Reply to Gina LoSasso
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
From: Kevin Langdon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 05 Jul 2001 00:23:12 -0700
Subject: [mega] Re: forums
At 02:56 PM 5/6/01 -0400, Gina LoSasso wrote:
> Hello Kevin,
> I hope you had an enjoyable vacation and do hope you share
> some photos.
To come shortly.
> Regarding your recent application and continued participation in
> the forums hosted in affiliation with the Mega Foundation and
> UltraHIQ websites (megafoundation, ultrahiq, megasociety, ctmu),
> we kindly ask your willingness to abide by the terms of our Visitor
> Agreement: www.ultrahiq.net/UltraHIQ/Visitors.html
Your use of the term "mega" in "Mega Foundation," "megasociety,"
and other phrases tends to confuse the public and constitutes laying
claim to a name that is, in fact, the intellectual property of the Mega
Society, which is now in the process of deciding whether to take
legal action to put an end to your misappropriation of our name.
Therefore, I cannot agree with some of the provisions of the
Agreement (see below).
> Specifically, it requires that individuals refrain from threats of
> litigation. We ask that you verify your willingness to do so if you
> wish to continue to have access to Noesis-E
Your appropriation of the name of the journal of the Mega Society
is also a trademark infringement.
> and our various forums by replying to this email with a statement
> to that effect.
I trust that this message makes my position clear.
> We ask for this clarification because we have had problems with
> you in the past and, in fact, you are currently threatening litigation
> related to the content of our Mega Society East forum.
Our concern has nothing to do with the content of your forum, but
with what you call it.
> If you cannot abide by the Visitor Agreement, we ask that you
> remove yourself from any of our forums and email lists and refrain
> from accessing our websites as continuing to utilize and access
> these services constitutes implicit agreement with the particulars
> contained therein.
It does not and I decline to either remove myself from your lists or
refrain from accessing your websites. As an officer of the Mega
Society it is my duty to remain informed about your activities.
> Otherwise, we welcome and look forward to your constructive
> participation in our community!
What would be *constructive* would be to institute democratic
institutions instead of the tyranny that now exists in the MF/Ultranet/
"Global High-IQ Community," etc.
The whole thing with Chris always boils down to his fear of
> Dr. Gina Lynne LoSasso
> Executive Director
> Mega Foundation
> Visit the UltraHIQ Galaxy!
> Visitor Agreement
> Welcome to the UltraHIQ website, a service of the Mega
> Please read this visitor agreement; by using this service, you accept
> its terms.
That is not true. Acceptance of terms must be explicit. I don't accept
anything unless I say so. Negative-option is invalid.
> This visitor agreement applies to the ultrahiq, megafoundation,
> and ctmu domains that are hosted virtually within our community and
> physically on the Virtual LogistiX server.
> The Web is an evolving medium; we may change the terms of this
> agreement from time to time. By continuing to use the service after
> we post any such changes, you accept this agreement, as modified.
I do not accept the agreement under any circumstances.
> The Mega Foundation respects the privacy of our users. Please
> The material that appears on this website is for informational
> purposes only.
It's information. It's pretty hard to use information for non-
informational purposes. You can't burn it in your gas tank.
> Despite our efforts to provide useful and accurate information,
> errors may appear from time to time. Before you act on
> information you've found on our site, you should confirm any
> facts that are important to your decision.
A good idea in any case.
> The Mega Foundation is not responsible for, and cannot guarantee
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> associated parties.
Still more trademark infringements.
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. . . ironically . . .
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The copyright law also permits what is called "fair use."
> No Framing -- Without the prior written permission of the Mega
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> Permissions Department, either by email, or at the address above.
You are the ones who've tried to frame *me*. It's a good thing the
members of Prometheus saw through your campaign to blame me
for the unpleasantness Chris started.
> Trademarks -- You may not use any trademark or service mark
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> UltraHIQ Community, UltraHIQ, Mega Society East and Mega Girls.
All of these uses of "Mega" are infringements of the Mega Society's
trademark and therefore illegal.
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Or eat anyone else's tunafish. ;-)
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> Civility agreement and Non-Litigation Clause
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> While we encourage spirited intellectual debate in all of our forums,
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This is precisely what you and Chris are seemingly incapable of doing.
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It would be absurd, under the present circumstances, to agree to any
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Make it a democracy.
Insofar as the so-called Visitor's Agreement purports to constitute a
waiver, release or covenant not to sue by anyone who subcribes to
the "forums," it is unenforceable. In particular, those of us who
believe that the continued use of pre-existing trademarks and
tradenames violates the rights of the Mega Society and its members
reserve the right to remain informed concerning those activities and
to use electronic or print copies of Internet or print publications in
support of our claims. Further, the right to comment regarding false
claims or debatable assertions in any forum is reserved. Although
you have the option to desubscribe those who disagree with your
actions, that would only underscore your inability to accept any
criticism, no matter how civilly it may be expressed.