonymity and authorization.

The more interesting question is in how Microsoft seems to try to get at its rival by playing the trust card on software, where its the hardware (iPod) that's the killer. Any anonymous sources on this one?


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