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microsoft is sueing this website http://www.mikerowesoft.com for using a name that sounds like its own, even though the owner is called Mike Rowe. and the website has nothing to do with microsoft or anything that it does, so it is not cashing in on the name.

i think this is totally crazy.... what next? multinational corporations copyrighting names and surnames?
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microsoft is sueing this website http://www.mikerowesoft.com for using a name that sounds like its own, even though the owner is called Mike Rowe. and the website has nothing to do with microsoft or anything that it does, so it is not cashing in on the name.

i think this is totally crazy.... what next? multinational corporations copyrighting names and surnames?
microsoft has a history of slash and burn when it comes to rival companies. either buy them out, or if they dont acept, sink their business though competition or legal action. (they have some VERY expensive lawyers, lol)
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microsoft is sueing this website http://www.mikerowesoft.com for using a name that sounds like its own, even though the owner is called Mike Rowe. and the website has nothing to do with microsoft or anything that it does, so it is not cashing in on the name.

i think this is totally crazy.... what next? multinational corporations copyrighting names and surnames?

Hehe. That'll teach him for having a funny name.
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microsoft has a history of slash and burn when it comes to rival companies. either buy them out, or if they dont acept, sink their business though competition or legal action. (they have some VERY expensive lawyers, lol)
he he - just noticed ure sig.

i think it's stupid too. hope they lose and can't sue him. idiots
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he he - just noticed ure sig.

i think it's stupid too. hope they lose and can't sue him. idiots
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microsoft has a history of slash and burn when it comes to rival companies. either buy them out, or if they dont acept, sink their business though competition or legal action. (they have some VERY expensive lawyers, lol)
but it's not a rival business, it's just a student who does a bit of website design, a bit like amazingtrade, and who just happens to be coincidentally called mike rowe. and microsoft are suing him for having that name.
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I heard on the radio they sent him some 25 page letter after the initial notification that he was 'breaching' copyright law which offered to buy the name of his website for $10.....how lame is that???

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but it's not a rival business, it's just a student who does a bit of website design, a bit like amazingtrade, and who just happens to be coincidentally called mike rowe. and microsoft are suing him for having that name.
well they can't sue someone for having a name it's sooooooooo stupid. it's their fault for calling their company microsoft, sounding like mike rowe. they should have called it billgatesoft then would be no problem.
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if he called his website michaelrowesoft.com there wouldn't be a problem. of course it sounds a bit lame though
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(Original post by elpaw)
but it's not a rival business, it's just a student who does a bit of website design, a bit like amazingtrade, and who just happens to be coincidentally called mike rowe. and microsoft are suing him for having that name.
It is a business. that'll probably be his downfall, since it can be argued that he used the name in order to mislead consumers into thinking he was microsoft. its a little heavy handed of microsoft, since this is a just a kid with a little part-time hobby of his, and obviously no match for the real microsot, but it is legally a business and what he is trying to do is use microsofts image to his benefit.
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I'd have thought that, since it is primarily a business focused around a website and the names don't look anything alike, there wouldn't be a problem. Anyone with half a braincell could see the difference between Mikeroesoft and Microsoft and know the two are not connected, just as the makers of prosthetic limbs don't sue the lego company.
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This is a stupidity made by Microsoft.
What do you think about the Eolas case?
Isn't that another stupidity?
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I'd have thought that, since it is primarily a business focused around a website and the names don't look anything alike, there wouldn't be a problem. Anyone with half a braincell could see the difference between Mikeroesoft and Microsoft and know the two are not connected, just as the makers of prosthetic limbs don't sue the lego company.
he doesn't program any software. he designs webpages. his name should have been mikerowedesign. but he chose soft, most probably because it sounded cool. i would have done the same. then he tells them he wants to sell it for $10,000. that may signify his intent that he was squatting for microsoft, and wants a payoff.
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(Original post by elpaw)
microsoft is sueing this website http://www.mikerowesoft.com for using a name that sounds like its own, even though the owner is called Mike Rowe. and the website has nothing to do with microsoft or anything that it does, so it is not cashing in on the name.

i think this is totally crazy.... what next? multinational corporations copyrighting names and surnames?
sure it would be an interesting case !!!
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Worlds best oxymoron

MicrosoftWorks
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Worlds best oxymoron

MicrosoftWorks
lol!

they'l try asnd get him under imitation and image-stealing laws - surely they cant touch him for the name itself?
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They have to take up the case against Mike Rowe or else they won't be legally allowed to defend a real breach of their trademark. It'll probably end up with an out of court settlement, because it'll prove very embarassing for Microsoft to take a 17 year old to court.
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yes it is petty, but hes blatently ripping it off microsoft, (a bit hypocritical by ms!)

when we had ukl . com no one liked it
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(Original post by G4ry)
They have to take up the case against Mike Rowe or else they won't be legally allowed to defend a real breach of their trademark. It'll probably end up with an out of court settlement, because it'll prove very embarassing for Microsoft to take a 17 year old to court.
It would be highly amusing for the 17yr old to sue Microsoft for undue emotional damages resulting from the law suit though. *nods insistently*
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(Original post by elpaw)
microsoft is sueing this website http://www.mikerowesoft.com for using a name that sounds like its own, even though the owner is called Mike Rowe. and the website has nothing to do with microsoft or anything that it does, so it is not cashing in on the name.

i think this is totally crazy.... what next? multinational corporations copyrighting names and surnames?

lol thats funny! i read about it in the metro on the way to school...hehehe...i think bill gates is being unreasonable but then he can cant he...he controls most of the financial markets in the world or he has a massive influence...
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