Mike Rowe

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    Mike Rowe

    It's his name - I guess this is Microsofts plan to own a person.
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    refusing to comply with Microsoft Corp.'s demands that he give up his domain name
    how much 'demanding' did microsoft actually do? did they threaten to sue or something? to me this doesn't sound like a big deal at all... it says microsoft wanted to give him $10 for it... It seems low to me, but you cant fault microsoft for wanting to buy mikerowesoft.com... and the kid wants $10000? that's kinda high... I don't think microsoft really cares what he has on his site... they were paying him for the domain name, not his work :rolleyes:
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    Rowe says he asked for more simply because he was mad at them for offering such a low amount. This website was his BUSINESS...not some fansite. It could bring in a lot more than $10. In my point of view, very easy to see Rowes side.
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    yeah, but all he needs to do is change his register a new domain name (mikeRowe.com?) and change his DNS information and his site and everything on it is still there... just at a different domain... and it avoids further lawsuits against him if mikerowesoft becomes a big software/web design firm...
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    how dumb microsoft is

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    Its not dumb, its protecting their trademark. Such protection extends to names that are phonetically similar.
    Granted the offer of $10 was a little low but hey you have to start somewhere.

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    If I were him, I would ask for something like $500 max... just because I would want to squeeze as much money as I felt comfortable out of it... don't normal transfer offers cost a minimum of something like $200 or something?
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    Perhaps he could swap it for a few years' full MSDN subscription (OSes an' all). That'd be a good deal, wouldn't technically be costing MS anything.

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    $10 is kind of insulting, to say the least.
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    i just don't see why microsoft is getting so horny over this in the first place...omfg it sounds like our company so it must be...want to go ride a bike?

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