Software 'competition principles' set

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In what could be a blow to Microsoft Corp., the Software Publishers Association today issued a set of "competition principles" saying the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission have a role in ensuring marketplace competition and should ensure operating systems designers don't abuse their power. "Competition for the valuable virtual real estate" of a computer screen should occur in distribution, the group said. It said an operating system vendor should not be allowed to show its products on the desktop in a manner that rivals can't match.

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