Microsoft Hit with AntiSpyware Lawsuit
A few days back I found an IP address from the Microsoft corporation in Redwood USA in the logs of my statistics counter. This user of Microsoft had done a Google search on "microsoft startpagina lawsuit", which brought him to this post: Microsoft's AntiSpyware Filters Competitor. It's on the practice of Microsoft's AntiSpyware to label Holland's most popular site Startpagina.nl, owned by search engine Ilse and a competitor for Microsoft's MSN page, as a browser hijacker and make it almost impossible for people to use it as their start page.
I didn't think much from it, except a little fantasy that the big man himself hat hit my blog. Now I might say that the people in Redmond were taking the threat from the director of Startpagina.nl to sue Microsoft seriously. Because Ilse has now actually filed a lawsuit over Microsoft practices, demanding that:
-Microsoft changes its AntiSpyware software so that user may use Startpagina.nl as their start page againIlse also demands 250 000 Euros for every day Microsoft does not comply with these demands, with a maximum of 20 million Euros.
-Microsoft should provide an update of AntiSpyware for the current users that, when the installation program is opened, contains the message that Microsoft has disseminated wrongful information about Startpagina.nl
-Microsoft puts a rectification on its website and that on all pages that refer to Microsoft's AntiSpyware will contain a skyscraper with an apology text for a month
This will be an interesting case on the anti-competitive use of corporate (filtering) software. And now wait if more Redmond IP addresses hit this blog (through Google, not MSN search, apparently).
Thru webwereld (Dutch)