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RE: [dvd-discuss] Judge Tosses Tech Copyright Law Challenge

On 10-Apr-2003 Dean Sanchez wrote:
> So, you don't have standing unless you're actually sued.  In other words,
> you won't have to mortgage your house to pay your legal bills as long as
> you don't upset us.  This is just legal extortion.  Compare this with -
> "Your building won't burn down as long as you buy your concrete from us"
> speech that a thug might make.
> This just reinforces the idea that companies can threaten lawsuits, but
> never have to follow through.  Talk about stifling research or discussion;
> unless you have deep pockets ( or nothing to lose) or a group that does
> have the resources to support you, who can afford to risk drawn-out
> litigation?
> Isn't this barratry? Is barratry no longer an illegal action?

Sounds more like terrorism to me.  There must be something in
all those draconian "terrorism" related laws that can be used
against these kind of threats.

Jim Bauer, jfbauer@comcast.net