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Author:  Andrew [ Tue Aug 22, 2006 5:19 am ]
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Microsoft sues 3 men, charging infringement

When is a Web site like windowshome.info not a Microsoft Web site?

When it's a site operated by three people, including two Utahns, designed to trick people into
thinking it's a Microsoft site. So says Washington-based Microsoft Corp. in a lawsuit filed Monday in
U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City.

The suit says that Jason Cox of Albuquerque, Daniel Goggins of Provo and John Jonas of
Springville, as individuals and also doing business as Jonas and Goggins Studios LLC and
Newtonarch LLC, infringed Microsoft's trade and service marks by registering Internet domain
names identical to or confusingly similar to Microsoft's trademarks and service marks.

The suit lists 324 such domain names that Microsoft charges infringe on its Age of Empires, Halo,
Hotmail, Microsoft, MSN, Windows, Windows XP, Xbox and Xbox Live marks. The list includes
1microsoft67.info, 1halo2home.info, 1microsoftexcel37.info, 1msn59.info, 1windowsxp36.info,
1xbox52.info, ageofempiressite.info, halo2player.com, halo2online.info and windowshome.info.

"When a person looking for a Microsoft Web site lands on one of the defendants' Web sites, that
person may click on one of the advertisements or hyperlinks on the site either because the person
finds it easier to click on the advertisement or hyperlink than to continue searching for the Microsoft
site, or because the person mistakenly believes Microsoft has authorized or endorsed the
advertisements or hyperlinks," the suit states. "In either case, the person has been diverted from
the Microsoft Web site he or she was seeking to visit, and Microsoft has lost that opportunity to
interact with that person."

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