Re: Yet another IP argument

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Sun Aug 13 2000 - 19:55:23 MDT

>From: "Loree Thomas" <>

>I could play battling anecdotes with you, but it wouldn't prove anything.
>You still haven't actually answered my first two objections.
>A) You are responsible for your own actions.
>B) Do the research if you are going to make an "argument from authority".
>It's a weak argument in any case... but you don't get to make stuff up.
>That isn't how reasoned discourse works.

If either of you actually desire to do the legal research, you can get free
case law online at: or

Happy hunting. BTW, I am not a family lawyer, but I'm pretty sure what you
will find is there is no "bright line" rule. I know there have been cases
where men have been held financially responsible for kids that have been
conclusively proven *not* to be biologically theirs.

I also know there have been cases involving biological (surrogate) mothers
claiming parental rights to the children they bore for other parents, and I
believe that in at least one such case the birth mother was denied parental
rights. But, like I say, I don't think there is any one rule that will
apply across the board. Like most family law cases, the rules are pretty
lax and the judge has a great deal of leeway to do what he or she feels is
in the "best interests of the child."


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