This is funny:

Milke-Rowe-Soft
Posted on 2004-01-19 12:50:45 by donkey
omg... retarded m$-lawyers oO
Posted on 2004-01-19 13:30:57 by Tola
LOL :grin:
Posted on 2004-01-19 14:58:03 by Odyssey
mmm 10$ ..

they coul almost give some free software license.. huahua

Really at m$ tehy don't have nothig better to do...
Posted on 2004-01-20 01:39:24 by Bit7
wonder how this ends...
Posted on 2004-01-20 02:01:43 by Ranma_at
a brilliant step to demant the 10,000$
i'd not stop until i get em, hehe :P
Posted on 2004-01-20 04:25:29 by hartyl
LOL

wonder why they bother to sue him
Posted on 2004-01-20 05:50:06 by HeLLoWorld
This is a stupidity made by Microsoft.
What do you think about the Eolas case?
Isn't that another stupidity?
Posted on 2004-01-20 08:51:49 by Eternal Idol Birmingham
MS has to respond. "Microsoft" is a registered trademark by the Microsoft Corporation, they have to prove they take any possible means to protect their registered terms or they expire and fall into public domain (this is kind of an 'on the edge' problem, but it could be seen as non-enforcement if they didn't *respond* to it). They just handled it badly I think. They just should have offered a few k$ for the agreement that he'd never use his name in any such similar fashion and the kid would've done it no doubt, without fuss.
Posted on 2004-01-20 09:21:24 by Hiroshimator
MS is being retarded. He can easily cost them thousands in legal fees to take him to court. IMHO, the guy has every right to use his own name unless they can prove that he was named with wrongful intent.
Posted on 2004-01-20 09:29:37 by bitRAKE
pssst http://www.myecrewsoft.com/ isn't registered yet!!! :grin:



p.s. wow! it's been a long time since I departed from the programming world(since last july). And I'm back again! :grin:
Posted on 2004-01-20 13:56:08 by arkane
Posted on 2004-01-20 14:48:27 by donkey
Originally posted by Hiroshimator
They just should have offered a few k$ for the agreement that he'd never use his name in any such similar fashion and the kid would've done it no doubt, without fuss.

The problem is that this would mean -anyone- can earn a couple thousand $ by creating a name like this. Have you looked at the kid's site? It's nothing but rubbish, but it has a paypal link... It's quite possible he's just playing stupid but in the end he'll be the only one who has won something, while Microsoft will again be regarded as the bad guys. I don't want to directly accuse anyone, but whereever there is money, people will try to get near to it...
Posted on 2004-01-20 14:49:58 by C0D1F1ED
Microsoft's latest stance, it doesn't look like the big bad wolf to me:

The flood of support for Rowe apparently had made Microsoft soften their stance, saying that they were simply trying to protect their trademark.

"We take our trademark seriously, but in this case maybe a little too seriously," the company said in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon.

"That said, we appreciate that Mike Rowe is a young entrepreneur who came up with a creative domain name. We are currently in the process of resolving this matter in a way that will be fair to him and satisfy our obligations under trademark law."
Posted on 2004-01-20 14:51:13 by donkey
What if my hobby is teaching crows to race, you know, like they do with pigeons. My site could be:

MyCrowSwift.com

:grin: :grin: :grin:
Posted on 2004-01-20 15:15:48 by S/390
Reminds me of a family business in...where was it...Virginia? The family name was Saks.
Posted on 2004-01-20 16:03:36 by tenkey

Reminds me of a family business in...where was it...Virginia? The family name was Saks.


Were they on 5th Avenue ?
Posted on 2004-01-20 17:26:16 by donkey
Nope. For some reason, I keep thinking it was a hardware store. They were as surprised as everyone else by the big company lawyers.
Posted on 2004-01-20 18:22:40 by tenkey
Just an excuse for M$ lawyers to keep up their jobs.
Posted on 2004-01-20 23:22:29 by Xanatose


The problem is that this would mean -anyone- can earn a couple thousand $ by creating a name like this. Have you looked at the kid's site? It's nothing but rubbish, but it has a paypal link... It's quite possible he's just playing stupid but in the end he'll be the only one who has won something, while Microsoft will again be regarded as the bad guys. I don't want to directly accuse anyone, but whereever there is money, people will try to get near to it...


that's the price you pay for the priviledge of exclusive use over a name and phonetic simili. MS doesn't own his name, they don't own the word 'soft' either.
Posted on 2004-01-21 05:26:41 by Hiroshimator