RealNetworks Charges Microsoft With Predatory Practices
'Emboldened by its reception before the European Commission in
Brussels last month, RealNetworks is to sue Microsoft for alleged
"We believe our business would be substantially larger today if
Microsoft were playing by the rules," said Real's founder and former
Microsoft executive Rob Glaser in a statement.
Real will seek more than $1 billion in damages, and expects the
litigation to cost $12 million and take three years to
complete. However, since the company is seeking "injunctive relief",
an early decision could come sooner rather than later. Real's annual
revenue is around $200 million, based on its most recent earnings.
The suit, filed in a San Jose court, alleges that Microsoft used its
OEM contracts to block distribution of the Real Player, and with held
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