January 20, 2004

Mikerowesoft goes down

No, not the big site, the little one run by 17-year old student, Mike Rowe.

It turns out the student/web designer named his site, well, after himself, and was shut down due to lost traffic and threatened legal action by the big guys. This is quite a story.

One thing sticks out in my mind, though, the motivation behind Microsoft's threatened action--

"The [legal] letter said customers of Microsoft could also be confused by his domain name..."

I can understand if Google makes a mistake and takes one to Rowe's site, but if an individual gets Microsoft mixed up with Mikerowesoft, I must say that that person shouldn't be near a computer...

And the best part is, when I looked up Mikerowesoft on Google, the little autocorrect tool came up and said, "Did you mean to search for Microsoft?"

Posted by Amanda Cochran at January 20, 2004 8:50 PM

Holy cow, is that funny. I mean, what kind of moron wouldn't know that Microsoft is NOT equal to "mikerowesoft"?! I think his domain name is quite clever.

Posted by: Karissa at January 20, 2004 9:05 PM

OMIGOD...this is just like that thing where Starbucks sued Haida Bucks for the same reason. Haida Bucks is on an island in Canada with like 200 inhabitants. Not so much potential for confusion in either case....

Posted by: Jess P at January 21, 2004 8:18 PM
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