[ng-dhtml] Microsoft legal threats, name change

Joyce Park truitejeunefille at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 10 23:39:52 CDT 2004


So sorry to hear this Alex  :-(.  You fought the good fight, but it's hard for
one guy to hold off the Beast of Redmond indefinitely.  Shall I blog it?  JP


--- Alex Russell <alex at netWindows.org> wrote:

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> Hey everyone,
> 
> I just wanted to let everyone know that it looks like I'm going to 
> finally have to hand over the NW domain to Microsoft. I received the 
> first C&D from them years ago, and I've managed to keep it something 
> of a secret, since I didn't want it to affect toolkit development in 
> any way. 
> 
> While I strongly feel that their claims are frivolous and baseless, I 
> can't afford to win, loose, or even draw in this fight. All of the 
> major systems that use the word "*indows" in their names have either 
> given in or been otherwise forced to change in the past year, and the 
> odds of an outlying data point such as myself being able to effect a 
> different outcome are near zero. I have been able to hold MS off for 
> almost 3 years regarding this issue, and I think that's something of 
> a victory in itself, but not much of a consolation.
> 
> A new name will be forthcoming (suggestions?). Once we have a new 
> name, we'll have to phase out use of the name "netWindows" almost 
> immediately.
> 
> I apologize to anyone and everyone for the headaches this will cause.
> 
> It's the most frustrating thing in the world to have to blink first, 
> because you know that if you don't you'll just be turned into dust on 
> the heel of the other guy. Neither the case law nor the facts support 
> Microsoft's assertions regarding their rights to my domain, but I 
> also have to eat.
> 
> Sorry guys, I feel like I'm letting everyone down, but we've got more 
> important things to do that piss away momentum for the project on a 
> nuisance lawsuit which I don't have the funds to win.



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