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Is the FSF engaged in predatory business practices?

Author:Seth Gordon
Posted:8/25/2000; 11:05:08 AM
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Msg #:20222 (In response to 20197)
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Legally the restriction on predatory practice is only true if the business acting in a predatory fashion is a monopoly.
Actually, it's still illegal if the business is trying to become a monopoly, and if there's a "dangerous probability" that the attempt will succeed. (See the judge's verdict in the Microsoft case, citing Spectrum Sports Inc. v. McQuillan, 506 US 447, 456.

Nevertheless, does the FSF's license for GCC constitute "predation", in the antitrust sense? Consider:

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