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Microsoft to comply with South Korea antitrust sanctions pending appeal

[JURIST] Microsoft [corporate website; JURIST news archive] has said that it will comply with sanctions imposed by the South Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) [official website] after the Seoul High Court rejected a request by Microsoft to stay the penalties while Microsoft appeals the KFTC ruling [JURIST report; Microsoft press release] in the Seoul High Court. Tuesday's rejection of Microsoft's stay request has no bearing on the pending appeal.

The KFTC in May rejected an appeal [JURIST report] of its antitrust decision against Microsoft. The regulatory panel found last December that Microsoft had abused its dominant market position [JURIST report; KFTC findings, PDF] by bundling its media viewer and instant-messaging software with its Windows operating system. The KFTC fined Microsoft the equivalent of $34 million and ordered it to provide consumers a version of Windows without the bundled software. AP has more.

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