Extracts from the press conference by Neelie Kroes, on the penalty payment required from Microsoft

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-056577   Duration: 10:21:47  Lieu:
End production: 27/02/2008   First transmission: 27/02/2008
Neelie Kroes, Member of the EC in charge of Competition, gave a press conference on the penalty payment required from Microsoft. The European Commission has imposed this penalty payment of 899 million euro on Microsoft for non-compliance with its obligations under the Commission's March 2004 Decision. This decision finds that Microsoft had charged unreasonable prices for access to interface documentation for work group servers. The 2004 Decision, which was upheld by the Court of First Instance in September 2007, found that Microsoft had abused its dominant position and required Microsoft to disclose interface documentation which would allow non-Microsoft work group servers to achieve full interoperability with Windows PCs and servers at a reasonable price.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:18:20 Title 00:00:04
10:18:25 External view of the European Commission building 00:00:05
10:18:30 Arrival of Neelie Kroes, Member of the EC in charge of Competition, in the press room (2 shots) 00:00:10
10:18:40 Neelie Kroes saying (in ENGLISH) that Microsoft charged unreasonable prices for access to indispensable interoperability information; that Microsoft continued to abuse its powerful market position after the Commission's March 2004 decision requiring it to change its practices; that Microsoft continued to stifle innovation by charging other companies prohibitive royalty rates for the essential information they needed to offer software products to computer users around the world. 00:00:48
10:19:28 Cutaway of journalists attending the press conference 00:00:05
10:19:33 Neelie Kroes saying (in ENGLISH) that charging such an unreasonable price effectively rendered the offer of the information pointless; Microsoft behavior did not just harm a few individuals or a handful of big companies, directly and indirectly it had negative effects on million of offices in companies and governments around the world. 00:00:32
10:20:05 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:20:11 Neelie Kroes saying (in ENGLISH) that there are lessons that she hopes Microsoft, and any other company contemplating similar illegal action, will learn; that talk is cheap, flouting the rules is expensive; that they don't want talk and promises, they want compliance! 00:00:28
10:20:39 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:20:45 Neelie Kroes saying (in ENGLISH) that the Commission's fine is a reasonable response to a series of quite unreasonable actions; that Microsoft has gone from insisting on charging a 2.98% royalty for non-patented interoperability information to charging a flat flee of 10.000 ¯ for the same information. 00:00:32
10:21:17 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:21:23 Neelie Kroes saying (in ENGLISH) that it's not her job to tell people or companies what to buy; that it is her job to ensure they have a choice about what they can buy; that competition policy is about making sure that people and companies have the right to choose. 00:00:24
10:21:47 Neelie Kroes leaving the press room (2 shots) 00:00:12
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