Subject: Re: For Approval: Microsoft Permissive License
From: Rick Moen <>
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 00:05:21 -0700

Quoting Philippe Verdy (, replying to Sam Ramji of
Microsoft Corporation:

> I'm sorry if this irritates you. But Micorosft is very active worldwide into
> protecting its trademark, and finances several actions against those that
> abuse its name, or pretend acting in the name of Microsoft for delivering
> pseudo-secure products.  [...]
> Note also that the question of "fair use" when naming a licence does not
> apply elsewhere than in US.  [...]


I will wire you 1000 Euros for each instance you can correctly cite
here, by the end of 2007-09-30, UTC, of Microsoft Corporation having
filed civil litigation against anyone for trademark infringment for merely
mentioning its corporate name, in _any_ legal jusrisdiction anywhere in
the world, with any filing date prior to 2007-09-28, UTC (today).

In the meantime, I strongly suggest that you study the concept of
"nominative fair use" within trademark context in the legal system of
your choice.  You will find that your concern is not, to borrow the Bush
Junta's nomenclature, reality-based.

(Irony is always one's second-best entertainment value, just after Usenet 

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