John Perry Barlow
the IP Magazine on the Web Website:
JOE SIMS is a partner at Jones, Day, Reavis
& Pogue in Washington, D.C. Before joining Jones, Day
in 1978, Mr. Sims held a variety of positions at the U.S.
Department of Justice's Antitrust Division, including deputy
assistant attorney general for policy planning and legislation
and deputy assistant attorney general for regulated industries
and foreign commerce.
EXCHANGE: DOES ANTITRUST LAW COMPUTE?
IP Magazine on the Web online discussion among five
distinguished practitioners on how (or even if) government
can regulate anticompetitive practices in the digital age:
"Since at least 1989, antitrust
regulators at the Justice Department and the Federal Trade
Commission have pursued Microsoft Corp., with mixed results.
On Dec. 11, Washington, D.C., U.S. District Judge Thomas
Penfield Jackson issued an order temporarily restraining
Microsoft from requiring computer makers that sell Windows95
with their systems to also include Internet Explorer, Microsoft's
Web browser. The federal enforcement efforts raise a number
of questions about the ability of antitrust law to adapt
to the unfamiliar and fast-changing conditions of commerce
in the computer age. A panel of experts recently
States v. Microsoft Corp. and the future of antitrust
law on Counsel Connect, an online affiliate of THE RECORDER. What follows
is an excerpt from that discussion, reprinted with permission
of the participants.