Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the following statement in regard to the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg's decision in the matter of the European Commission vs. Microsoft:
Today's decision by the Court of First Instance in Luxembourg in the Microsoft matter is great news for innovation and consumer choice, both in Europe and around the world. The Court has confirmed that competition law prevents a monopolist from simply using its control of the market to lock in customers and stifle new competitors, said Matthew Szulik, Chairman and CEO of Red Hat.
In our business interoperability information is critically important and cannot simply be withheld to exclude all competition. Given Red Hat's firm belief that competition, not questionable patent and trade secret claims, drives innovation and creates greater consumer value, we we were pleased with the overall decision and look forward to examining the decision in greater detail. Red Hat would like to congratulate the European Commission, and particularly Commissioner Neelie Kroes and her services, for their persistence and courage in bringing this matter to a successful result.
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