The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is your source for all the fun, courtesy of a federal civil complaint filed Monday by one David Stebbins. His grounds for suing is a technicality about the nature of the Xbox Live terms of service allowing him to unilaterally amend it unless Microsoft rejected his terms in writing.
The new terms? Something about being paid $US500 billion if they didn’t like the old terms.
Stebbins actually admits to the P-I that his notice to Microsoft was designed to not attract their attention and to go unanswered. “When I mail these documents to Microsoft, they won’t go to any legal division; I arranged for the mailings to be picked up by the employee that just collects regular mail! It’s quite possible that these employees won’t understand the legal significance of these documents, and know that they’re required to respond.”
Clever! Best part? He refused to create an actual paper filing, as one would expect of a legitimate complaint. Instead he created a YouTube video (since removed) of screenshots of the contract amendments because to create them in paper “would put an undue strain on my printer.”
You’d think that if $US500 billion were actually on the table, someone would pony up for a $US40 printer or a trip to Kinko’s.
I’m not going to waste words poking holes in his legal reasoning or waste time finding the statutes that limit either the scope of his claims or proscribe this kind of conduct. It’s enough to know he’s tried this bullshit in other venues, too. And, also, that he claims to have Asperger’s syndrome, which is the go-to punchline for many a 4chan troll. I’m sure his agoraphobia will keep him from showing up in court, too.
Xbox Live User Says Microsoft Owes Him $US500 Billion [Seattle Post-Intelligencer via PikiGeek]