The Un-Microsoft Un-Remedy: Law Can Prevent the Problem That It Can't Patch Later

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dc.contributor.author Zittrain, Jonathan L.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-05T19:30:54Z
dc.date.issued 1999
dc.identifier.citation Jonathan Zittrain, The Un-Microsoft Un-Remedy: Law Can Prevent the Problem That It Can't Patch Later, 31 Conn. L. Rev. 1361 (1999) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0010-6151 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:9696324
dc.description.abstract Microsoft has brilliantly exploited its current control of the personal computer operating system (OS) market to grant itself advantages towards controlling tomorrow's operating system market as well. This is made possible by the control Microsoft has asserted over user "defaults," a power Microsoft possesses thanks to a combination of (1) Windows' high market share, (2) the "network effects" that make switching to an alternative so difficult for any given consumer or computer manufacturer, and (3) software copyright, which largely prevents competitors from generating software that defeats network effects. The author suggests a much-reduced term of copyright for computer software--from 95 years to around five years--as a means of preventing antitrust problems before they arise. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Connecticut Law Review Association, University of Connecticut School of Law en_US
dc.relation.hasversion http://papers.ssrn.com.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=174110 en_US
dc.relation.hasversion http://www.cyber.law.harvard.edu/zittrainmsdoj.pdf en_US
dash.license OAP
dc.title The Un-Microsoft Un-Remedy: Law Can Prevent the Problem That It Can't Patch Later en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.relation.journal Connecticut Law Review en_US
dash.depositing.author Zittrain, Jonathan L.
dc.date.available 2012-10-05T19:30:54Z

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