Saturday, September 23, 2006

When innovation is replaced by shady politics.

Is it just me, or do European countries (as well as the EU at times) seem to utilize their laws and fines as a way to skim off the top of the succesful US tech companies?

Beating MS over the head was a little nasty, but they were glad to do it and would do it again in a second it if allowed them to penalize the worlds largest OS company.

Along with that, the game that has played out in Belgium. Here are several shots that the politicians over there have taken at Google of late:

Google / Beglium News fiasco - Google sued by publishers... which wasn't so bad in itself, but the judge required that Google past the judgement on their google.be web site. Now, that would rather ruin their minimalist appeal wouldn't it? Read the article though, it is quite funny and points to the hypocrisy of some of these people.

http://www.ogleearth.com/ - Angry at Google for images it considers should be secure.

So whats the deal? Do this many lawsuits take place against Inter-European countries, with fines as stiff as have been offered to US companies? Or is the EU trying another method to subsidize their companies?

Microsoft's record fines.

Thank you mommy may I have another?

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