Microsoft Asks Court to Level 100,000 Euro-Per-Day Fine Against Competitor Lindows, Inc.
SAN DIEGO, Mar 12, 2004 -- Lindows, Inc. has received copies of papers filed against the company in the Netherlands by Microsoft Corporation asking the court to fine Lindows 100,000 euros per day for permitting its website to be reachable by visitors from the Benelux countries (Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg).
"Since visitors to our website come from international ISPs, proxy
servers, anonymizers and other methods, it is impossible for us to comply with
such a broad order to block all visitors from Benelux, and Microsoft knows
this," said Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of Lindows, Inc. "We
have completely withdrawn our products from these markets and put notices on
every page of our website, yet Microsoft is still asking that the Judge fine
us 100,000 euros per day because non-U.S. visitors can view our U.S.-based
website. Microsoft's actions demonstrate this has nothing to do with
protecting their Dutch trademark or confusion in the marketplace, but is
simply an attempt to put us out of business."
Twice, Microsoft has asked US courts to shutdown the Lindows.com website and both times those requests were rejected (www.lindows.com/doublewin). Since then, Microsoft has asked courts in Finland and Sweden to demand that the company block access to Lindows.com. In both instances, those requests were also denied. Microsoft then filed a lawsuit in the Netherlands asking yet again to block access. This time their request was granted to make Lindows "inaccessible to visitors from Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg."
"Microsoft has been unsuccessful for two years in the U.S. and is now delaying that pending trial with appeals while they shop around the world for a court willing to enter a favorable ruling," added Michael Robertson. "Their software monopoly gives them a virtually limitless legal budget to launch these endless legal attacks and this is another example of Microsoft's orchestrated attempt to slow the adoption of Linux."
Lindows has implemented a complete withdrawal from the Benelux market pending an appeal (www.lindows.com/no2benelux) of the original order. A hearing date for this new action has been set for March 30th, 2004 at 1:30pm. Microsoft's complaint can be found in both Dutch and English at http://www.lindows.com/dutchcomplaint.
For more information, please contact: Kira Lee Lindows, Inc. 858-587-6700 ext. 263 email@example.com
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About Lindows, Inc.
Lindows, Inc. gives consumers the world's most affordable choice in software, focusing on complete ease-of-use and reliability. LindowsOS is an intuitive operating system that allows the installation of thousands of applications with just one click. LindowsOS 4.5 now offers SIP technology for free worldwide calling to other SIP devices, remote desktop sharing, and integrated websearch and translation tools (www.lindows.com/lindowsos). LindowsOS Laptop Edition (www.lindows.com/laptop) is the first Linux-based operating system tailored specifically for laptops. Those who are interested in becoming authorized resellers of LindowsOS should visit http://www.lindows.com/reseller, or http://www.lindows.com/builder if interested in selling computers pre-loaded with LindowsOS. LindowsOS is currently offered in English (www.lindows.com/lindowsos), Spanish (www.lindows.com/espanol) and Japanese (www.lindows.com/edge).
SOURCE Lindows, Inc.
Kira Lee of Lindows, Inc., +1-858-587-6700, ext. 263, firstname.lastname@example.org
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