How Microsoft sued a student

In 2004, Microsoft sued Canadian student Mike Rowe for registering the domain MikeRoweSoft.com in his name.

In English, the domain was pronounced exactly like the name of Bill Gates' corporation - "MicRoSoft.com". Mike registered the domain in order to do web design. Microsoft found this to be a copyright infringement and requested that the domain be returned.

Mike was willing to comply with the mega-corporation's demands, but asked Microsoft for compensation for the loss of the domain. Bill Gates' company agreed to pay Mike $ 10, which is about the cost of registering a domain in the ".com" zone. Microsoft's response infuriated Mike so much that he immediately increased the amount for the voluntary "surrender" of the domain to $ 10, 000.

In turn, Microsoft filed a 25-sheet lawsuit against Mike. The student was not going to give up and began to actively communicate with the press, talking about the greed and arrogance of Microsoft. Mike was able to collect $ 6, 000 in donations, found himself a free lawyer, and his website MikeRoweSoft.com became so popular that it once received 250, 000 visitors in 12 hours (which caused him to "crash").

The situation began to take a turn, extremely unprofitable for Bill Gates' company - the scandal began to smell bad, and Microsoft hastened to resolve the situation in the most positive way.

The domain was taken away from Mike, but Microsoft pledged to reimburse the student for all his expenses, and also paid for Mike and his entire family's trip to the TechFest. In addition, Mike received a Microsoft professional certification and an Xbox game console with a selection of games.

On top of all the other goodies, Mike was able to auction off the 25-page lawsuit he received from Microsoft on eBay. The set of documents, which is, in Mike's words, "part of the history of the Internet, " went under the hammer for $ 1, 037.