[thelist] Business practices and Anti-Trust

Paola Kathuria paola at limitless.co.uk
Sun Mar 18 15:45:03 CST 2001

aardvark wrote:
> > From: zac <zac at pixelgeek.com>
> >
> > > The bad news is that you can't discuss it in forums like this. Under
> > > the current laws in the US this is Anti-Trust, which is illegal and
> > > carries severe penalties.
> >
> > This fallacy keeps cropping up and I keep wondering why as its total
> > rubbish. Please check your facts before you continue to propagate this
> > type of nonsense.
> have you got anything to say, definitively, that this is not the case?

Well, I'm looking into it now.  I know a fair bit about
copyright law but have not come into direct contact with US
anti-trust law before.

I'll send collated references after I poke around a bit more but
price-fixing seems to only refer to competing sellers (that is,
agreements made by different companies bidding for the same
piece of work).  I don't see how that applies to my reply to

It *would* apply if someone reading this list was bidding for
the same work and agreed with Marcelo on their prices (even
though they'd be seemingly competing).

See http://www.tlmi.com/Members/anti_trust.html#IIIB

Now I'm bemused and wondering what the boundaries are.  Last
year Revolution magazine published a directory of web site
companies in the UK.  Each entry included a typical quote for
web sites.  Would that be considered anti-trust in the US?  Or
when magazines publish the price a company paid for a web site
- is that anti-trust?

Paola, still poking around

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