Court Asked to Modify Final Judgement Against Microsoft

Microsoft and the Department of Justice have formally requested that the final judgment issued in the U.S. antitrust litigation against the software giant be modified.

The proposed changes will reflect the two-year extension of the provisions related to Microsoft’s licensing program for communications protocols in the Windows desktop operating system.

A joint motion in this regard was submitted on Aug. 30 in the latest of a series of Joint Status Reports to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, who issued the final consent decree in 2002.

The original judgment was set to expire in the fall of 2007 and will now expire in the fall of 2009 if this latest motion is approved.

In addition, the motion states that the Department of Justice can request a further three-year extension, until November 12, 2012, with Microsoft agreeing not to oppose any such request.

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