Microsoft may have chased Lindows off its lawn, but now it is running down the road after it, throwing stones.
Once again, the software giant has filed against Lindows, asking a Dutch court to fine the company 100,000 (£67,220) a day for continuing to use the name Lindows on some of the pages of its website.
Yes, the name Lindows still appears in the copyright notice in small text at the bottom of some pages, and, er, this is bound to confuse consumers into thinking they are actually buying Windows. That is the argument anyway. A hearing will be held later today.
Last March, Microsoft requested a court in the Netherlands impose fines of 100,000 a day against Lindows for allowing its website to be accessed by visitors in the Benelux countries: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. That followed its court victory in January when an Amsterdam judge barred the company from using the Lindows name in those countries.
Microsoft has been very aggressive in its trademark infringement claims against Lindows, which sells an open-source operating system under the name. Along with its legal victories in the Netherlands, Microsoft has also had success in bringing actions against Lindows in Finland and Sweden.
Eventually, Lindows decided to concentrate solely in fighting Microsoft in the US - where the main case appears to be going more Lindows' way. As such, it changed its name to Linspire, following a brief dalliance with Lin---s, which Microsoft didn't much like either.
Lindows contends that "windows" is a generic word. Microsoft begs to differ. Or, rather, sues to differ.
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