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> 1. Italy: High Court shoots down Windows tax (press at fsfeurope.org)
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> Subject: [FSFE PR][EN] Italy: High Court shoots down Windows tax
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> = Italy: High Court shoots down Windows tax =
> [ Read online: https://fsfe.org/news/2014/news-20140912-01.en.html ]
> Italy's High Court has struck a blow to the practice of forcing non-free
> software on buyers of PCs and laptops. According to La Repubblica,
> the court ruled on Thursday that a laptop buyer was entitled to receive
> a refund for the price of the Microsoft Windows license on his computer.
> The judges sharply criticised the practice of selling PCs only together
> with a non-free operating system as "a commercial policy of forced
> distribution". The court slammed this this practice as "monopolistic in
> tendency". It also highlighted that the practice of bundling means that
> end users are forced into using additional non-free applications due to
> compatibility and interoperability issues, whether they wanted these
> programs or not
> "This decision is both welcome and long overdue", said Karsten
> Gerloff, President of the Free Software Foundation Europe. "No
> vendor should be allowed to cram non-free software down the throats
> of users."
> Free Software Foundation Europe has been long been fighting the "Windows
> tax", as the involuntary payment to Microsoft is often called. The
> organisation maintains a wiki page with advice for consumers who want
> to avoid funding the development of non-free software, and accounts from
> people who have returned the licenses they were forced to buy.
> In response to the ruling, the Italian authorities should discourage the
> bundling of software and hardware, and take practical steps to ensure
> that consumers can really exercise their freedom of choice. Governments
> around Europe should take the same steps, and encourage consumers
> everywhere to install and use Free Software.
> "This practice of forced distribution needs to end," says Gerloff.
> "We hope that the Italian authorities will turn this ruling into a
> real win for consumers, and ensure that computer buyers can choose
> their device with any operating system they want, or none."
> The number of the ruling is 19161 / 2014.
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> 2. https://wiki.fsfe.org/WindowsTaxRefund
> 3. http://fsfe.org/about/basics/freesoftware.en.html
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