Friday, April 08, 2005

Fighting The 800 Pound Gorilla

How can you fight the 800 pound gorilla? Last year, Kent State student David Zamos earned approximately $3,500. Microsoft's income was $38 billion. But Zamos won the fight.

Zamos decided to sell new student copies of Microsoft Windows and Office XP Pro he had bought but did not to open. He put them for sale on eBay. Microsoft tried to block the sale, but finally it was completed

Then Microsoft sued for damages. Zamos filed a counterclaim. Finally, Zamos requested a trial by jury, knowing that the company wouldn't want to spend tens of thousands of dollars in legal bills just to snuff one kid in Ohio. He was right. The lawyers said they'd drop their suit -- if Zamos dropped his countersuit. He did. Then he went to the media. Chalk one up for the little guy.


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