New name flap for Microsoft — but this time its legal right is clear

"Microsoft Corp. has a new name for its anti-spyware program, and unlike some of its choices for other products, there’s no question this time about whether it has the right to use the moniker.

But the software developer who signed over that right isn’t happy about the way Microsoft secured it.

Late last week, the company announced that it would begin using the name "Windows Defender" for the anti-spyware program that it plans to offer as part of its flagship PC operating system.

That was a surprise to Adam Lyttle, a 22-year-old developer from Adelaide, Australia, who developed a program of the same name for preventing online sites from making unwanted changes in a computer’s settings.

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I guess this is the part where you say "all your bases belong to me!"

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