Originally Posted by epic1337
wait, so now its illegal to distribute software for free to the point that you get anti-trust lawsuits?
Well, yes. If you put it for free and control most of the market, and by doing so you prevent competition.
That is what MS did with IE when they had to pay. Not that it made any difference whatsoever. The fines are just EU's way to to get funding for other things.
They need X billions to fund some project? They go fine a big company and there you go, funding.
Originally Posted by LancerVI
Charge more, but only in EU countries.
That is exactly what they are doing.
In the article they state that they will charge to smartphones that are going into the european market.
So phones in the EU are going to cost even more than they already are compared to china or US.
Though this is going to be interesting what OEMs are going to do. Will we see a bloom of crappy bloated adware browsers replacing chrome, or will OEMs just transfer that fee into EU going phones?