December 19, 2003

RealNetworks files antitrust suit against Microsoft

Streaming media provider RealNetworks on Thursday sued Microsoft on antitrust charges, accusing the software giant of illegally using its Windows
monopoly to limit consumer choice in digital media.

The suit, filed in federal court in San Jose, Calif., alleges that Microsoft has "pursued a broad course of predatory conduct over a period of
years...resulting in substantial lost revenue and business for RealNetworks," according to a statement from RealNetworks.

The lawsuit alleges that Microsoft has wielded its "monopoly power to restrict how PC makers install competing media players while forcing every
Windows user to take Microsoft's media player, whether they want it or not."


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