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Are ‘Closed Systems’ an Antitrust Problem?


Hanno F. Kaiser


Latham & Watkins LLP; University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

March 10, 2011

Competition Policy International, Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 2011

Abstract:     
Closed computer systems have come under attack as harmful to freedom, innovation, and competition. Open computer systems, in contrast, are said to promote such values. This article assesses the specific claim that closed systems, compared to open systems, are inherently anticompetitive. It concludes that competition policy arguments against closed systems are at best inconclusive and that closed systems should not be put in an antitrust suspect class.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: antitrust, competition law, systems competition, monopolization, aftermarkets, innovation, open systems, closed systems, vertical integration

JEL Classification: L40, L41

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Date posted: May 23, 2011  

Suggested Citation

Kaiser, Hanno F., Are ‘Closed Systems’ an Antitrust Problem? (March 10, 2011). Competition Policy International, Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1844944

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Hanno F. Kaiser (Contact Author)
Latham & Watkins LLP ( email )
505 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law
215 Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States
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