[ng-dhtml] Microsoft legal threats, name change

David Schontzler schontz at gmail.com
Wed Aug 11 00:29:18 CDT 2004


EFF anyone?

On Tue, 10 Aug 2004 21:39:52 -0700 (PDT), Joyce Park
<truitejeunefille at yahoo.com> wrote:
> 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
> 
> 
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> 
> --- Alex Russell <alex at netWindows.org> wrote:
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> > (cc-ing the ng-dhtml list to ensure distribution to the broader DHTML
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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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