"Taubman Sucks!" (.com)
by Henry Charles Mishkoff


Chapter 1: The Legal-Sized Envelope

Footnotes

1 OK, I didn't really remember the day of the week, I looked it up in The Virtual Perpetual Calendar (VPCalendar.net), a remarkable resource that was created in 1995 by Mark Smith, who says that he's been interested in perpetual calendars since the one he "found when a child in the telephone book." (I assume that it was the calendar that was in the telephone book, not Mark.)

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2 I found this historical weather information and a wealth of other data in online version of The Old Farmer's Almanac (Almanac.com/weatherhistory).

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3 They seem to have abandoned that name in favor of the more manageable ShopWillowBend.com.

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4 A list of registrars is maintained online at www.InterNIC.net/regist.html.

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5 For a more thorough explanation of domain names (or of any other technical terms that you may find in this book), check out the amazing Wikipedia (en.Wikipedia.org), which describes itself as "a free-content encyclopedia in many languages that anyone can edit."

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6 The more observant among you will notice that, despite the lawyers' claim, my domain name did not actually "incorporate" Taubman's trademark – it would be more accurate to say that my domain name was a subset of Taubman's trademark. I'm not suggesting that my omission of the word "the" is significant from a legal perspective, but I am suggesting that lawyers should be more attentive to the precise definitions of the words they employ, especially when they're leveling charges and making threats.

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7 Miriam-Webster OnLine (MiriamWebster.com) says that both words mean the same thing – so in plain, non-legalese English, I had just received a "stop-and-stop" letter.

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8 As I write this, the domain name ReallyBigCompany.com has not actually been registered by anyone. But by the time you read this, it probably will have been registered by someone who thinks that you'll check it out to see if anything's there. And unless someone who's associated with my agent or my publisher snaps it up before this book hits the streets, odds are that it'll be a porn site. So it goes.

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9 ABAnet.org/cpr/mrpc/rule_1_3_comm.html

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10 As you probably know, "to Google" is the new verb that has largely replaced the unwieldy phrase, "to look something up on the pre-eminent Internet search engine Google.com."

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11 www.law.Cornell.edu

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12 US Code, Title 15, Chapter 22, Subchapter III, Section 1114, paragraph (1)(a)

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13 Mama-Tech.com

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14 Cyber.Law.Harvard.edu

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