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But the motivation behind legislation governing trademarked names is to protect a party from being unduly affected by the actions of another.

I'll give you an example that they gave us in Business Law class. There was this guy in England (I think it was England) who's last name was MacDonald (note the "Mac" and not "Mc"). Anyways, this MacDonald fella decided to open up a burger restaurant, and named it after himself -- "MacDonalds". The problem was that lets say that a customer walks into MacDonalds and gets lousy service, gross food, etc, etc, then they'll talk to their friends saying "never go to MacDonalds, they suck". And as such there is a potential for having a negative impact on the well known fast food chain of the very-similar sounding name. McDonalds Corp ended up suing Mr MacDonald, and if I remember correctly won their case.

</end devils advocate>

Now, of course, I agree completely with you, that MS is being rediculous on this one, as Mike Rowe is a web designer, whereas Microsoft is a software company. Two different (although not entirely unrelated) businesses.

MS emailed the guy and said they'd pay him whatever he paid to register it. He countered with $10,000. At that point, MS then has a case that he's trying to profit from the name.

I saw this story on the local news (I live just outside of where he lives), and they reported that MS offered him $10, which was in fact less than what he paid to register it. That's when (feeling insulted) he made the joke counter-claim of $10K. Either way, does it matter if he's trying to make money of the domain name?

PZ
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