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South Korea's antitrust watchdog said yesterday that it would continue to investigate allegations that Microsoft Corp engaged in unfair trade practices, despite the software giant's settlement of a case with a US rival.

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission issued a statement saying it is "investigating this case for the sake of consumer protection and national economic development. Therefore, RealNetworks' dropping of its complaint won't affect the FTC's investigation at all."

Regulators widened the investigation last year after RealNetworks filed a complaint to the commission alleging Microsoft was undermining competition in the market by tying its Media Player and Media Server software to Windows.
Microsoft's remaining opponents in the EU legal case also say that a settlement between the software giant and RealNetworks resolving their antitrust disputes will not deter the EU from proceeding.

The settlement will be "completely irrelevant," EU spokesman Jonathan Todd said.

"We will continue to ensure full and complete compliance with the March 2004 decision. The role of the commission is to ensure the proper application of EU competition law for the benefit of consumers and companies in Europe," Todd said.

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