[Politech] Lawyers for Barney the dinosaur try to rid Net of offensive images [fs]

From: Declan McCullagh (declan@private)
Date: Mon Oct 17 2005 - 22:22:55 PDT

Representative excerpt from one letter sent last week by Matthew Carlin 
of Gibney, Anthony and Flaherty, LLP 
    "It has come to the attention of Lyons Partnership that you are 
operating a web site found at URL: www.dustyfreet.com/evil/enemy.html. 
Your web site contains copyrighted Barney images.
    "The materials you are using are the intellectual property of Lyons 
Partnership. It is unlawful (pursuant to 17 U.S.C.  501(a) and other 
laws) to use this property without the permission of Lyons Partnership. 
These materials must be immediately removed. Lyons Partnership would 
prefer not to have to pursue legal remedies or contact your Internet 
Service Provider ("ISP") and inform it of your unlawful use of 
copyrighted materials (which is presumably a violation of your ISP's 
terms of service)."

Politech discussion on nastygrams from Barney, in fact the same lawyer, 
circa July 2001:



Barney: I sue you, you sue me
October 17, 2005, 4:48 PM PDT

For a plush purple dinosaur who extols the virtues of affection and 
amity, Barney can be surprisingly aggressive in his legal demands.

Barney's lawyers at the New York firm of Gibney, Anthony and Flaherty 
sent stiff warning letters last week to Web sites displaying 
less-than-flattering images of the plump saurian.

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