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http://www.thewhir.com/ find/articlecentral/story.asp? recordid=730

Microsoft Upset Over Teenager's Site

Date: 1/19/2004

(Article Central) Software giant Microsoft is reportedly preparing legal action against a Canadian teenager with a Web site whose name sounds very similar to Microsoft's.

British Columbia high school student Mike Rowe chose the Web site address mikerowesoft.com to host his Web site design company, considering the name an amusing play on words. According to Vancouver newspaper reports, however, Rowe was contacted by Microsoft's attorneys and asked to give up the domain.

Rowe wrote to the company, asking to be compensated for the domain, and was contacted again by Microsoft's lawyers, who offered him $10 US. He wrote back, asking for $10,000.

Last week, Rowe received a 25-page letter from the company accusing him of trying to force Microsoft into giving him a large settlement. He says he didn't want to get anything out of the company, but was sort of upset by the particularly low offer.

Rowe is reportedly holding his ground, and says a lawyer has offered to advise him for free.

Microsoft says it has been working to reach an agreeable resolution with Rowe and remains hopeful that the matter can be resolved in good faith.


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Bummer, http://mikerowesoft.com/ goes to an "access denied" page.

EDIT: Apparently he was slashdotted, so that explains THAT.

(edited by CRZ on 19.1.04 1735)


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Since: 9.1.02
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Jeez, only ten bucks? Talk about insulting. That site oughta be worth at LEAST $192.50. :)



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Since: 9.1.02
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Microsoft settles (cnn.com)

The kid got an XBOX and some other goodies out of the deal, which was probably his plan all along. This is one of those things I wish I had thought of first.
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    Originally posted by rockdotcom_2.0
    Microsoft settles (cnn.com)

    The kid got an XBOX and some other goodies out of the deal, which was probably his plan all along. This is one of those things I wish I had thought of first.



I would have loved to listened to that negotiation.

MR: I want $10,000, and I won't settle for a penny less!
MS: Okay, how about an XBOX and the GTA Dual Pack
MR: SOLD!

Kind of reminds me of when Kramer settled for "coffee for life".
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Since: 19.1.02
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He's selling the letters (cgi.ebay.com) from Microsoft, too. He's going to make a few bucks out of this any way he can, I guess.



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Since: 27.2.03
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He was on The Screen Savers last night on Tech TV-he listed all of the items he got from Micro$oft (a trip to REDMOND-OOOOH). When asked if he was going to hack his XBox, he said joking that yeah, he'd put Linux on it. Har.

By the way, his new site is www.mikeroweforums.com



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Just for being an ass, I would have demanded an PS2 and/or Gamecube from them.




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Since: 2.1.02
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He's selling the letters (cgi.ebay.com) from Microsoft, too. He's going to make a few bucks out of this any way he can, I guess.

And based on the current high bid, he'll take home FAR more than the $10,000 originally asked for...

Crazy.



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Good God...$32 gr for Microsoft letters? I wonder if I can somehow turn my name into a spin on Windows?



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Since: 2.1.02
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by BigVitoMark
    Good God...$32 gr for Microsoft letters? I wonder if I can somehow turn my name into a spin on Windows?


That's $42,000+ Canadian...I bet he's praying for the loonie to go down the crapper again!





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My God...it's now up over 100 gr...what has this world come to?



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1 of 2 things are going to happen now.

1) eBay brings this train to a halt and refunds the listings fees

or

2) Buyer gets a neg feedback for non-payment.




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This isn't what it looks like. Well, okay, this is EXACTLY what it looks like, but it was only 99 1/2 cents! I HAD to! Besides, my shame is further compounded by the fact that this isn't even the ONLY tie I own that has Poppin' Fresh on it.
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