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MacCentral: Apple/Microsoft Case May Provide Ammo for Linux Maker

Mar 04, 2003, 01:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Cohen)

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"Lindows.com Inc. has raised the ire and the litigation of Microsoft Corp. with its Windows-like name. While the companies continue to wrangle over trade dress issues, Lindows.com has secured a court order to force Microsoft to produce more than 300 boxes of evidence, including evidence produced during the 1992 case between Apple and Microsoft that tread over similar ground.

"Back in 1992, Microsoft successfully defended itself in a copyright case brought forth by Apple that ultimately secured Microsoft's legal right to use elements like windows, icons and menus in its own Windows operating system. Microsoft's argument was that other companies had introduced operating systems with similar capabilities prior to Microsoft's own entry into the market. Now Lindows.com hopes to use some of the same evidence presented in the Apple vs. Microsoft case to bolster its own position..."

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