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 From: Eric den Doop
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 Eric den Doop
 To: Kev InAz
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 Kev InAz
Subject: RE: Foxpro forum
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Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2003 8:53:50 AM         

> Thought you all might find this amusing. About 5 years ago I once registered foxpro.org and hosted the site. My whole goal was to create a forum based community for sharing FP information much like this one. Within about 2 months I got a cease and desist document from the M$ lawyers. I immediately emailed them and explained that it was a site to promote VFP and VFP products. I even placed "FoxPro is a registered trademark of the Microsoft Corp." all over the site. They would only reply with cease and desist. I asked them to then explain why I could not make a non-profit community forum site that promotes one of their products, their answer, "Cease and desist."
> I did not want to get into any kinda of legal battle so I transferred the domain to them. But I did tell them how disappointed I was and that I would be making many people aware of their cold responses to me. Of course I got no response to that.
> So even though most of my programming is still in VFP I have also started to learn quite a bit about Linux, PHP4 and MySQL. If M$ has been a little more considerate most of my clients would still be on Windows servers instead of Linux servers.
> Don't get me wrong, I like VFP but I'm no fan of M$.

I understand your feeling. I am not a legal expert but I think the MS lawyers are correct in this case. You registered a domain called foxpro.org and that would be pretty much the same as if I'd register a domain like www.bentley.org or www.microsoft.org or www.symantec.org or www.cocacola.org. I mean: these are registered trademarks. Can you tell a bit more about what they wrote in their letter?

I looked up the whois info for foxpro.org at http://www.networksolutions.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois and the domain is still registered to the Fox Team in Redmond.
Eric den Doop
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Foxpro forum Posted by Kev InAz @ 4/23/2003 8:30:42 AM
RE: Foxpro forum Posted by Eric den Doop @ 4/23/2003 8:53:50 AM
RE: Foxpro forum Posted by Kev InAz @ 4/23/2003 9:26:41 AM