So now we have the European Union regulators fining Microsoft for non-compliance with certain laws. They most likely did indeed break these Ã¢â¬Ålaws,Ã¢â¬Â (hard to tell though with arbitrary language such as Ã¢â¬Åreasonable royaltiesÃ¢â¬Â) however, are these laws and their reasoning just?
Somehow, Microsoft has managed to Ã¢â¬ÅoverchargeÃ¢â¬Â for patent use. So then what is the right price? In reality, there is no moral or legal Ã¢â¬Åcorrect priceÃ¢â¬Â - a price is merely a scientific measurement of where supply meets available demand. Microsoft can charge $4.5 million dollars a second for patent use, or it can give them away for two peanuts and some lint - either is morally neutral.
March 4, 2008