[ffii] Share your operating system bundling tales with the EU

Office FFII e.V. office at ffii.org
Thu Apr 14 14:00:37 CEST 2011

[ Europe / Software / Consumer ]
 Share your operating system bundling tales with the EU
Berlin / Paris, April 14th 2011 -- FFII and AFUL ask consumers affected by
operating system bundling or businesses involved in bundling to provide
their evidence to the European Competition authority.

"My choice is Debian GNU/Linux", explains FFII Vice president Rene Mages.
"Why have I been compelled to pay and erase Windows 7 at purchase time?"

The European Commission admits it was aware of the difficulties
encountered by consumers who want to purchase a PC with a non-Microsoft
operating system or without any operating system at all. But they also say
they lack evidence suggesting that this is the result of practices in
violation of EU competition rules.

"We want to crowdsource the collection of evidence", says AFUL's President
Laurent Séguin. "If the EU finds anticompetitive agreements that foreclose
competition or abuse a dominant position on the relevant market, that
would be a magic bullet."

 Commission contact

Submission Form: Information on competition problems affecting consumers


Answered Written Question from MEP Jens Rohde (ALDE) to the Commission:
'The preinstallation of Microsoft Windows'

Article 102 on the Functioning of the European Union

Related FFII press releases:

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FFII Office
Malmöer Str. 6
D-10439 Berlin
Fax Service: +49-721-509663769
office at ffii.org

Laurent Séguin,
Président de l'AFUL Paris,
+33 (0)6 63 94 87 16
laurent.seguin at aful.org

Alain Coulais,
Racketiciel workgroup AFUL Paris,
+33 (0)6 20 61 43 66
alain.coulais at aful.org

Benjamin Henrion
FFII Brussels
+32-484-56 61 09 (mobile)
bhenrion at ffii.org

 About FFII

The FFII is a not-for-profit association registered in twenty European
countries, dedicated to the development of information goods for the
public benefit, based on copyright, free competition, open standards. More
than 1000 members, 3,500 companies and 100,000 supporters have entrusted
the FFII to act as their voice in public policy questions concerning
exclusion rights (intellectual property) in data processing.


 About AFUL

The French speaking Linux and Libre Software Users' Association (AFUL)
aims  to promote libre software and open standards usage. AFUL is a 
non-profit association that gathers users, professionals, companies and 
other organizations based in more than a dozen French-speaking countries 
and regions (France, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec, French-speaking 
African countries, etc.).

A recognized voice, AFUL is present in many exhibitions, conferences and
meetings. In particular, it has an active role against OS bundled sales 
(Workgroup against bundled sales, racketiciel.info petition, comparative
computer vendor list bons-vendeurs-ordinateurs.info), in favor of
interoperability (AFNOR member, participation to Interoperability and
accessibility Referentials by DGME, formats-ouverts.org website, etc.), as
well as on issues concerning Author Copyrights.


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