Letter from Linda Defendeifer

Date:         Thu, 1 Aug 1996 10:00:50 -0500 (CDT)
From:         Linda Defendeifer <defendei@alexia.lis.uiuc.edu>
Subject:      Copyright Litigation
To:           dwallach@CS.Princeton.EDU


I have followed with interest material regarding your dispute with UM, as presented on one of our bulletin boards here at the U of I Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

I am a Yale Law School graduate with 13 years' experience in law as paralegal, law student, and lawyer.

Let me urge you, as you are considering how to proceed, to talk not only with lawyers but with people who have been individual parties to major litigation. If you decide to engage with UM, you will need to be prepared to have your life totally disrupted for several years, in an extremely unpleasant way. It is probably accurate to say that you will never be the same afterward, regardless of the outcome of the dispute.

As enormous as may be the financial costs of litigation, the personal costs dwarf them.

I wish you the best, whatever you decide.

Linda Defendeifer


LINDA DEFENDEIFER            Ashley-Perry Statistical Axioms, #3: 
P.O. BOX 1642                Skill in manipulating numbers 
CHAMPAIGN, IL  61824           is a talent,
                               not evidence of divine guidance.
  uiuc.edu                   --Internet Funny Bone, July 9, 1996      


Dan Wallach, CS Department, Rice University
Last modified: Mon Aug 05 11:20:35 1996