South Korea’s Daum files antitrust suit against Microsoft

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  • Tuesday, 13 Apr 2004

SEOUL: Daum Communications Corp, South Korea's largest Internet portal, said it has filed an antitrust suit against Microsoft Corp chief executive officer Steve Ballmer and the company's South Korean unit seeking 10 billion won in damages. 

Daum alleged that the world's largest software maker has damaged its Internet business by selling Windows XP packaged with its instant messenger system in breach of fair competition rules. 

Daum said it filed the suit with a Seoul district court yesterday afternoon. 

“Abusively capitalising on its Windows software monopoly, Microsoft is producing and selling its Windows XP integrated with its instant messenger,” it said in the suit. 

Workers at Daum walk through their office decorated with the company’s logo.

“It's an illegal practice in breach of fair trade rules and, because of this, Daum has had immense damage inflicted on its Internet businesses,” it added. 

Daum chief executive officer Lee Jae-Woong said the company had decided to file the suit “to establish a fair trade environment by correcting Microsoft's practices hurting fair competition”. 

The lawsuit follows Daum's filing of a complaint against Microsoft with the Fair Trade Commission on the same charge on Sept 5, 2001. The fair trade watchdog is still investigating the case, according to Daum. – AFX-Asia 


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