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It's Official: LAT/WP vs Free Republic Settles
LAT/WP vs Free Republic ^ | June 19, 2002 | Jim Robinson

Posted on 06/19/2002 1:54:11 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

I just received official word that our settlement with the LAT/WP in their alleged copyright infringement and unfair competion suit against Free Republic (click Source link above for complete history of the case) is completely finalized with the court. I do not have a copy of the final order yet, but the basic terms are as follows:

I will post the entire final order including the list of related publications as soon as I receive a copy and get it scanned in.

Well, my fingers are not cold and dead and my keyboard has not been ripped away. While this is not entirely a win for FR, neither is it a crushing defeat. Free Republic is alive and well and the fight against liberalism continues on. It's a crying shame that the hallowed words of the WP/LAT will no longer grace our pages, but, somehow, I am sure we will manage to live on without them.

And despite what our detractors may say, we have not committed any crimes or broken any laws and we have not admitted to any guilt. We have negotiated a mutual agreement and settlement with the LAT/WP and have agreed upon satisfactory terms for continuing forward without having to spend the rest of our lives in court.

Many thanks to all of you for your past and continuing support.

Regards.

Jim Robinson



TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: freerepublic; latwp; lawsuit; losangelestimes; sanfrancisco; washingtonpost
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1 posted on 06/19/2002 1:54:11 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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WONDERFUL!!!!!! FREEREPUBLIC LIVES :)
2 posted on 06/19/2002 1:55:13 PM PDT by Cool Guy
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To: Jim Robinson
Excellent. That's hardly the win the LA Times and WP were looking to score.
3 posted on 06/19/2002 1:55:32 PM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: Jim Robinson
Thanks, Jim. Long live Free Republic!!
4 posted on 06/19/2002 1:55:45 PM PDT by Carolina
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To: Jim Robinson
*Clicking heels*

Them clymers thought FR would be gone by now...BWUHAHAHAH
5 posted on 06/19/2002 1:56:36 PM PDT by smith288
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To: Jim Robinson
A big Mazel Tov to you! Looks like a pretty decent settlement from over here!
6 posted on 06/19/2002 1:56:43 PM PDT by Yehuda
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To: Jim Robinson
BIG BUMP!
7 posted on 06/19/2002 1:57:38 PM PDT by bobbyd
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To: Jim Robinson
Congratulations, Jim! This is a victory in my book, what with all the doomsayers predicting we'd be shut down. FR lives on!
8 posted on 06/19/2002 1:58:47 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Yehuda
Thanks for reminding me I needed more liners for the bird cage.

Does this mean you'll be removing the "Legal Fees" button when donating?

&^)

9 posted on 06/19/2002 1:59:09 PM PDT by SGCOS
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To: Jim Robinson
Congrats!! Who needs the ComPost or the Slimes anyway?! Not like we can't find other sources to discuss.

FReegards...MUD

10 posted on 06/19/2002 1:59:10 PM PDT by Mudboy Slim
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To: Carolina
Freedom of ideas receives a reprieve from those who would like to close down conservative commentary.
11 posted on 06/19/2002 1:59:24 PM PDT by meenie
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To: Jim Robinson
Congrats Jim. This is a victory. All of your enemies were crowing how you would owe WP/LAT a million bucks and FR would be shut down. Instead, Free Republic lives on!
12 posted on 06/19/2002 1:59:31 PM PDT by Rodney King
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To: Jim Robinson
I'll bet this is a load off your back.

Congratulations, JimRob! You surely did hang in there.

13 posted on 06/19/2002 1:59:40 PM PDT by Slip18
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To: Jim Robinson
So, from the Freeper's perspective, nothing has changed, correct?
14 posted on 06/19/2002 1:59:46 PM PDT by marvlus
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To: Jim Robinson
A loud, motivated, Marine Corps URRAH!

All hands splice the mainbrace!

15 posted on 06/19/2002 2:00:17 PM PDT by Poohbah
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To: jdogbearhunter; da_toolman
Ping
16 posted on 06/19/2002 2:00:27 PM PDT by Atsilvquodi
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To: Jim Robinson
Congradulations, Jim. You and the defense team did well. Free Repbulic lives to see another day.
17 posted on 06/19/2002 2:00:31 PM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Jim Robinson
Congratulations. Most of the Washington Post articles I read are simply because JohnHuang2 has an essay attached to them, anyway!

I am happy this was settled to your satisfaction.

18 posted on 06/19/2002 2:00:31 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Jim Robinson
Great news!! SO basically where LAT and WP are considered we do same as always..LOL

Jim, I really am sorry you had to pay anything for this situation....

Perhaps as a punishment no articles from LAT and WP for a while...they think they are so popular...let them be without our help. They have nothing useful to add anyway to any current events. Most of their stuff is sourced from AP anyway.

19 posted on 06/19/2002 2:00:45 PM PDT by alisasny
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To: Jim Robinson
Thank you for your dedication to the First Amendment and we appreciate the headaches you endured for freedom!
20 posted on 06/19/2002 2:01:36 PM PDT by Gophack
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To: Jim Robinson; JohnHuang2; Snow Bunny; AFVetGal; Lazamataz; OneidaM; Texaggie79; Sir Gawain; ...
BUMP!
21 posted on 06/19/2002 2:01:39 PM PDT by Cool Guy
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To: Jim Robinson
Great Settlement! There is never a total victory in Court.
22 posted on 06/19/2002 2:01:55 PM PDT by Kaisersrsic
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To: Jim Robinson
Thank you. Refraining from posting WP and LAT articles will not be difficult, believe me!

I can think of a few obsessive-compulsive AFers who now may want to consider untwisting their knickers.

23 posted on 06/19/2002 2:02:01 PM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Jim Robinson
Congratulations Jim, and to all that helped. Keep up the good work.
24 posted on 06/19/2002 2:02:18 PM PDT by BigBlueJon
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To: Jim Robinson
Thank you for fighting!
25 posted on 06/19/2002 2:02:24 PM PDT by Cool Guy
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To: Miss Marple; Jim Robinson
Isn't that the truth. The only use of the WP is John Haung's ability to cut their articles to mince meat!!!
26 posted on 06/19/2002 2:02:38 PM PDT by alisasny
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To: Jim Robinson
Wooo Hooo!!!

It's certainly not what LAT/WP were hoping for, that's exciting. I'm a little bummed about the fines, but under the circumstances I think we came off better than they did.

Good for you JimRob. Thanks to you and everyone else for fighting the good fight.

27 posted on 06/19/2002 2:02:47 PM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: Jim Robinson
Congratulations. Fact is, a brief excerpt from the L.A. Times is about all I can take without losing my breakfast.
28 posted on 06/19/2002 2:02:59 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Jim Robinson
Does this set precedent for other news sources to do the same and file suit? I mean, will the AP or somebody sue next?
29 posted on 06/19/2002 2:03:01 PM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: Jim Robinson
Well done fella. My congratulations to all involved.
30 posted on 06/19/2002 2:03:35 PM PDT by Flashman_at_the_charge
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To: Jim Robinson
One has only to look at the history of the WP/LaTimes to see where the problem was and still is. It was never money or legal rights, it was ideology, pure and simple.
31 posted on 06/19/2002 2:03:39 PM PDT by cynicom
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To: Jim Robinson
This is a tragedy of biblical proportions for the boys over at "Free Republic Death Watch". Whatever will they do now?

Perhaps we need a "Free Republic Death Watch" death watch.

32 posted on 06/19/2002 2:05:24 PM PDT by TomB
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To: Jim Robinson; Howlin; Miss Marple; Ernest_at_the_Beach; RonDog; hchutch; WIMom; BADJOE; ...
Congratulations! This is a win!

No big loss here. No real conservative would ever "cite" either of these left wing fish wraps for any meaningful thread. Only the disruptors love the Slimes and Compost!

With most of their biased opeds, 7 lines is often 7 lines too much!

33 posted on 06/19/2002 2:05:35 PM PDT by Grampa Dave
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"It's a crying shame that the hallowed words of the WP/LAT will no longer grace our pages, but, somehow, I am sure we will manage to live on without them."

LOL! Great news.

All DUmmies, Sore Losermen and assorted clymers can go stick it!

34 posted on 06/19/2002 2:05:48 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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Thanks to you, John and the rest of the gang for hanging in there - to benefit us all. I know firsthand how eager you must have been to get the lawyers out of your life.
35 posted on 06/19/2002 2:06:01 PM PDT by Hank Rearden
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To: Jim Robinson
Whew. . .As one who finds receiving registered mail upsetting, I can't imagine what an ordeal this has been for you and your family. Thank you for standing up for liberty.
36 posted on 06/19/2002 2:06:21 PM PDT by LarryLied
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YAHOO!!!!! That's great news Jim. $5,000 each? LOL

Too bad they weren't smart enough to let us post their articles in full, they might be doing a lot better today. As it is, I rarely click on the links to them because of their stance in this, I won't give them the hits.

37 posted on 06/19/2002 2:06:32 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Jim Robinson
Great News Jim, Count me in for an additional donation to help pay the settlement, I'm sure many more will do the same.

Congrats & Eagles Up

38 posted on 06/19/2002 2:06:37 PM PDT by MJY1288
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To: Jim Robinson
Good deal Jim. We continue to ride!

SCOUTS OUT!

39 posted on 06/19/2002 2:06:39 PM PDT by ladtx
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To: Jim Robinson
While this is not entirely a win for FR, neither is it a crushing defeat. Free Republic is alive and well and the fight against liberalism continues on.

Anytime you don't lose a fight against the bigs, you've won a big battle.

Congratulations, and thanks!

40 posted on 06/19/2002 2:06:44 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: Jim Robinson
Excellent and congratulations.
 
(Personally, I wish the Slimes would sue my husband for bringing that trash into the house most mornings. The cost of the heart medication I'm going to need one day when they really torque my ticker will dwarf any fees you had to shell out :-/ )

41 posted on 06/19/2002 2:06:46 PM PDT by AnnaZ
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To: Jim Robinson
Hallelujah!
42 posted on 06/19/2002 2:07:17 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: Jim Robinson
EAGLES UP !!!
43 posted on 06/19/2002 2:07:48 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: Jim Robinson
Jim ! ! You rock ! !
44 posted on 06/19/2002 2:07:59 PM PDT by ChadGore
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To: mykdsmom; ncweaver; ncpastor; Howlin; Pamlico; Congressman Billybob; a4drvr; blackbag; jamz; ...

Breaking News, NC Freepers!

45 posted on 06/19/2002 2:08:10 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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>>It's a crying shame that the hallowed words of the WP/LAT will no longer grace our pages, but, somehow, I am sure we will manage to live on without them.

Trouble is their so-called "news" is editorializing for the left. Call it propoganda.

As such, they should accept criticism.

We still have M. Dowd to kick around.

46 posted on 06/19/2002 2:08:28 PM PDT by The Raven
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To: Jim Robinson
Cool! Good job.
47 posted on 06/19/2002 2:09:18 PM PDT by stands2reason
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To: Jim Robinson
Fantastic news! I'm happy you still have your fingers ;-)
48 posted on 06/19/2002 2:09:19 PM PDT by WIMom
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To: Jim Robinson
SCORE!!! God bless yuh...
49 posted on 06/19/2002 2:09:25 PM PDT by g'nad
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To: Jim Robinson
Great news!

Wash Post has been carrying the AP articles linked from Drudge but I found the Las Vegas Sun also carries them. I would recommend anyone reserching for an AP article, go visit the Las Vegas Sun and get their link from there.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/new s/beltway/
50 posted on 06/19/2002 2:09:28 PM PDT by PhiKapMom
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