Yes, Judge Jackson still hates Microsoft

Former U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson came out of quasi-retirement on Tuesday to savage Microsoft yet again (apparently he didn't do it enough while actually on the bench). Here's our coverage.

Our article irked Jim Prendergast, executive director of Americans for Technology Leadership, one of those suspiciously well-funded groups that popped up during the Microsoft trial and is now apparently mothballed until Bill Gates & co are sued again.

Prendergast sent us this in e-mail:

Despite Judge Jackson's attempt to rewrite history, the tech industry, consumers and the economy are much better off thanks to the decision by the Court of Appeals to overturn his draconian breakup remedy. The reversal of his self-described "creative" decision ultimately led to a carefully crafted and consumer friendly settlement that would promote innovation by still allowing for vigorous competition among companies without the specter of government designed software.

Jackson's claim that nothing has changed in the industry could not be further from the truth. It is ironic that Jackson made these remarks only a few weeks after Firefox announced that it had reached 50 million downloads of its browser. Add to that, the emergence of Apple's Safari browser and the resurgence of Netscape and other signs of vitality in the industry. The evidence is clear that the technology industry is dynamic and competitive. While the marketplace continues to outsmart government regulators, it is somewhat frightening to think that outdated assumptions about the industry almost led to the federal government forcibly splitting Microsoft in half and dictating how the industry should operate.

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Declan McCullagh is the chief political correspondent for CNET. You can e-mail him or follow him on Twitter as declanm. Declan previously was a reporter for Time and the Washington bureau chief for Wired and wrote the Taking Liberties section and Other People's Money column for CBS News' Web site.

 

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