said by nitzan:
Point is- variety in an industry is good, so artificial forces that prevent variety are bad.
This is very true.
The same reason that the US and the European Union have gone after Microsoft.
In the short term, the fact that Microsoft had (and pushed) a free browser was good for consumers.
In the long term, it discouraged innovation. MS saturating the market with a free browser killed off better ones such as Netscape.
Now thanks to some sacrifice (such as by the Mozilla folks) we have a competitive browser market again.
Of course the big competitor now is (ironically) Google Chrome, but that's OK, it took Mothra to fight Godzilla....