View Full Version : MikeRoweSoft.com settles with Microsoft (from cnn.com)

January 26th, 2004, 11:33
Link to the article (http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/internet/01/26/mikerowesoft.settle.ap/index.html)

Microsoft to take over MikeRoweSoft.com
Teen settles with tech giant for, among other things, an Xbox
Monday, January 26, 2004 Posted: 10:18 AM EST (1518 GMT)

SEATTLE, Washington (AP) -- A Canadian teenager whose Web site address bothered a certain giant software company will find a new home on the Web, Microsoft Corp. said Friday.

Mike Rowe, a 17-year-old resident of Victoria, British Columbia, has agreed to pick a new name for his Web site, currently called www.mikerowesoft.com, said Microsoft spokesman Jim Desler.

Mike's father, Kim Rowe, confirmed that his son had struck an agreement with Microsoft. Rowe said his son could not be interviewed Friday because he had to study for final exams.

Mike also is working feverishly to put together a new Web site, his father said.

Desler said Microsoft would cover Mike's costs of changing to a new Web site and redirecting traffic from the old site. Microsoft also had agreed to help the teen get Microsoft certification training and other gifts, including an Xbox game console, he said, and has invited Mike to a technology festival in March at the corporation's headquarters in suburban Redmond.

"We wanted to do this in a way that's going to foster his interest in technology," Desler said.

In a posting on his Web site earlier this month, the teen said he received a 25-page letter from Microsoft informing him he was committing copyright infringement, and threatening legal action.

Desler said Friday that Microsoft believes it's important to take steps to prevent widespread infringement of its name. But he conceded Microsoft's original approach was "admittedly maybe impersonal."

Mike settled for software certification training, a new domain name and an X-box... big whoop!

I think its funny that it went this far.

January 26th, 2004, 12:05
Gee, did he not know who he was dealing with?! I mean, it's Microsoft for crying out loud, and all he settled for was Microsoft certification training and an Xbox!! Get that kid a lawyer or something. The kid pulled a Kramer, don't you remember that episode of Seinfeld?

El Gran Silencio
January 26th, 2004, 21:32
Yeah, that episode where Kramer settled for like all the coffee he could drink for a year as soon as they offered it to him. Yeah, the kid definately pulled a Kramer. Well, the kid is Canadian doncha know.

January 26th, 2004, 21:50
I'M CANADIAN, AYE! just kidding, hehe

Yeah, and the one where he made the settlement with the tobacco industry too!