|Princeton Cemetery, January 1996|
I also knew they'd eventually figure it out and write me a threatening letter. Well, they finally did. They sent notice that ``United Media intellectual property cannot be used... without the express, written consent of UFS'' and pointed out how they could make my life unpleasant if I didn't remove the page.
I asked a lot of laywers for their advice. I got some great feedback. I also sparked a raging
debate on a law and
policy mailing list. After carefully reading 160 messages of
lawyers arguing about my page and the issues surrounding it, I decided to
take the safe exit and remove my page.
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Thanks to all my friends, colleagues, and family for supporting me and cheering me on.
Thanks to all the Dilbert Hack Page readers who voiced their support for me. Many sent their opinions to United Media's executives, their lawyers, and Scott Adams himself.
A huge thank-you-very-much goes out to Karen Coyle, Susan Evoy, Larry Hunter, Carl Page, and Al Whaley from CPSR (Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility). They introduced me to Cyberia-L, the Noderhaug and Oberding paper, and other helpful resources.
Cyberia-L has been an immensely valuable source of information. My page really struck a nerve with their community, and I deeply thank them for their wonderful discussions: Warren Agin, Rob Apgood, Dan Burk, Edward Cavazos, Linda Defendeifer, Sean Donelan, Seth Finkelstein, Mike Godwin, Jason Gull, Trotter Hardy, Bruce Hayden, Howard Knopf, Mark Lemley, Wes Morgan, David Post, William Quick, Bill Sommerfeld, Bill Stewart, Bob Stock, Eugene Volokh, Bryan Wildenthal, and others who I may have forgotten.