Smoking gun? Excerpt from deposition of Netscape chairman James Clark

July 22, 1998.Q: Okay. Early in the life of Netscape as a company, you decided to give away Web browsing software for free in order to establish a market presence; is that correct?

July 22, 1998.

Q: Okay. Early in the life of Netscape as a company, you decided to give away Web browsing software for free in order to establish a market presence; is that correct?

Clark: Not really. I decided to give it away free because Bill Gates had told me he was going to give it away free -- before we released our first beta. Bill Gates specifically told me he was going to give away the Web browser in the operating system, and this was before we released our first beta, and I felt like we would have to in order to survive against Microsoft.

Q: Okay. When did Mr. Gates tell you that?

Clark: At a conference in Washington DC, roughly October -- beginning of October of 1994, end of September, beginning of October, called the Network Economy Conference. He told me and a e group, the whole group, the whole audience, that he intended to do that.

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