From Janis Kracht@1:2320/38 to All on Thu Nov 1 05:03:26 2001
I'm forwarding a copy of a message I received today here, and I'm urging all US
programmers to contact their State governors/Attorney Generals.
Thanks so much,
Date: 01 Nov 2001 12:12:49 -0500
From: Rick Ross <email@example.com>
Subject: Urge the States not to accept a weak settlement!
Major news outlets are reporting that the US Department of Justice and Microsoft have reached tentative agreement on a settlement to the government's high-profile antitrust case. In effect, it appears that Microsoft is about to walk away with a slap on the wrist.
The wild card in the settlement may be the 18 States who are also prosecuting the case, and there are signs that the States want more appropriately stringent
remedies as part of any settlement.
I urge you to call or write your State Governor and Attorney General to ask them to hold a staunch line and not to give in to the pressure to settle. I have included links below to help you easily find the various Governors and Attorneys General.
Microsoft has used its monopoly illegally to harm the Java technology we support, so we know first-hand what the problem is. We, the community of Java developers, have felt the stinging impact of Microsoft's illegal behavior. Its consequences in the future may be even more severe if this weak legal precedent
Your State leaders may not understand the full dimension of the issues, and they need to hear from concerned individuals like you that effective, continuing prosecution of the case can and will make a difference.
It may not be too late, so please act now. Our voices may not be sufficient to change the final outcome at this stage, but if we do nothing then they definitely will not.