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Copyright infringement complaint from The Onion
Email from The Onion | 09/19/03 | Sean Mills

Posted on 09/19/2003 1:33:48 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

Subject: Copyright infringement

Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2003 16:27:04 -0400

From: Sean Mills smills@theonion.com

To: webmaster@freerepublic.com

Dear Free Republic,

It has come to our attention that you have published a number of pieces of Onion content at:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/keyword/onion

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/k-onion/browse

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/583819/posts

This material was published in THE ONION and the images you are presenting are being served by our servers. The material that you are publishing was published without permission of ONION, INC. Further, the material is copyrighted. You have infringed on our copyright and we, therefore, demand that you immediately cease and desist from any further use of the copyrighted material and remove the material from your website. In addition, you may not use the material in any other manner whatsoever.

Please understand that we anticipate your full and immediate cooperation in this matter. Also, please understand that we do not hesitate to enforce our rights in these situations.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Sean Mills


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1 posted on 09/19/2003 1:33:49 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: All
Please so not post anything from The Onion.

Thanks,

Jim
2 posted on 09/19/2003 1:34:14 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Conservative by nature... Republican by spirit... Patriot by heart... AND... ANTI-Liberal by GOD!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Darn shame they're limiting their exposure this way. Sigh...
3 posted on 09/19/2003 1:34:50 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (No, Travis McGee didn't pay me to say nice things. Read his book!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Caving so quick?
4 posted on 09/19/2003 1:35:06 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: Jim Robinson
Well, there goes my patronage of the onion. I used to go theref 2 - 3 times per week.
5 posted on 09/19/2003 1:35:16 PM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
So, this is satire, right?
6 posted on 09/19/2003 1:36:17 PM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: Lazamataz
There goes your fav threads, eh?
7 posted on 09/19/2003 1:36:26 PM PDT by 4mycountry (You say I'm a brat like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Rodney King
Me, too. I won't go there anymore.
8 posted on 09/19/2003 1:36:39 PM PDT by B Knotts
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To: All
I have e-mailed smills@theonion.com, not in a mean way or anything, but just pointing out to him the potential readership he is losing.
9 posted on 09/19/2003 1:37:04 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Men stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up as if nothing had happened." Churchill)
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To: Jim Robinson; red-dawg; Fiddlstix; RikaStrom; robomatik; ladyinred; error99; Max McGarrity; Gabz; ..
Everyones after a piece of the pie, aren't they?

Hey folks, a request from the man.

10 posted on 09/19/2003 1:37:08 PM PDT by Just another Joe (FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Phantom Lord
Are you volunteering to pay the damages if the Onion sues?
11 posted on 09/19/2003 1:37:28 PM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Jim Robinson
Can we post a link to their site/articles?
12 posted on 09/19/2003 1:37:39 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts ()
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To: Jim Robinson
Well, I for one have posted several things from The Onion.

This sucks.

13 posted on 09/19/2003 1:38:06 PM PDT by Constitution Day (*Avast! Today be Talk Like a Pirate Day!*)
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To: Jim Robinson
The onion stinks,no tears here;)
14 posted on 09/19/2003 1:38:32 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: B Knotts
I understand their concern, but it's misplaced. It seems that the only Onion pieces that are posted deal with topics frequently discussed here. How many Freepers have been introduced to the site because of the posts, and continue to visit their site because of the initial exposure here?

Darn shame.

15 posted on 09/19/2003 1:38:47 PM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: Constitution Day
How come this isn't under Humor?
16 posted on 09/19/2003 1:39:48 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: mountaineer
Nope. Isnt that what the FR Legal Defense Fund is for?

How long did Jim battle the LA Times and Washington Post and now an email has him cowering?

Virtually everything that starts a thread is copywrited. Soon, FR may consist of nothing buy vanity ramblings.

17 posted on 09/19/2003 1:39:52 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: Phantom Lord
"Caving so quick?"

Well, unlike news sources, the Onion is fiction, satirical at that. I suspect that Jim has no choice in this matter, for the sake of FR.

Frankly, I won't miss Onion postings. Too many folks have taken them seriously in the past, causing confusion in those threads.

No problem, Jim!
18 posted on 09/19/2003 1:40:01 PM PDT by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Jim Robinson
Well, that makes the nomenclature: LAT/WP/O.
19 posted on 09/19/2003 1:40:02 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Jim Robinson
Not even excerpts?
20 posted on 09/19/2003 1:40:11 PM PDT by MrLeRoy (The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. - Jefferson)
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