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There has been a great deal of focus on anti-trust legislation of late as it involves most famously Microsoft Through the medias attention to this particular company and the conditions of legislature we have come to hear a great deal more about anti-trust legislature The purpose of this paper is to analyze antitrust laws in relation to the well-known Microsoft antitrust case The thesis of this paper is that Microsoft is a monopoly in the field of PC operating system and has abused its monopoly power In order to have a complete comprehension of the case I think it is helpful to provide some background information about the nature of monopoly the history of antitrust laws as well as its intent and its role today It was during the late 1870s that the railroad industry was quickly becoming a monopoly Through this monopoly the railroad industry was gaining a substantial amount of power revenue as well as land As they began to flex their industrial might society become aware of the potential problems associated with monopolies Fearing that their businesses would be affected an organization of farmers known as the Grangers began to push for legislative action Millunzi So what is monopoly There are two kinds of monopoly One is natural monopoly which is subject to regulation by the government Such monopoly is desirable in our society Because of extensive economies of scale it would be inefficient to have several firms in an industry such as the utility or the telephone industry The other type is unregulated monopoly The monopolists have considerable control over product price because they are the only producers in the market You get their products at their price or you get nothing Fortunately The US has laws to protect the consumers On July 2 1890 the Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act which states Every person who shall monopolize or attempt to monopolize or combine or conspire with any other person
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