MikeRoweSoft Settles with Microsoft
January 26, 2004 10:57 AM   Subscribe

MikeRoweSoft Settles with Microsoft for an XBox
Mike Rowe had a website named after himself that was alot like the mega-corp.
MS wanted to give him $10 to change the domain, he wanted $10k. They settled on a trip to Redmond, some traffic redirection and an XBox.

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posted by fenriq (20 comments total)

I'd have asked MS for something even cheaper for them:

A right, in perpetuity, to install and run any and all Microsoft software for free.

Doesn't cost a dime, and guarantees no more BSA audits! Woohoo!
posted by shepd at 11:00 AM on January 26, 2004

I wonder what's going to happen to
posted by ikalliom at 11:07 AM on January 26, 2004

I love a story with a happy ending.
posted by wendell at 11:09 AM on January 26, 2004

The settlement also forces Microsoft to allow Mr. Rowe to be keynote speaker at Microsoft's next board meeting.

Harvard plans to review Mr. Rowe's application.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 11:17 AM on January 26, 2004

posted by internook at 11:44 AM on January 26, 2004

Cool, I'm going to run right out and register so I can get a free X-Box.
posted by briank at 11:46 AM on January 26, 2004 so I can get a free X-Box.
You're Brian Krow(sic)? Mr. Row used his birth name.
posted by thomcatspike at 11:54 AM on January 26, 2004

Rowe's new Web site [which MS helped provide], which is called, already has more than 700 members and carries advertising banners for file-sharing service Warez P2P.

That's too funny.
posted by krinklyfig at 12:29 PM on January 26, 2004

You're Brian Krow(sic)?

I could be if it would score me a freebie.
posted by briank at 12:33 PM on January 26, 2004

Microsoft wins. They showered him with MS toys, MS training, and MS conferences. They recruited the guy as his settlement!
posted by Succa at 12:54 PM on January 26, 2004

All my name got me is sand kicked in my face...
posted by LoopSouth at 1:23 PM on January 26, 2004

Last time I checked, MS certs cost a little more than an X-Box.
posted by cnx at 1:30 PM on January 26, 2004

Someone should send him a modchip.
posted by ODiV at 1:46 PM on January 26, 2004

Hey, look! Huge Corporation threatens harmless teenager with multi-liar legal brief, PR department has hissy fit, Huge Corporation finds someone who remembers how to play a human being.

Takes me back to "Who Breaks a Butterfly On a Wheel"

posted by Twang at 2:11 PM on January 26, 2004

oh boobie boobie
posted by Peter H at 3:05 PM on January 26, 2004

So all I need now is for them to produce a software package called ShonBanForth, and I'll get that XBox I never wanted. Crosses Fingers; holds breath in anticipation.
posted by seanyboy at 3:25 PM on January 26, 2004

I guess they have to move those X-boxes somehow....
posted by Eekacat at 4:46 PM on January 26, 2004

~I heard he was thisclose to renaming his website after the settlement.~
posted by bradlands at 5:32 PM on January 26, 2004

Is it true he suffers from mikerowephallus and mikerowecephaly? Or perhaps, in light of his settlement, mikeroweorchidism...
posted by stonerose at 6:17 PM on January 26, 2004

Damn. I thought he would have done far better. Pity.
posted by LouReedsSon at 9:17 PM on January 26, 2004

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