Microsoft Sues MikeRoweSoft.com
Microsoft threatened to sue a highschooler named Mike Rowe, a part-time web designer, for registering MikeRoweSoft.com
They claimed that it was copyright infringement because it sounded phonetically the same as Microsoft.
When Microsoft got wind of the domain, they asked him to give up the domain and offered to give him $10 to cover the registration expenses. He counter offered with $10,000 because he was upset at Microsoft’s offer. Microsoft even accused him of being a cyber squatter.
The case resulted in a PR loss for Microsoft, as the media portrayed them negatively in a David v. Goliath type story. In the end, Microsoft flew him in to their headquarters, gave him training as a developer and an Xbox in exchange for the domain. Lawyers think that Mike Rowe would have had a great case against Microsoft had they gone to court.