Aftermarketfailure: Windows XP's End of Support
8 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2014 Last revised: 21 Apr 2014
Date Written: April 6, 2014
After 12 years, support for Windows XP ended on April 8, 2014. Microsoft Windows XP’s end of support, combined with a collective action failure stemming from individual users’ failure to realize or internalize the costs of failing to migrate or upgrade their operating systems, could be catastrophic. The attached essay briefly sketches out the argument for why software monopolists should be legally required to help other companies provide ongoing support for their products. First, it describes the conceptual and economic theories that would support such a requirement. Second, it describes the conflicting law governing the intersection between intellectual property and antitrust. Third, it exhorts Microsoft to extend the support clock, release its sourcecode, or make clear to the world that should anyone else wish to take on the task of providing future security support for Windows XP, Microsoft will help them to do so.
Keywords: intellectual property, property, competition law, antitrust, software, computers, copyright, patent
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By Andrew Tutt