Re: Napster: thoughts and comments?

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Fri Jul 14 2000 - 07:40:37 MDT

Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
> > > If you think "I'm not making money" is an excuse, put up a fan
> > > website for a popular movie or TV show and see what happens.
> >
> > Where such websites get nailed is the unauthorized use of trademarks, logos,
> > etc. which do not depend upon money changing hands to be protectable..
> That's one way they get in trouble, yes. But sites with transcripts of
> the shows, for example, and no trademarks have been shut down as well.
> You absolutely /can/ be prosecuted for copyright infringement for uses
> that do not involve compensation. This has been done, successfully,
> and will continue to be done.

As I recall, there have been no cases of fan websites being shut down as a
result of an actual court order, but by mere intimidation of people unwilling to
spend their money (or money they don't have) to defend their fan websites
existence in court.

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