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Re: [tlug] PC vendors.
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- Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 10:55:56 +0900
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"Erwan Loisant" <email@example.com> wrote: > I have a legal question, The first thing you need to know is that laws don't mean much in Japan. Bureaucratic rules have far more force. When a law happens to serve a bureaucrat's needs then the bureaucrat will be perfectly willing to use the law, but otherwise the bureaucrat ignores the law. Also 99% of the time judges are subservient to bureaucrats. On rare occasions when a judge upholds a law, it's newsworthy. The second thing you need to know is that money often speaks louder than any other inclinations a bureaucrat might have, the same as in many other countries. The third thing you need to know is that Microsoft has a lot of money. Japan has some antitrust laws and has occasionally applied them against makers of electronic equipment other than computers. I don't know if anyone knows why the laws were applied in such cases. But it's pretty obvious why they haven't been applied in cases involving computers. > In France, it is hard to buy a blank machine from famous PC manufacturers > (DELL, Compaq...), usually you must buy ms windows with. Same here. If you demonstrate your disagreement with Microsoft's assertion of a licence agreement, and if you demand a refund for Microsoft's OS, then the maker demands that you return the machine along with the OS. Some stores make no-brand machines without tying OSes. I've never seen this option on famous brand machines though. > However, forcing to > sell a product with an other is illegal in France. > I would like to know if the law in Japan is the same, I think it is, but the law doesn't matter here. > and if it is easy to buy a blank PC from these companies and > especially from DELL which is the leader. According to newspaper reports a few months ago, even in the US, which used to enforce some antitrust laws, Dell stopped offering machines with Linux.
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