Microsoft Satellite Map Project Sued Over Name

Posted on May 28, 2008 By : Admin Ragamagz

Microsoft's TerraServer-USA satellite imagery project has been slapped with a trademark lawsuit from a small North Carolina company with a confusingly similar name. Terraserver.com filed the suit on Friday in North Carolina federal court, seeking monetary damages and asking that Microsoft be stopped from using the TerraServer name.

TerraServer-USA is a ten-year-old Microsoft research project that makes satellite images and maps from the U.S. Geological Survey freely available over the Internet. Microsoft got involved in the project because it wanted to experiment with Windows and SQL Server, processing large amounts of data in a high-performance computing environment. In 2005 the project was rolled into Microsoft's Virtual Earth product, but Microsoft continues to maintain the TerraServer-USA.com Web site.

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