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Posted 23 Mar 2000 00:00:00 UTC

Apparently the corporate media feels it not only owns the Internet, but that it can control opinions and expression as well.

Late Wednesday, we received the following letter via email. It concerned one of many "freedom of expression" sites that 2600 is involved with.

----- Forwarded message -----

From: "Lusins, Gillian (NBC)" Gillian.Lusins@nbc.com
To: "'emmanuel@2600.com'" emmanuel@2600.com
Subject: Website
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 17:43:47 -0500
X-Mailer: Internet Mail Service (5.5.2448.0)

Dear Mr. Goldstein,

I am counsel to National Broadcasting Company, Inc. You are listed as the technical contact for the following site: www.fucknbc.com. The site is currently listed as belonging to "CORE - THE INTERNET COUNCIL OF REGISTRARS, and the site is currently pointing to NBC.com. The use of NBC's name in this domain name constitutes trademark infringment, and is also a violation of our copyright interest in the NBC.com site. Please be aware that a letter is being sent to the listed owners of this site, and that if the site is not taken down immediately, and arrangements made to cease and discontinue all use of this name, we will pursue all necessary legal remedies including instituting litigation in the appropriate venues. Please contact me to discuss this matter upon receipt of this letter at gillian.lusins@nbc.com. Thank you.

Gillian Lusins

Because e-mail can be altered electronically, the integrity of this communication cannot be guaranteed.

----- End forwarded message -----

It's clear to us that the people at NBC have become separated from some key bits of logic so we will try and help them out.

Free speech is at the heart of the net. While companies and other entities are entitled to protect their trademarks, it is entirely acceptable for sites like www.aolsucks.com, www.fuckfrance.com, and even www.fuckgeorgewbush.com to exist without fear of harassment. We invite NBC (or anyone else, but let's give them first crack at it) to register fuck2600.com or 2600sucks.com. And if we feel like registering www.nbcsucksbecausetheyhavelawyerswithtoomuch- timeontheirhands.com, no legal threat is going to convince us not to fight for this very fundamental freedom.

We think NBC may have been confused because we were pointing www.fucknbc.com to www.nbc.com. Perhaps they thought we had STOLEN their web site. We've seen bigger leaps in corporate logic so this conclusion is entirely possible. Let us be clear - we were merely POINTING one site to another, something that is perfectly acceptable in the world of the Internet. If your mortal enemy decides to point his/her site at your site, there's not a damn thing you can do about it, nor should you want to. It's how the net works. But, since NBC has brought it up, we would like to have this site do something more than what it's doing now. As a first step towards this, we have pointed the site to this new material they so graciously provided us with. We would like to see a more comprehensive fucknbc site become established. Please email us if you'd like to put together such a site.

And if NBC has the guts to apologize, we'll post that too.

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