Microsoft sues MikeRoweSoft

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    [​IMG]<font size="3">Microsoft sues MikeRoweSoft</font>

    Seventeen year-old Mike Rowe thought it would funny to add soft to the end of name and register the domain, Microsoft, however, is not amused. It has demanded that he give up his domain name. In November, Rowe received a letter from Microsoft's Canadian lawyers informing him he was committing copyright infringement.

    "I didn't think they would get all their high-priced lawyers to come after me," Rowe said.

    He wrote back asking to be compensated for giving up his name. Microsoft's lawyers offered him $10 in U.S. funds. Then he asked for $10,000. On Thursday, he received a 25-page letter accusing him of trying to force Microsoft into giving him a large settlement.

    "I never even thought of getting anything out of them," he said, adding that he only asked for the $10,000 because he was "sort of mad at them for only offering 10 bucks."

    Microsoft company spokesman Jim Desler said Sunday, "Microsoft has been in communication with Mr. Rowe in a good faith effort to reach a mutually agreeable resolution."

    Rowe is keeping his sense of humor.

    "It's not their name. It's my name. I just think it's kind of funny that they'd go after a 17-year-old," Rowe said.

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