Judge Reinstates Java Injunction

The trial judge in the Sun-Microsoft Java lawsuit has reinstated a key injunction based on claims of "unfair competition" by Sun. The injunction requires Microsoft to support some features of Sun's version of Java and to warn developers when they use proprietary features in Microsoft's version. The injunction's reinstatement has no immediate impact—Microsoft says it has already complied and will continue to do so. However, the ruling highlights legal issues that could create trouble for Microsoft, particularly if it loses the separate Department of Justice (DoJ) antitrust suit.

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