Posted by Paul Andrew Mitchell, B.A., M.S. on September 08, 1998 at 23:07:42:
In Reply to: Re: Sample of hacked page from "The Federal Zone" posted by friend on September 08, 1998 at 22:21:09:
We have made a lot of material available for free
in this Supreme Law Library, and we have privately
financed its development. This much should be
obvious to anyone with Internet access.
But, when it comes to "The Federal Zone," I have
expressly reserved all of my exclusive rights of
authorship in this work. These include, among
others, my right to refuse anyone else to make
modifications, my right to refuse anyone else
to place a modified version on the Internet,
and my right to enforce removal of all copies,
AT MY DISCRETION. The exact language in the
Preface is "sole discretion of the author."
The example I gave above was placed here to show
what happens to the text, when copyright violators
ignore the special restrictions which I have
stated in the copyright notices found in every
version. Crucial information is lost, and
the damages compound themselves.
I will NOT be made to blame because these
violators have victimized themselves --
by a selective reading of the Preface,
or by their deliberate ignorance of
that Preface. We are ignorant of the
things we choose to ignore.
I will NOT make public my numerous criteria
for determining the integrity of any electronic
portions of the book. Those who never bothered
to pay the $25 fee, never obtained an authorized
version from me, and therefore they have nothing
to compare with their stolen copy(s). This is
the indefensible legal position in which they
have chosen to place themselves, and I will
prosecute them for these criminal violations,
when that time finally arrives.
Moreover, the "hacked" version remains on the
Internet, directly contrary to statements
published on the Internet by the responsible
party. In other words, that party is lying.
This remains the case, even after that party
received proper and lawful notices from us,
demanding that all extant copies be removed
from all computers to which that party has
had any write access whatsoever.
So, because the copyright violations have been
so egregious and widespread, my position is
simple and direct: ALL COPIES MUST BE REMOVED
FROM THE INTERNET, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, WITHOUT
If we are to retain rights guaranteed by the
U.S. Constitution, I should hope that the
exclusive rights of authors will be among
those rights which defenders of the Constitution
aggressively defend. Sadly, this is not the case,
and a rather embarrassing double standard has
now developed among those who would champion
these very rights.
Unfortunately, enemies of the constitution are
quite indiscriminate in their attacks on every
single right guaranteed therein.
It is quite a pathetic pattern to behold.
/s/ Paul Andrew Mitchell, B.A., M.S.
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