From: Declan McCullagh (declan[at]well.com) To: SteelHead (brk[at]slip.net), politech[at]politechbot.com Cc: Jeanne.Hamburg@bakerbotts.com, jericho[at]attrition.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, staff[at]attrition.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2001 13:35:37 -0400 Subject: Re: More on Mastercard lawyers threatening Attrition.org over satire From my weekly Wired column... --Declan http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,44939,00.html Mastercard satire ... priceless: Mastercard lawyers are threatening the Attrition.org hacker site for a parody of the company's Priceless campaign. In e-mail to the site's operators, Mastercard's attorneys complained: "You have posted and are distributing, at the http://www.attrition.org Web address, material that infringes the MasterCard Priceless Advertisements and that further infringes MasterCard's Priceless Mark." They warned of unspecified "legal action" in the not-so-distant future. Turns out Attrition.org hosts a few dozen JPG files that include hilarious parodies of the Mastercard advertising campaign. Attrition.org wrote back saying the parodies were protected under the First Amendment: "Quit wasting both of our time. Quit harassing our upstream provider who has no control over the content of this site. Quit sending us vague threats of legal action without clearly documenting what you find objection to. Quit demanding immediate replies to mail when you refuse to show the same courtesy to me." Charles Arthur, a well-spoken writer for The Independent newspaper, offered this suggestion: Cost of searching for "priceless" and "image" on Google ... $0.00002 Cost of sending lawyernastysnailmail to nonexistent P.O. Box for attrition.org ... $1,594.32 (including bathroom break). Cost of sending lawyernastyemail with snailmail as Word to attrition.org ... $0.34 (no bathroom break). Cost of bugging attrition.org and its users and getting spread all around Politech and interesting-people and who knows where ... PRICELESS.