re: members.xoom.com/tedrico [Xoom's response to our letters]

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Wed, 5 Aug 1998 03:30:56 -0700 (PDT)


FWD OF BOUNCED NONMEMBER SUBMISSION TO HOMELESS PEOPLE'S NETWORK

Subject: re: members.xoom.com/tedrico [Xoom's response to our letters]

BOUNCE hpn@aspin.asu.edu: Tue Aug  4 19:29:16 1998
Non-member submission from [WebMaster <webmaster@xoom.com>]
Copies sent to: <tedrico@hotmail.com>, <anitra@speakeasy.org>,
        <administrator@webmasters.cc>, <pu@rocketmail.com>,
        <bcouch@frontiernet.net>, <kmjones@carolina.net>, <prop1@prop1.org>,
        <hpn@aspin.asu.edu>, <ChefNL@aol.com>, <wgcp@earthlink.net>,
        <solhanse@online.no>, <sananda@hotmail.com>, <ahs-l@american.edu>,
        <homeword@hotmail.com>, <truegrowth@sympatico.ca>,
        <mpwr@u.washington.edu>, <Majo4@aol.com>, <startritepres@yahoo.com>,
        <aallen@CapAccess.org>, <leurope@yahoo.com>, <smoherd@xs4all.nl>

Mr Latham's site was removed because he violated our Terms of Service
agreement.

Many of you have speculated as to what the cause was, and others have
made assumptions (including Mr. Latham)... none of which were correct.
It should be hard to draw such conclusions when you don't have all the
information
(and legally, I'm not allowed to give it to you... much to my chagrin.)

While I admire the work that many of you are involved with, I must say
that I'm quite shocked at the attitude, threats and demands that many of
you conveyed to me and to Xoom.

And to those of you who took a calmer, more inquisitive tone, thank you.

This was a legal issue, pure and simple.

We received a very pointed and direct complaint about a trademark
violation, and to keep both Xoom AND Ted Latham out of any possible legal
conundrum, we removed the site.

We only provide notice of removal under specific conditions, and the
threat of legal action due to trademark violation is not one of those
conditions.

We're pretty clear about such violations in our Terms of Service
agreement, for precisely this reason.

While Xoom is very happy to host sites with such noble goals, we cannot
and will not allow such violations.

thank your for your attention,

Bruce
Xoom Webmaster