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June 18th, 2005, 12:04 PM #1College Student takes on Microsoft and wins!
Not sure if this was posted here or not, so here goes.
A 21 year old kid from Kent State took on Microsoft and won. MS went after him for selling an unopened copy of XP and Office. His total profit was $143.50.
MS claimed that the sale caused them irreparable damage. *LOL*
In this case I say YEA for the little guy!
David Zamos doesn't look as if he could single-handedly humiliate the world's largest software maker.
The well-built 21-year-old sips a jumbo cup of Starbucks coffee in the University of Akron's student union. He's looking dapper in pin-striped slacks, a navy pea coat, and a necklace of wooden beads that hugs his wide neck.
Thanks to massive doses of caffeine, Zamos (whose name rhymes with "famous") anxiously taps his Camper lace-ups against the table. A laptop sits to his right, a fat black binder to his left.
The only thing setting him apart from the other late-night crammers is that his notebook isn't filled with study guides. It's overflowing with documents from the federal lawsuit Microsoft brought against him on December 21.
For the past four months, Zamos has been fighting four high-powered attorneys. They claimed he violated trademark and copyright laws by selling two unopened pieces of software on eBay for $203.50. Cleveland lawyers Robert Chudakoff and Edward Simms, along with San Francisco lawyers Roy Bartlett and Cameron Alston, allege that the sale cost Microsoft hundreds of thousands of dollars in "irreparable damage." They demanded that Zamos hand over his eBay profits ($143.50) and cover the company's court costs and legal fees.~Michelle
"All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy."
"Work to become, not to acquire." -- Confucius
June 18th, 2005, 12:52 PM #2
Excellent story! A modern day David and Goliath.
Thanks for the post!Travelin' Man
"If you don't know where you are going, any road will lead you there." -- unknown
June 18th, 2005, 02:06 PM #3
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A great story. I enjoyed it a lot reading it.
Last edited by matlok; June 18th, 2005 at 02:07 PM. Reason: grammar
June 18th, 2005, 05:30 PM #4
Fantastic! So many lawyers are so full of themselves. They filed a boiler-plate pleading without even taking the time to match the facts to the case, and it blew up in their face. I love it!
"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."
-- William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2, Act 4
June 18th, 2005, 05:44 PM #5
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That was good, 37 filings back and forth
June 18th, 2005, 07:58 PM #6
Cool! I loved how the lawyer ended up kissing up when the bad publicity hit!There is no knowledge that is not power. ~Hemingway
June 19th, 2005, 08:37 AM #7
I have 100% sympathy with the kid. This again supports (like it needed to...) my decision to go from
MS Windows ----> Linux
MS Office ----> Open Office
MS Explorer ----> Firefox
I'll never look back!
June 19th, 2005, 09:29 AM #8
I'm not an MS-hater, but I did go with Open Office. It was an easy choice when I saw what MS was charging!There is no knowledge that is not power. ~Hemingway
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