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From TOKI...@aol.com
Subject Re: Funny stuff
Date Mon, 06 Mar 2000 13:40:29 GMT

In a message dated 00-03-06 12:55:19 EST, you write:

> Does Apple or MS prevent
> people from using apple.gid or microsoft.gif or windows.gif
> as NAMES of GIFs?? :) :)

Not currently... but they could if they wanted to.

Looks like the law is coming down on the side of those
who consider any document or file 'sitting on the web' to
be covered under the 'published materials' laws. If the
name is accessible to the public ( such as the name of
an entity on a Web page ) then is considered 'published'.

'Deep drilldowns' and file/page names that are NOT mentioned
in any 'public' html document still seem to remain, in the
courts eyes, 'unpublished' material.

This whole thing about 'search engines' finding 'other peoples
pages' is going to get nastier as the days go by. The debate 
is being fueled by recent findings that when Joe/Jane Q. Surfer is
looking for something he/she won't even ask for the second page
of a search result. If it isn't on the first page he/she gives up.

I have already heard that some search engines are going to start
charging a fee to 'prioritize' the hits which means if you have
the bucks you can pay them to 'bubble' all your page hits
to the top. Top of the list goes to the highest bidder.

Kevin Kiley
CTO, Remote Communications, Inc.
http://www.RemoteCommunications.com

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