Lindows.com Inc., a maker of low-cost computers running Linux software, on Friday said it had halted operations in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg in the latest round of its cat-and-mouse legal battle with Microsoft Corp. Lindows, based in San Diego, California, said it had withdrawn from the three countries after it received legal papers demanding that it pay a fine of up to 100,000 euros a day for failing to comply with an earlier court order.
Microsoft, which is often embroiled in legal battles with competitors, has pursued Lindows in courts around the world, alleging trademark infringement of its Windows brand name by Lindows, which offers a Linux alternative called LindowsOS. "We have completely withdrawn our products from these markets and put notices on every page of our Web site," said Lindows Chief Executive Michael Robertson, who founded the digital music Web site MP3.com. "Microsoft is still asking that the judge fine us 100,000 euros per day because non-U.S. visitors can view our U.S.-based Web site," he said.
News source: Reuters