Sammelklage gegen koreanische Regierungsbehörden wegen ActiveX-Zwang

Die Diskussion hat Früchte getragen: statt wie empfohlen zu warten entschieden sich koreanische Internet-User, die kein Windows und oder kein Vista verwenden werden, die Zugänglichkeit der Webseiten einzuklagen. Bei Open Web auf gibts einen informativen Artikel, „Korean Approach to Web Accessibility“. Daraus:

It all started from a brief circular posted at a web forum for Firefox users in Korea. It was pointed out that the government’s decision to run ‘MS optimized’ websites could probably raise Constitutional law issues. While it may not always be easy to put pressure on private website operators to switch to OS-independent, browser-independent webpages, it was argued that there could be legal means to force public bodies to do so.

This sparked a wildfire, as it were. The posting has been visited more than 4,000 times in two days. Such were the accumulated, collective grievances of Linux, Mac, Opera and Firefox users in Korea. The posting can be found here:

Thus a lawsuit against the government is being prepared. We shall seek the following rulings from the court:

1. that it is unlawful for a public body to operate browser-specific or OS-specific websites;
2. that the government’s decision to endorse MS optimized websites and web security applications is in violation of its treaty obligation under GATT/WTO as they create trade barriers to web browsers originating in other member countries of WTO, such as Norway; and
3. that, in view of the market condition and the prevalent web page designing practice in Korea, the government has a duty under Art. 3(1) of the Antitrust and Fair Trade Law and under Art. 4.1 of the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) to adopt and implement appropriate measures to encourage private entities to comply with international standards in internet engineering.

[Danke Niels!]

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  1. Das erinnert doch etwas an die Posse der Videoübertragung von Sitzungen des EU-Rats, die Linux offensiv nicht unterstützen. Zu lesen war da:
    „The live streaming media service of the Council of the European Union can be viewed on Microsoft Windows and Macintosh platforms. We cannot support Linux in a legal way. So the answer is: No support for Linux“.

    Die hierauf gestartete Petition zur Einforderung der Verwendung freier Codecs hat inzwischen fast 18.000 Unterzeichner:

    Ob Korea da der EU in seiner Reaktion voraus ist? Mal sehen.

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