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Subject: Re: You have been added to the list-managers eGroup.
From: Miles Fidelman <mfidelman @ civicnet . org>
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 07:18:08 -0400 (EDT)
To: "Ronald F. Guilmette" <rfg @ monkeys . com>
Cc: list-managers @ GreatCircle . COM
In-reply-to: <17065 . 931585520 @ monkeys . com>

On Fri, 9 Jul 1999, Ronald F. Guilmette wrote:
> >On Fri, 9 Jul 1999, Stephanie da Silva wrote:
> >
> >> As I mentioned before, I tried subscr|bing to the
> >> list-managers list at eGroups and got this welcome message.  
> >> As you can see, it's marked as being at eGroups but it is

> I am hardly a law historian, but I would wager that there has rarely, if
> ever, been any such thing as a class action copyright infringement suit.
> Anyway, perhaps the participants on this list, in particular, might want
> to band together and make some legal history.

I'd participate in such a suit.  But.... I can see two problems:

i. the legal work in a class action suit is usually done by a law firm
that smells large amount of dollars in the eventual outcome

ii. I expect that if we brought a class action suit, would
simply stop doing what they're doing and argue that they haven't caused
anybody serious monetary harm -- hence no large amounts of dollars to pay
legal bills

As a more immediate strategy:  we can all start putting a few lines in our
welcome messages saying something like:

"This list is managed and sponsored by <whomever>.  It is NOT provided by
eGroups .... etc., etc."

We could do a lot to at least damage their credibility and good name -
which might have a faster result than the legal route.

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