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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

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To: Cool Guy; brityank
can we consider this to be FR's Independence Day ??

Sounds good, Brityank. Let us celebrate this every year :) Let us plan our next National meet on this day to celebrate this victory.

Great idea!

151 posted on 06/19/2002 2:31:10 PM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Jim Robinson
No problem. I don't need those websites anyway. They are just the same old homogenized liberalism you can get anywhere. Same old same old. I'll pick the sources that don't suffer from such arrogance.
152 posted on 06/19/2002 2:31:27 PM PDT by RAT Patrol
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Jim Robinson
Tonkin, I appreciate the flag.

Mr. Jim, as one who has been the defendant in several nasty multi-million dollar lawsuits, it appears to me that you and Free Republic came out OK. This matter has been in the back of my mind all along.

153 posted on 06/19/2002 2:31:45 PM PDT by backhoe
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To: Jim Robinson
Woooooo! Woooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo! (Arm pumping)
154 posted on 06/19/2002 2:31:53 PM PDT by Technocrat
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To: Jim Robinson
Dear Jim, I can only imagine what you are feeling right now, having had this two-headed behemoth in front of and over you for so long. Sometimes life does hand us a good surprise after years of sweat and blood.

It is, as you said, about a good a settlement as could be gained in the circumstances, and I congratulate you and all who helped to gain it.

I also thank you for clinging to the Constitution and your principles through such an abominable attempt to crush free speech when it cuts across the grain of liberalism.

155 posted on 06/19/2002 2:32:06 PM PDT by GretchenEE
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Jim Robinson
Thanks once more, Tonk. When FR was last down for over 12 hours, I feared the worst. Phew!
156 posted on 06/19/2002 2:32:08 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Jim Robinson
It sounds like good news here. If FR is still up and functioning, it's a win in my book, especially when all our archives outside of WP/LAT are still up.
157 posted on 06/19/2002 2:33:16 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan
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To: Jim Robinson
Praise the Lord, Jim! I'm so happy for F.R.! Keep up the wonderful work you are doing!
158 posted on 06/19/2002 2:33:24 PM PDT by DittoJed2
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To: Jim Robinson
Mazel Tov!
159 posted on 06/19/2002 2:33:45 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: Jim Robinson
The sword dangling over our heads is gone, and for that I am grateful.

Wish we could have scored the Big Win, though -- being able to archive their articles. The denial of your Fair Use claim was an absolute travesty of justice. We should have been able to record, and demonstrate over time, the liberal lies that emanate from the LAT and the WP.

But at least Free Republic, and you, are out of danger.

160 posted on 06/19/2002 2:34:04 PM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: StoneColdGOP; dubyaismypresident; glock rocks; Darth Sidious; rockchalkjayhawk; Texaggie79; ...
FREEDOM DAY IN FR. Join the celebration.
161 posted on 06/19/2002 2:34:09 PM PDT by Cool Guy
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To: Jim Robinson
This is a great settlement. Litigation on this scale has huge costs, most of which are indirect. When up against "deep pockets", even a bad settlement is better than a good lawsuit.

In all probability, the fees charged those papers for the _initial drafts_ of the complaints they ultimately filed were well in excess of $5K each. This thing cost them big bucks. And they have nothing to show for it other than some bad publicity.

162 posted on 06/19/2002 2:35:02 PM PDT by surely_you_jest
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To: Jim Robinson
Congratulations Jim, I'm alive.
163 posted on 06/19/2002 2:35:17 PM PDT by TexKat
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To: Jim Robinson

Whoo Hoo!


164 posted on 06/19/2002 2:35:31 PM PDT by Incorrigible
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To: Cool Guy
Yippeeee! Are we using fireworks yet?!
165 posted on 06/19/2002 2:36:04 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Jim Robinson
Sorry, Jim,

but,

THIS IS A HUGE VICTORY!!!
Congrats on an awesomely SHREWD campaign

166 posted on 06/19/2002 2:36:20 PM PDT by xzins
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To: brityank
I can dig it !!

Freedom Is Worth Fighting For !!

Molon Labe !!

167 posted on 06/19/2002 2:37:01 PM PDT by blackie
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To: Billie
Time for the people to bring in the booze and fireworks :)
168 posted on 06/19/2002 2:37:11 PM PDT by Cool Guy
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To: Jim Robinson
It's a crying shame that the hallowed words of the WP/LAT will no longer grace our pages....

I hate those scumbags. I hope that every freeper who presently subscribes to either of these foul liberal fish-wrappers will immediately cancel. Personally, I will never click on one of their links again.

But congratulations on getting this mess resolved. They tried to kill Free Republic (they would never have gone after a popular liberal site this way) and they failed miserably. I really hope these papers go under, and soon.

169 posted on 06/19/2002 2:37:59 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: All
Just an observation, but:

Today in the South is called Juneteenth--celebration of Emancipation Day.

Kind of ironic and appropriate.
170 posted on 06/19/2002 2:38:58 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: MeeknMing
Thanks, Meek! I'm so glad and know everyone else is relieved it's over!!!!!
171 posted on 06/19/2002 2:39:24 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Jim Robinson
God bless you Jim. That has to be a huge burden off your back! Litigation sucks, after a few months you realize that only the barristers are winning. I couldn't be happier for you personally .... trailblazing new copyright law against an entity that has an entire floor devoted to their in-house counsel becomes an increasingly demoralizing reality.

I do need to ask, once again ... where the hell were Mark Levin, Larry Klayman and the Rutheford Institute to support this site in a George Foreman-Calista Flockhart type resource contest? The "great one" my ass.

Onward and upward! I never really wanted to read the LA Times or Washington Post anyway. I like reading the responses more than I like reading the articles ... although I am a bit excited about the next scoop from Janet Cooke. She's like Steely Dan. One artistic triumph every 15 years. It's once in a career for Carl Bernstein. But, in a quest for new challenges, he's been 86ed out of more Manhattan taverns than Christopher Hitchens has stumbled into. THAT'S an impact player.

Despite all the rancor, Jim, all the ill will and bitterness over this campaign of petty bullying by the Post and Times, I think it is time to bury the hatchet and send along my best regards to the ongoing health, happiness and impeccable journalistic integrity of Katie Graham, William Rasberry and Ben Bradlee.

172 posted on 06/19/2002 2:39:40 PM PDT by ArneFufkin
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To: *San FRancisco; GodBlessAmerica; Cool Guy; CounterCounterCulture; deeel-me-in; Golden Gate; ...
: ) PING!
173 posted on 06/19/2002 2:40:10 PM PDT by American Preservative
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
I am very glad this is settled. The continuing attorney's fees would have been too much to bear.

Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown

174 posted on 06/19/2002 2:40:20 PM PDT by harpseal
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To: Cool Guy; Jim Robinson
Thanks for the ping.

This has to be a weight off your shoulders. Congratulations.
175 posted on 06/19/2002 2:40:58 PM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: TomGuy
Freepteenth.
176 posted on 06/19/2002 2:41:35 PM PDT by CaptRon
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To: Jim Robinson
Praise God Jim that this is finally over for you and your family and Free Republic keeps on rolling! bilbo's wwife
177 posted on 06/19/2002 2:41:49 PM PDT by Bilbo
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To: Jim Robinson
Well, ten thousand bucks is sure better than a million. At least it's finally over.
179 posted on 06/19/2002 2:42:52 PM PDT by Sandy
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To: Jim Robinson

180 posted on 06/19/2002 2:44:57 PM PDT by Mr_Magoo
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To: Jim Robinson
Great News! Congratulations Jim and thank you for continuing to fight the good fight! Very Cool!
181 posted on 06/19/2002 2:45:47 PM PDT by cascademountaineer
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To: Jim Robinson; John Robinson
BTW, I love this little ditty by the Brain Surgeons over at the AFhole site....

There are so many strange things said on FR that we need a thread just to capture the silly, strange, odd, comments from the Freakers. Here's the first. I'll include it in context.

Originally Posted by John Robinson http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/701149/posts You now have the ability to add keywords to existing articles. In the KEYWORD column, click "Add Keyword" to access the form. You must be logged in to use this function. For security and cleanup duty, keywords added via "Add Keyword" are logged with your user id, though currently only moderators can view this information (though that may change in the future.)

Use this feature as an ad hoc topic system and replacement for the deprecated bump list register.

They then go on to mock your use of the word 'deprecated', John, claiming that you are a moron and do not know how to use the word correctly.

Meanwhile, I am laughing my a&& off, because as a senior programmer, I encounter the word all the time. The dictionary even says:

Said of a program or feature that is considered obsolescent and in the process of being phased out, usually in favour of a specified replacement. Deprecated features can, unfortunately, linger on for many years. This term appears with distressing frequency in standards documents when the committees writing the documents realise that large amounts of extant (and presumably happily working) code depend on the feature(s) that have passed out of favour.

But you never should expect the AFholes to exhibit any intelligence, that's for sure. :o)

182 posted on 06/19/2002 2:46:01 PM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Cool Guy

Jim, he's not dead!


183 posted on 06/19/2002 2:46:14 PM PDT by Senator Pardek
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To: Cool Guy


184 posted on 06/19/2002 2:46:22 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Jim Robinson
but, somehow, I am sure we will manage to live on without them

Yes, and live on quite nicely, I am certain.

185 posted on 06/19/2002 2:46:43 PM PDT by TheGrimReaper
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To: Jim Robinson
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.

Who needs 'em anyway? It's not as if most of the news they print can't be found in some form somewhere else! Congratulations!

186 posted on 06/19/2002 2:48:33 PM PDT by texasbluebell
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To: Jim Robinson
BUMP!
187 posted on 06/19/2002 2:49:08 PM PDT by Jhoffa_
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To: CaptRon; Jim Robinson; Cool Guy; Mama_Bear; All
Freepteenth.

I think ya got it CaptRon! : )

(Or, written - FReepteenth)

188 posted on 06/19/2002 2:49:50 PM PDT by American Preservative
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To: kayak
Thanks for the ping to this good news. It is great news, actually.
189 posted on 06/19/2002 2:50:16 PM PDT by whoever
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To: Jim Robinson
... Free Republic agrees to pay the Los Angeles Times $5,000 and the Washington Post $5,000 (these negotiated amounts have already been paid).

... 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.


I am VERY pleased that the court battles and worries accompanied with it are over for you, Jim.

But you'll have to forgive me Jim, I'm confused with your reply above. With all due respect, I'm sincerely interested in how one hand, as you admit above, this is indeed (sad to say) a defeat for Free Republic and yet this settlement not a complete defeat for the Fair Usage clause which, if I am not mistaken, was the original premise this was fought under ?
190 posted on 06/19/2002 2:51:15 PM PDT by pyx
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To: Jim Robinson
Nothing like dragging home from a mundane day at work to news like this! YAHOO! I will raise a cold and frosty mug of Pilsner Urquell to the Robinsons and the legal team this evening as a toast to your success!



191 posted on 06/19/2002 2:51:46 PM PDT by who knows what evil?
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To: Jim Robinson
Good news! Thanks for posting to let us know :-)
192 posted on 06/19/2002 2:52:09 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: Jim Robinson
Congratulations, Jim!
193 posted on 06/19/2002 2:52:33 PM PDT by browardchad
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To: Jim Robinson
Glad to hear this news, and happy to know this thing is not hanging over your head any longer. Congratulations!
194 posted on 06/19/2002 2:53:57 PM PDT by RJayneJ
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To: Jim Robinson
Congratulations. The settlement seems very sensible from the standpoing of all concerned.
195 posted on 06/19/2002 2:54:16 PM PDT by ned
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To: Jim Robinson
Congratulations on the finalization of this ridiculous piece of litigation. The liberals will try anything to stop real political discourse. You and the other freepers are to be congratulated on your stand.
196 posted on 06/19/2002 2:54:30 PM PDT by bonesmccoy
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To: Jim Robinson
Good News! Still seems to me that this was nothing but harrassment, but... Go FR Go!
197 posted on 06/19/2002 2:55:18 PM PDT by hattend
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To: knco
It's the community that JR has built that is what's truly remarkable.

My bold, daring and ill conceived little proposal is that if someone feels compelled to post some news item to the group, and that item is mandated to be linked and not pasted, then the poster is responsible for archiving it for later exploration. I'm sure we can work some off FR line data base out with a Headline, date, source, Title and Freeper to be contacted independent from this forum if the subject needs to be revisited. Perhaps just saving it in our own Favorite Thread area, even though the link is dead, will help us identify the Freeper who posted the original piece and who should be contacted to independently send over the in-no-way-FR-authorized-approved-or-sanctioned text of the usually offending article.

If it's not worth saving for the forum through your own individual effort and on your own personal WORM optical drive or Tandy cassette player, it's not worth posting in the first place.

I, for one, am praying for a cease and desist order from Lew Rockwell.

198 posted on 06/19/2002 2:55:19 PM PDT by ArneFufkin
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To: Just another Joe
Thanks, Joe!

BUMP

199 posted on 06/19/2002 2:55:24 PM PDT by SheLion
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To: Lazamataz
Hey it's just too bad Clarity wasn't coherent enough to settle this long ago.
200 posted on 06/19/2002 2:56:13 PM PDT by Solson
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