Every time I think about this hideous outcome, my blood pressure ratchets up a notch or two.
Adobe's corporate monopoly is complete. ALL HAIL ADOBE! FreeHand is dead. The FTC's stipulations regarding Adobe's buyout of Macromedia are nothing more than a silly, sad, pointless joke.
"Free FreeHand Corp. v. Adobe Systems Inc., No. 11-CV-02174-LHK (Feb. 10, 2012) (Koh, J.). Judge Koh refused to dismiss the bulk of an antitrust complaint Against Adobe Systems relating to its acquisition of FreeHand, a professional vector graphic illustration software. Although Adobe signed an FTC consent order in 1994 requiring it to divest itself of FreeHand after it acquired Aldus, that provision expired in 2005, whereupon Adobe acquired FreeHand by purchasing Macromedia. The plaintiffs alleged a “monopoly broth” of post-merger anti-competitive conduct, including (1) alleged charging of monopoly prices, (2) discontinuing support for and development of FreeHand, (3) bundling of Adobe’s Illustrator product with other Adobe products, and (4) declining to release FreeHand’s source code to the open source community. Although the court determined that declining to release the source code could not be considered as part of the overall effect of Adobe’s alleged anticompetitive conduct, it allowed the other allegations to stand."
I repeat: F*CK ADOBE.
Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.
"Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere."