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I noticed the following inside the Sydney Morning Herald this morning and just found a web pointer to the article.

Bus line sues women for car-pooling

The gist of the article is that these women decided that it was cheaper to car pool than to catch the bus to where they work (40 minutes away). The conditions of travel were also better. The Bus company claims that their car pooling is depriving them of income and is suing on those grounds.

My god.

Can anyone imagine, say, a software monopoly trying to use the courts to ensure their monopoly instead of various questionable tactics, which have landed them in court?

How dare they distibute their software freely1. That hurts our sales! Sue them for anti-competitive behaviour! Somehow I can’t even see that particular monopoly sinking to this kind of low. That needs a little clarification. What I mean is I can’t see them going to court and directly using the argument “This behaviour is taking sales away from us, make them stop.”

1. Insert your definition of “free”.


Written by Alan

July 9, 2005 at 8:34 pm

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  1. It’s not a monopoly doing the suing, but a lawsuit has been filed claiming open source is anti-competitive behavior – see

    Alan Coopersmith

    July 11, 2005 at 11:07 pm

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