What do I do? (fwd)


Tung-chiang Yang (tcyang@netcom.com)
Wed, 14 May 1997 23:08:59 -0700 (PDT)

If you have enough time and money to appeal to legal actions, that could
be the only effective way. However, keep in mind that this might be
a cross-the-border lawsuit.

If I were you, I will post a story/complaint in the mountain bike newsgroup
where you participate (and also where they might find your FAQ) to let
the other readers know what is going on. I might also include some
protests in my signature file when I post. On the other hand, do not
forget to update your FAQ so the incorrect information is as little as
possible (in comparison, their plagiarized work becomes obsolete). If
with all these, people still believe more in their site instead of yours,
this newsgroup and this subject (mountain bike) do not deserve you to
spend more time.

Of course, when doing things in complaints and signatures, do not overdo
them by making them spams or terribly long signatures. One or two simple
lines should be enough for the signature.

Forwarded message:
> Date: Wed, 14 May 1997 22:46:40 -0600 (MDT)
> Message-Id: <Pine.A32.3.93.970514224359.94692H-100000@gpu5.srv.ualberta.ca>
> From: Vince Cheng <vccheng@gpu.srv.ualberta.ca>
> Subject: What do I do?
> I keep the Mountain Biking FAQ and I have found a commercial site at
> http://www.bike-link.com that is using my FAQ without telling me or
> giving me any credits. They took out sections that will direct people to
> my webpages for more FAQ info and they only left my name in the author
> intro section. They even used the old version of the FAQ and stole it
> right off the Ohio-State site. I'm quite mad and I'm thinking about going
> with some legal action here. There is no questino about it, the FAQ is
> mine and I put the little copyright thing at the end of it. What do you
> guys think I should do? I have already contacted them with no response.
> Vince

Tung-chiang Yang tcyang@netcom.com