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November 2, 2005

S. Korean comment on Microsoft pullout

Posted by David Hunter at 7:18 AM ET.


“We regret that Microsoft, which serves more than 20 million customers in South Korea, has officially mentioned that it could pull out from the country when regulators are probing the issue on a fair legal basis,” the information ministry said.

“We believe Microsoft, as a global company, should take its responsibility for its customers and companies in relation to its business.”

The KFTC began its probe in 2001 when South Korean Internet portal Daum Communications Corp. alleged Microsoft’s bundling of the operating system with other services broke antitrust rules. It widened the probe following a similar complaint from RealNetworks in 2004.

A ruling by the commission could come at any time.

“Our review on the Microsoft case has been finalised and we are trying to reach an agreement, which may or may not come today,” a KFTC spokesman said by telephone.

Filed under Antitrust, Governmental Relations, Legal

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