by Henry Charles Mishkoff
About the Author|
To do this story justice, "Taubman Sucks!" would have to be created as a collaborative effort involving four different people:
As luck would have it, Henry Charles Mishkoff happens to be all four of these people.
Mishkoff has written two books, a dozen magazine and newspaper articles, and numerous reference manuals. Additionally, his first short story was awarded the Grand Prize in a contest sponsored by the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Mishkoff's published books are:
Mishkoff's magazine and newspaper articles include:
Mishkoff, a computer professional since 1970, has held positions as a programmer, a systems designer, and a project manager. He's developed and taught courses on telecommunication and other aspects of computer technology. Since 1983, Mishkoff has largely been self-employed as a computer consultant.
Mishkoff founded WebFeats, the first independent web-development company in the D/FW area, in 1995. Since then, Mishkoff has created and maintained websites for national and local companies including the Cellular One Group, HeartPlace at Baylor, Cardiovascular Innovations, Champagne DeMeric, Wyndham Travel, and Nursefinders.
As a hobby, Mishkoff has used the Internet to explore and document his family history (which led directly to the organization of the first-ever Mishkoff family reunion). He regularly pursues several additional Internet-related hobbies and as documented in "Taubman Sucks!", it was one of those hobbies that, to his surprise, led directly to Mishkoff's status as...
On August 7, 2001, the Taubman Company sued Mishkoff for trademark infringement, claiming that his ShopsAtWillowBend.com website was unfairly competing with them and was confusing consumers.
In the succeeding 18 months, Mishkoff was subjected to an unrelenting series of venomous legal attacks. Taubman's lawyers did not hesitate to stoop to misrepresentation, deception, and even flagrant lies in the dogged pursuit of the victory that eventually eluded them. Thanks to the help of a stunningly supportive Internet community, he managed to marshal the resources he needed to withstand the onslaught.
On February 7, 2003, Mishkoff emerged victorious from what has become known as the "TaubmanSucks case." A precedent-setting decision by the United States Court of Appeals defended Mishkoff's right of free speech and explicitly extended First Amendment rights to the use of trademarks in domain names.
In "Taubman Sucks!", Mishkoff draws on his all his years of experience as a writer, a computer geek, an Internet guru, and most importantly as the defendant in the TaubmanSucks case to present a first-person view of the lawsuit that made Internet and legal history.
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