FWD- MS in frame in 4m user 'racism' class action bid

FWD- MS in frame in 4m user 'racism' class action bid

Post by Alex La » Thu, 01 Jul 1999 04:00:00



 Posted 30/06/99 7:15pm by Graham Lea
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 MS in frame in 4m user 'racism' class action bid

 Microsoft has been accused of racism in an action in the San Diego
federal District Court by John Elijah, a black man. He complains that
an image of a black couple contained in MS Publisher is displayed if a
user searches the images for "monkey".

 Elijah, a building site worker who is married with two children, said
he was humiliated, and that his wife was frightened of being attacked
by skinheads as a consequence. He also added that he was not bringing
the action for money, but to get the problem fixed.

 Microsoft's resident apologist Greg Shaw said in a stock remark that
sounded about as inappropriate as you could get, that: "We regret any
offence [OK so far] or inconvenience [what 'inconvenience', Shaw?]".
Any inconvenience is likely to be to Microsoft, since Elijah's lawyer,
Harvey Levine, is hoping to turn the action into a class suit, which
could involve up to four million black and white people who have
bought the product going after Microsoft for money, in most cases. ?

source http://theregister.co.uk/990630-000037.html
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