In 2015, the French Court of
Cassation submitted a request for preliminary reference to the Court of
Justice of the European Union in an interesting case about forced
bundling of computers and software. The outcome was long anticipated by
the free software community which has been advocating for a long time
against this practice of computer manufactures and major software
companies. It was seen as a hope of putting an end to the so-called ‘
Windows tax’. With the decision in Deroo-Blanquart, however, these hopes seem to have been dashed.