SAN DIEGO, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft has filed a new complaint against Lindows, Inc. in Dutch courts, despite a product name change and corresponding website name change to Linspire. Microsoft has asked the court to levy a 100,000 Euro per day fine against the operating system competitor. A hearing on this request will be held on May 11, 2004. On April 13, 2004, Lindows formally changed its product name and website from Lindows to Linspire in response to a Microsoft tactic of launching lawsuits in countries around the world over identical issues already heard in the United States concerning the windows trademark. More than two years ago, Microsoft began asking U.S. courts to halt the use of the term "lindows" and have been repeatedly rejected. The U.S. case is awaiting trial which Microsoft is now delaying with appeals. The outcomes from Microsoft's many lawsuits have been mixed. Most recently, a French court sided with Lindows, but earlier a Dutch Judge blocked sales of Lindows into the Netherlands. After that ruling, Lindows halted all sales of its products under any name into that country. Currently no products are being sold under the Lindows or Linspire name into the Netherlands, yet Microsoft is continuing to file complaints in this region. "Microsoft is continuing the bullying tactics which have obliterated competition over the last 20 years and led to convictions on multiple continents," said Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of Lindows, Inc. "Its recent actions demonstrate that it has not reformed, but continues to be one of the world's worst corporate citizens that will do anything to squash competitors that threaten its monopoly profits." "We halted the sale of all products under any name to the Netherlands some time ago. At that time Microsoft argued that consumers were confused, although they have neverpresented even one consumer who admits to being confused. Now Microsoft is taking the ridiculous position that the U.S. required copyright notice in tiny text on the bottom of some of the pages of the Linspire.com web site will confuse consumers," added Michael Robertson. "We hope the Judge and the world will view Microsoft's action as continuing anti-competitive behavior and compel the company to compete fairly." Linspire is an affordable, full-featured computer operating system that delivers the power, security, stability and value of Linux with an easy and intuitive design. Meeting the needs of all skill levels, Linspire can be instantly installed or comes pre-installed on a wide-range of desktop and laptop computers. Linspire is currently being distributed to over 450 OEMs worldwide and continues to identify new channel partners and strategies to drive sales in emerging markets. The term "Lindows" is not used on the website except as required for corporate and copyright identification purposes. For further information, please contact: Ellie Sanchez of Lindows, Inc., +1-858-587-6700, ext. 263, firstname.lastname@example.org. About Lindows, Inc. Lindows, Inc., is a leading developer and vendor of affordable Linux-based operating systems, applications software and computer services, designed specifically for desktop and laptop computers in homes, schools and businesses. At the cornerstone of Lindows, Inc. is the Linspire operating system. Linspire uses Lindows' proprietary CNR technology that allows the installation, updating and management of hundreds of software programs usually with just one click. The Linspire Laptop Edition is specifically tailored for the power management and wireless needs of mobile computer users. The Linspire operating system is also offered in Spanish (www.linspire.com/espanol) and Japanese (www.linspire.com/edge). Those who are interested in becoming authorized resellers of Linspire should visit www.linspire.com/reseller, or www.linspire.com/builder if interested in selling computers pre-loaded with Linspire. Corporate information about Lindows, Inc. is available at www.lindowsinc.com. Linspire is a trademark of Lindows, Inc., a US Corporation. Copyright ) 2004 Lindows, Inc. All rights reserved. Linspire and Lindows, Inc. are not endorsed by or affiliated with Microsoft Corporation in any way.
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