On 6/1/97 1:12 PM, Christopher Knight (email@example.com)
>1.I have no intention to trademark MAJORDOMO, nor will I.
You would get in serious legal trouble if you did. In fact, if the
people at Great Circle wanted to take action, you could get into serious
legal trouble *right now*.
>2.I have no intention to muddy the waters, nor destroy the great
>contribution to society majordomo has delivered.
But you already *have* muddied them. It will only be more confusing to
unsuspecting users than it is *now* if the creators of Majordomo "share"
that name with you, when it really belongs to them. I keep hearing the
words "bait and switch" in my mind...
>3.I have no intention to market a commercial product under the Majordomo
>name, nor will I.
Ahem. Go look at your web site. "A Majordomo dealer?" Yes, it's still
on your page. Get a load of this email address: "firstname.lastname@example.org?"
This is egregious.
Much of the "content" on your site suggests you have the rights to and
created Majordomo, as has been pointed out by others. Using an email
address like the one above clearly suggests that not only do you own the
name but that you own a company called "Majordomo." You are deceiving
people to benefit yourself. It's too late to make statement #3. You
buried the truth three levels deep, and you know many people aren't going
to even look at that because they *already assume* that you own the name
and the software, because you are using that domain name.
>4. An opportunist, and entrapeneur, Yes...I guess I am. But did you also
>recall that I have opened my arms to the Majordomo community to use the
>domain/website to extend the Majordomo efforts, upon Brent's request. Do
>you understand what I am saying, Kent? I am saying I want to SHARE the
>opportunity, so lets lose the badgering, and get down to HOW this
>opportunity can benefit more folks!...:-
Forgive my cynicism, but this seems akin to one person writing a
manuscript, another person stealing and taking credit for it, and then
after much written pressure, offering to "share" writing credit with the
original and sole author of the work. This approach is a few bricks
short. You simply don't have the right to use that name. Your good
intentions seem to be trailing far behind your willingness to trample
other people's hard work to make a buck for yourself, and as such your
intentions have little credibility.
There is one legitimate solution to this issue, and that is to give the
name to the people who have the right to use it. Others have been
successfully sued for what you are now doing, Mr. Knight.
In addition, I guarantee you have wasted many, many people's time who
have stopped at your web site looking for the real Majordomo site. You
and I both know that every person who does a search for the official site
is going to find yours *first* which is that many more people you've been
able to advertise to, and that many more people who are unclear about the
relationship you *don't* have with Great Circle. You and everyone on
this list knows what's going on here, and there's no way you can talk
yourself out of it. You cannot *share* with your victims what you have
*stolen* from them.
"...awakening is never the product of force but arises through a resting
of the heart and an opening of the mind."
--Jack Kornfield, _A Path With Heart_