Hoofddorp, the Netherlands (ots/PRNewswire)
- On Wednesday 7
May 2008, the court ruled that the domain name MSNLOCK will become
the property of Microsoft. With this decision Microsoft achieved a
Pyrrhic victory. They win the lawsuit against Carola Eppink, mother
of three children and one of the brains behind Unicaresoft, but lose
the battle for the public opinion.
Carola has received a great deal of support from people all over
the world, from the Netherlands to Italy, from India to Japan and
from America to Russia, which has underlined how urgent and
widespread the lack of parentally controlled internet security is.
The fact that her product Benzoy is already being used by thousands
of families only strengthens this position and characterises the
social problem of children, who have difficulty detaching themselves
from chatting / 'MSN-ing' and/or the Internet.
Commenting on the ruling, Carola said, "Of course we are saddened
by the fact that the judge has given the domain name MSNLOCK to
Microsoft and that he doesn't allow this reference to trademark. When
everybody is eating tomatoes, we cannot talk about pickles. When 90%
are using MSN, we can't think up an appropriate alternative name."
That other MSN domain names with explicit pornographic content
are still online, certainly doesn't render Unicaresoft speechless.
The many years that the protection of the trademark MSN has been
neglected are impossible to fix within 2 weeks. Unicaresoft
indisputably showed that Microsoft can't pursue a consistent brand
policy, as evidenced by the hundreds of domain names with the letter
combination 'MSN'. Despite the fact that the name MSN even is used
often by obscure parties who seduce and/or mislead children and young
people, the use of MSNLOCK as a referred trademark is not permitted
for the protection of our children.
Carola added: "Just talking about it is not enough. Growing up is
about testing the boundaries and raising children is about setting
them. That having boundaries is a necessary part of growing up is a
view shared by parents and young people alike."
Therefore, Unicaresoft will continue its mission to protect
children and young people from the harmful effects of excessive MSN
and Internet use, keep improving Benzoy and further develop the
product in the short term for use in schools.
Unicaresoft Corporation develops software that offers security
for vulnerable groups such as children and young adults. Unicaresoft
Corporation stands for safety and security for the Internet, but also
security where it concerns chat addiction of children and young
adults. Unicaresoft Corporation is an initiative of concerned parents
and software developers, who have chosen to collaborate in developing
more secure and safe software products for parents and their
ots Originaltext: Unicaresoft Corporation BV
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