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Segfault.org and UserFriendly.org get shut down

Apr 01, 1999, 10:16 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Whitinger)

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Thanks to James for this link.

An unnamed third party is sueing over site content.

Segfault.org displays the notification: "This site is closed". Segfault Editor, Scott James Remnant vows: " I promise I will fight this one through to the end."

Userfriendly.org contains only a short message written by the site's legal counsel and stating "User Friendly the Comic Strip has been discontinued indefinitely in accordance with an injunction secured against the site."

A support site has been launched to report news and developments of the controversy and organize community support for the popular Web sites.

According to this site, User Friendly "is an on-line comic strip based on "Columbia Internet, the friendliest, hardest-working and most neurotic little Internet Service Provider in the world." It has enjoyed increasing success, reaping in 3 million hits a month, print syndication in two Canadian newspapers, and critical acclaim from many computer-oriented publications. Recently, a computer company (the name can not be released for legal reasons) has started litigation against the author, Illiad, for a parody of that company's product in one of his cartoons."

"We the UFies of the world are showing our support of the cartoon Userfriendly in its time of need. This litigation could be a blow for free speech on the internet everywhere. There has already been legal precedent set on rulings for print publications that a company or person that throws itself in the public arena is fair game to parody and criticism. We hope that this decision will not be reversed when tested in a new form of public media."

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