These frivolous news comes from fellow news web site, windowsxp.nu, which is one of the well known sites for Windows-related news on the web (traffic-wise seems to be similar to OSNews, around 90,000 page views per day). Microsoft sent a legal threat to Steven Bink to hand over the site before Dec 19th, otherwise they will respond legally. Microsoft has taken a similar hard line against other similar Web sites in the past; in 1998, the company demanded that Paul Thurrott should change the name of the ‘Windows SuperSite’ to ‘SuperSite for Windows’, and Active Windows was forced to change its name to ActiveWin. Read more for a short editorial on the subject.Our Take: It is not an intelligent tactic to go against your last standing friends MS. Especially when they work hard to promote your own products, for fun, for free. Just think if Linus, who owns the copyright/trademark for the word “Linux”, goes after all these web sites that carry that name! A disaster for the “marketing” of the OS.
There are even a whole dozen sites that their name consists from the words “apple” and “Mac”. And don’t tell me that “windows” is not as a common word as “apple”. Because it is. At least Apple only goes after people who use their icons or their window manager and widget look on their own OSes. Not on web sites… Hehe…
I think I know what this is about. Possibly, they are afraid that plain users will think that sites that start with the word “windows” or “windowsxp” are MS official sites. Personally, I don’t think that people are that stupid. And if Microsoft thinks that, then they are really underestimate their own customers. And at the end of the day, why now? Why did they do this legal move now, and not 18 months ago, when the site started?
Microsoft says that it owns two trademarks on the name Windows, and it never gave Bink authority to use its names, logos, and other graphics on his Web site. Well, this is stupid. Each individual can’t always have a direct contact at Microsoft and ask if they can use this or that logo or graphic! Think OSNews without the little icon for each story! How would we know exactly for which OS or product we are talking each time? Logos are there so people can recognize things easier. And web sites, magazines etc. should be using them. It is for everyone’s best. So why Mr Bink should have had a special license for these?
You know what that reminds me? It reminds me of Prince, the pop star. A few years back he decided to stop calling himself “Prince” and he demanded all media to also do the same. He said that his new name would be this:
[yes, “nothing”. Microsoft is being as silly in this matter.]