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[ba-ohs-talk] Tunney Act and the Microsoft case

Got this link from slashdot.org this morning.
The issue is that the Tunney Act says there is a window for comment about the case and that window is about to close.  According to comments at slashdot, either folks start commenting, or MS will have an easy ride.

I plan to take enough time to suggest that the file specifications for all MS products be made public domain and always updated.  It's my thought that the ability to duplicate files made by MS products is the proper way to to break the stranglehold, given that this would allow competitive products to safely claim MS compatibility.

Here are the suggestions from the page above:

The easy way to do the 'right' thing
Open an email window to microsoft.atr@usdoj.gov (with a subject of 'Microsoft Settlement').
Read through some of the many comprehensive resources on this case and the Tunney Act proceedings:
              Dan Kegel's excellent collection of resources (mirror is       here).
Pick your favorite problem with the proposed judgement. One is fine; hopefully a lot of people will be doing this.
Compose a simple, polite, email describing the problem and how you feel about it.
Send the email, and if you like, bcc (important do not cc) us at tunney@codeweavers.com.
[Optional, but nice] Print your letter out (maybe reformat it a little), and mail it to:

Renata B. Hesse
Antitrust Division
U.S. Department of Justice
601 D Street NW
Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20530-0001
The truly easy way to at least add your voice
Send email to microsoft.atr@usdoj.gov (with a subject of 'Microsoft Settlement') saying that you think the proposed settlement is bad idea (type only 3 words, if you must). What counts is the number of complaints.
Send email to petition@kegel.com indicating that you will stand as a co signer of Dan Kegel's comments. Please give your city, state, title, and affiliation.
Send it now.
The comment period closes Monday morning (the 28th).
By the time you think to come back to this page, it will be too late.