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Subject: Re: [oiic-formation-discuss] Standards and Antitrust
This time I am speaking as OASIS's lawyer, and Rob is 100 percent right here. Just as there are restrictions on creating a monopoly, there are restrictions on creating boycotts. The Allied Tube case that Paul likes to cite is a leading case in this category. In that case, the traditional metallic tube vendors sought to keep plastic tubing out of their standards, in order to maintain their dominence.
Paul has overstated many things about antitrust laws, but here is one that you should take to heart: Thou Shalt Not Create Any Standard (or other Deliverable) that is targeted to exclude a single vendor (whether it be Microsoft, or Red Hat, or IBM, or whoever). Compete with a standard one of them is promoting, yes - that's competition. Exclude them, no.
The best way to stay on the right side of the law is never to advise any action against any single vendor, or allied vendors, by name. Suggestions should always be justifiable by being the right decision for the marketplace, in general and directly. "Increasing competition on the desktop" is fine, in contrast to "Tucking it to Microsoft.". It's important to understand the difference.
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