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  1. #1
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    Check out this court ruling on WhenU:

    http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/interne...eut/index.html

    Paul Diemer, President
    Bit Wise Publishing, LLC
    http://www.bitwisepublishing.com

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    wow.. That ruling really surprised me.

    An excerpt from the article:

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    Lee said the ads don't violate the law because WhenU's software didn't copy or use U-Haul's trademark or copyright material, and because computer users themselves had chosen to download the pop-up software.

    "While at first blush this detour in the user's Web search seems like a siphon-off of a business opportunity, the fact is that the computer user consented to this detour when the user downloaded WhenU's computer software from the Internet," Lee said.
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    If they don't appeal tis case there may be nothing standing in GAtor's way. I am not certain, what would prevent them from going even further.. When someone types in U-Haul.com why doesn't Whenu just put up the competition's site and not even bother with the U-haul site. Afterall the user has consented to use the program.

    I guess at some point users will revolt. But that will take awhile.

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