Microsoft sues kid for being named Mike Rowe...

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    oh...


    my...


    god...


    I can't believe this is serious...
     
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    Insult to injury... when the kid wanted to settle, they offered him ten dollars to stop using his domain!
     
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    what a bunch of bastards!!!!! i'm kinda surprised disney hasn't sued me for having the name sebastian, which is also the name of the crab in little mermaid... come on m$ this is just stupid.

    the really funny thing is, he offered to sell he domain name for $10,000, but the m$ high-priced lawyers probably charged m$ $20,000 just to send this poor kid a threatening letter.

    stick to your guns mike! someone call steve and tell him to send mike a g5 server to run mikerowesoft :D
     
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    They only offered him 10 dollars??!!!....what cheapskates. Now 10,000 dollars is another story.;)
     
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    Just change his domain name to MikeRoweSoftware. Might get another $10 from MS. Or split the difference between the two offers, $5005 should do it to finance Mike's first attempt at a windows Operating System that works.
     
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    That's just pathetic - but with the news coverage I'm sure things will get changed around soon enough. Provided Mike Rowe doesn't just give up.

    M$ - what a bunch of idiots - not a very impressive move there guys.

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    well, 10 dollars isn't that much. it can't even buy you a shirt anymore. well, maybe he should get a G5 server to run it:p
     
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    that is ***** pathetic, if someone had the last name Apple or more commonly Macintosh, would apple get in a hissy....maybe *shrugs* but its a persons freaking name, these law suits over "having the same name as a famous person" and such are getting pathetic
     
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    I totally agree with MS, he's just trying to get money from them. His name is MikeRowe....not MikeRoweSoft. He's just some random bastard trying to get some easy money.
     
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    CNN's Headline News ran a ticker on this.

    (edit) And now they did a brief story on it, just a report, no interviews.
     
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    What the heck are you on?

    All he did was add 'soft' to his name, which is fine because he mas a SOFTWARE company.

    I mean it doesn't take a genuis to abverate software... and also really it sounds like Microsoft, but that still is a good thing.
     
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    How come I am totally not surprised at the position you take on this topic? :rolleyes:
     
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    Mike, you're the man!
    Fight'em!
     
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    Trying to get money? He just had a legitimate personal site with a pun on his name--it was MS who contacted him, not the other way around!

    And it was MS who named the first amount: $10. Mike only named a higher figure later in RESPONSE to that insult. And $10 is indeed an insult.

    PS... Who exactly is it that goes to MikeRoweSoft.com, which doesn't even pretend to parody MS in any way... and then actually believes they are somehow on the MS site, thus losing business or damaging the MS brand??
     
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    $10 Bucks Ha...

    That does not even cover the cost of the DNS registration. Would have pissed me off also. Stick to your guns on the 10K mark. Not over the top since they insulted you. If Mike would have said One Million Dollars (with a pinky to his lips) I would have to say he was trying to take it to microsquish, but when they came back with 10 Bucks I would have been insulted also.

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    now is the time for mike rowe to put some merchandise in his site... coz he is gonna get a lot of hits! :D
     
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    More detailed article here.
     
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    Don't know and don't care.
     
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    Microsoft tries to destroys anything it doesn't like.

    www.MikeRoweSoft.com doesn't work anymore. Looks like his web server shut it down.

     
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    I did a whois and found his webhost is http://www.motionxl.com/

    Pretty funny. They have a little News column on the left apologizing for the slow network connections because one of their clients had "overwhelming traffic."

    Anyway, Mike, screw 'em! Stay strong!
     
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    Ah, THAT'S that reason MS want it shut down - it's not running MS server software!
     
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    looks like someone registered mikerowesoft.org/.net/.info as well as a few others today, probably theyre hoping to get $$$ from M$
     
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    Once he settles, he should register the domain "buttheadsoftwarecompany.com" and go for another 10K from M$
     
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    He didn't approach them and he has every right to choose that name.. It's silly for Microsoft to do anything.. They're not going after ****Microsoft.com are they? no..
     

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