RealNetworks Says Targeted by Microsoft as Threat

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Internet video and audio pioneer RealNetworks Inc. accused Microsoft Corp. in court on Wednesday of seeking to restrict its products because they posed a threat to the software giant's Windows operating system monopoly.

RealNetworks Vice President David Richards, in written testimony to U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, said that as recently as August 2001 a senior Microsoft executive had confirmed that RealNetworks was seen as a threat.

Richards central charge against Microsoft survived even though portions of his testimony and exhibits were struck down by the judge who has repeatedly cautioned the states for introducing new allegations of wrongdoing.

Microsoft counterpunched during Richards' cross examination, seeking to show that, despite its complaints, RealNetworks was still dominating media-playing software.

News source: Yahoo! News

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