Microsoft blinks in stare-down with B.C. teen

from CBC.ca archives | Wed, 21 Jan 2004

VICTORIA - Microsoft is backing down in its fight with Victoria teenager Mike Rowe over his website domain name.

The software giant had threatened Rowe, 17, with legal action, saying his website domain name � mikerowesoft.com � was too similar to its own.

Microsoft's lawyers told him to shut down the website, and offered him $10 US to reimburse him for the cost of registering the domain name.

"I felt sort of insulted at that time because I'd spent so much time designing my website," said Rowe. "So I guess in spite I e-mailed them back asking for $10,000, and that didn't go over too well."

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Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe