When I read this small item in today's news from Fiji I was reminded of a very funny film called 'The Mouse that Roared' about a tiny country who capitalised upon a dispute with a large country. Writing to Bill Gates....well, I think he has retired now anyway and it would be prudent to get into his good books with his generosity and philanthropic foundation. And the word 'Fiji' would be good advertising for free! Nice spelling error too.
Mircosoft on noticeMonday, June 30, 2008
Interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has put Microsoft Corporation on notice over the use of the word ‘Fiji’ in a new operating system. In a letter to Microsoft owner Bill Gates, Sayed-Khaiyum says government asserts its absolute ownership over the use of the word ‘Fiji’ and reserves all its rights under all relevant laws to protect and defend the use of the word ‘Fiji.’
He says government unreservedly objects to the use of the word ‘Fiji’ and he has instructed Microsoft to immediately cease and desist with any use of the word ‘Fiji’ in relation to its products now or in the future.
Sayed-Khaiyum adds not withstanding government’s objection and without prejudice to any of its rights government is prepared to enter into talks with Microsoft Corporation on the issue.