DailyTech reported last week
that Microsoft is not complying with the European Union's (EU) wishes
in regards to an ongoing antitrust battle. Microsoft and the EU have been butting
heads since the March 2004 antitrust ruling.
Microsoft has been asked to hand over documentation to its
competitors detailing the inner workings of its software applications or face
daily $2.6 million USD fines. A report from Reuters
today states that the EU plans to raise
the cap on daily fines to $3.8 million USD:
The penalty, likely to
run into hundreds of millions of euros, comes on top of a record 497 million
euro fine the Commission already imposed in its landmark antitrust decision
against Microsoft in March 2004. It signals the Commission's determination to
force Microsoft to obey its decision as well as a loss of patience after the
company has had two years to comply and has used every available legal avenue
to spin out the process.
Microsoft has shown no signs of backing down from its
position to not divulge what it sees as its prized intellectual property.
Microsoft has also stated that every change that it has made to comply with the
ruling has met with more roadblocks from the EU.