Thursday, April 07, 2005

David Beats Goliath... Again

David Zamos, a biochemistry major at the University of Akron purchased Windows XP and Office XP Pro at the student discount. Realizing he'd have to reformat his hard drive to install them, thus losing years of school work and research, he tried to return them. The school said Microsoft wouldn't let him return them. He contacted Microsoft, who said the same thing. Out of luck and $60, he sold them on eBay. That's when the fun started.

Microsoft sued him for damages, including "irreparable injury to its business reputation and goodwill". Zamos counter-sued. Microsoft bullied, Zamos fought back. Zamos turned the corner, forcing the huge corporation's lawyers to defend their business practices. They couldn't, and were forced to settle. In the end, a 21-year-old college kid beat Microsoft's billion dollar empire !