Microsoft's attempts to gain access to two authors' taped interviews with Netscape executives have been rejected by a US federal judge.
The Redmond-based software giant had hoped interviews conducted by the authors of the book, 'Competing in Internet Time: Lessons from Netscape and its Battle with Microsoft', would help it in its antitrust case with the US Department of Justice by revealing errors committed by Netscape executives.
Microsoft claims these would prove that Netscape's own ineptitude was to blame for its misfortunes, not anti-competitive actions on its own part.
However, the book's authors, David Yoffie of Harvard University, and Michael Cusumano of MIT, had argued the interviews had been conducted on a confidential basis. Boston federal judge Richard Stearns agreed, and refused to allow Microsoft access.
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