Microsoft Hatred FAQ

David Schwartz davids at
Thu Oct 27 15:14:35 CEST 2005

Lasse Vågsæther Karlsen wrote:

> I would think that if I set up a shop and wanted to have the word
> "Microsoft" as part of the shop name, there would be some rules
> dictating what products I could and could not sell, yes. Wether those
> rules are set forth in a law somewhere or Microsoft set them forth
> themselves, I would find it hard to believe that the law would
> prohibit them from doing so.

> Otherwise I could set up a shop, call it "Microsoft Porsgrunn" and
> sell machines with only Linux installed.

> I think Microsoft would be allowed to say "No, you can't do that".

    Burger King won't let you sell Whoppers or buy their burger patties 
wholesale no matter what you want to call your store unless you take the 
whole franchise deal. It's an all-or-nothing package. With very few limits, 
companies do get to choose how their products are branded, marketed, and 


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