Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child project may be better named "No Laptop Per Child," at the rate it's going. Back in November, the Wall Street Journal essentially labeled the project a failure. Now, the group is being sued for $20 million by a Nigerian company for patent infringement. Let's hope OLPC doesn't get hit for the full amount. At almost $200 each, the judgment would be equal to more than 100,000 laptops — laptops that the OLPC can't give away, never mind sell. A copy of the lawsuit, obtained exclusively by Valleywag, is after the jump.
I HEREBY REQUEST YOUR HELP AND ASSISTANCE TO HELP SEND ME TRANSFER THIS US$20,000,000.00(TWENTY MILLION, UNITED STATES DOLLARS) INTO OUR COUNTRY SO THAT WE WORK TOGETHER AND INVEST THE MONEY IN A LUCRATIVE BUSINESS IN OUR COUNTRY.
I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE TO TRANSFER THIS MONEY INTO OUR COUNTRY SO THAT WE BEGIN THE BUSINESS IN EARNEST. MY FAMILY LAWYER; JUSTICE MUSTAPHA AKANBI WILL ALSO ASSIST US TO FACILATE THE TRANSFER OF THIS US$20,000,000.00 INTO OUR BANK ACCOUNT.
I WILL LIKE YOU TO KEEP THIS INVESTMENT PROJECT CONFIDENTIAL UNTIL WE START IT IN EARNEST. I WILL GIVE YOU A 20% GRATIFICATION AS SOON AS THIS US$20,000,000.00 IS TRANSFERED INTO OUR BANK ACCOUNT. I WILL ALSO REFUND YOU ALL THE MONEY YOU WILL SPEND IN THE COURSE OF TRANSFERING THIS US$20,000,000.00 INTO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT. ON YOUR RECEIPT OF THIS MAIL, LET ME HEAR FROM YOU SO THAT WE KNOW THE NEXT LINE OF ACTION AS REGARDS THIS INVESTMENT PROJECT. PLEASE I LOOK FORWARD TO HEAR FROM YOU ON YOUR RECEIPT OF THIS MAIL.REMEMBER TO GIVE ME YOUR PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS IN YOUR REPLY FOR EASY COMMUNICATIONS.CONTACT ME BY EMAIL ON YOUR RECEIPT OF THIS MAIL: SO THAT WE DISCUSS MORE ABOUT OUR INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP IN OUR COUNTRY.
AS I WAIT TO HEAR FROM YOU.
REMAIN BLESSED, BEST REGARDS DR, TOM BELLO