Their letter to me was unsolicited, and therefore, is now my property. In the spirit of a free press, I am posting it so that all Simpsons fans can form their own opinion of Fox and their paid agents.
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Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 20:11:33 -0500 From: Mailhot
Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org X-Mailer: Mozilla 4.04 [en] (Win95; I) To: richard [ @ ] blauvelt [ dot ] com Subject: Simpsons Web Site X-MIME-Autoconverted: from 8bit to quoted-printable by gamma.aei.ca id UAA15861 X-MIME-Autoconverted: from quoted-printable to 8bit by shim.LABridge.com id RAA09687 Dennis L. Wilson, Esq. BAKER & HOSTETLER LLP 600 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90017-3212 (213) 624-2400 Febuary 20 , 1998 VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL Richard E. Blauvelt richard [ @ ] blauvelt [ dot ] com UNAUTHORIZED USE OF TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX PROPERTIES OUR REF. NO.: FX1335 Dear Mr Richard E. Blauvelt We are writing to you on behalf of our client, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation ("Fox"). Through our Internet monitoring program, we recently discovered that your web site (http://richard.blauvelt.com/~richard/simpsons/) incorporates material from " The Simpsons" television series, which is owned by Fox. Fox has dedicated tremendous time and resources to create quality entertainment programming such as "The Simpsons" and greatly values the comments and suggestions of fans who enjoy Fox's programs. However, the development and distribution of Fox's programs require a collaboration with many different entities, including guild organizations representing actors, directors, and writers, as well as local, national, and international television and cable stations. Based in part on these relationships, Fox has a legal responsibility, including many contractual obligations, to prevent the unauthorized distribution of its program material. Therefore, while Fox tries to support its fans whenever possible, we must respectfully ask that you remove all audio clips relating to "The Simpsons" from your web site as soon as possible. If you do not remove these properties, we may be forced to take legal action to have them removed. In addition, we note that your site contains "The Simpsons" stationary-frame images. As a show of appreciation to its fans, Fox will soon be providing a number of "The Simpsons" images for download at the Fox web site. However, at this time we must info rm you that the unauthorized display and distribution of such images may constitute a copyright violation. We, therefore, request you prominently display the following on every page of your site exhibiting "The Simpsons" images: 1. Legal Notice "The Simpsons" TM and © (or copyright) Fox and its related companies. All rights reserved. Any reproduction, duplication, or distribution in any form is expressly prohibited.; and 2. Disclaimer This web site, its operators, and any content contained on this site relating to "TheSimpsons" are not authorized by Fox. Thank you for your cooperation in this regard. Your interest in "The Simpsons" is most appreciated. Fox will continue to do its best to bring you quality entertainment. The account from which this email message was sent to you does not accept incoming email. If you wish to contact me, please write to the address listed at the top of this letter. Nothing contained in this letter constitutes an express or implied waiver of any rights, remedies, or defenses of Fox. Very truly yours, /s/ Dennis L. Wilson for BAKER & HOSTETLER LLP DLW:aml
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