updated 3/24/2004 3:55:02 PM ET 2004-03-24T20:55:02

A teenager who tangled with Microsoft Corp. over his mikerowesoft.com domain name says he's donating most of his legal defense fund to a hospice for terminally ill children.

Mike Rowe, a 17-year-old resident of Victoria, was accused of copyright infringement by the software giant in January.

In a posting on his site, the teen said he received a 25-page letter from Microsoft in January threatening legal action for copyright infringement.

Rowe said he got about $6,000 in donations from supporters but reached an agreement with Microsoft that month to pick a new name for his site, www.mikeroweforums.com. Microsoft agreed to cover the costs of changing to the new site and threw in an Xbox game console.

The teen took a poll to see whether he should refund the donations or make a charitable contribution, and his readers favored the donation. He decided to give $5,250 to the hospice, Canuck Place, and kept $750 to apply toward a university education.

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