Volume 2 03-31-00 @ 11:29 PM(cst)

In This Issue Maintenance Program
==>by Steven Leahy
Judge OKs Deep Linking
==>by Steven Leahy
ACEC Fails to Reach Agreement
==>by Steven Leahy

Plus -- The Quote of the Day Maintenance Program

Steven Leahy
Tonight, I was adding some administrative components to the newsletter software (I code in Perl5). I was adding a preview function, so I can see the newsletter before it goes out to the world. And, guess what. I sent out a trial issue to the entire list. (Do you recognize the movie I was watching when I typed the filler? Answer next time). Sorry. I know how annoying junk email can be. It will not happen again (I hope).

Now that the apology is out of the way, I want to invite you to visit our "Games" section. I will add a new game every week. Because this is the first week, there is only one game on the system - Bust Out. Bust Out is a version of the old Breakout game. Come on over to and get the latest news, voice your opinion on our Bulletin Board then play a game. What more could you ask for?

Judge OKs Deep Linking

Steven Leahy, a unit of tickets leader Ticketmaster, lost the first round in U.S. District Judge Harry Hupp's federal courtroom today. Ticketmaster brought suit againt upstart to prevent from linking to pages deep within's web-site without permission.

''We are not against hyperlinking by itself,'' Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch Chief Executive Charles Conn. ''We're fine if they push someone to our front door. But when that hyperlinking is done on a wholesale basis, by a direct competitor purely to advance their own interests, then we think that is wrong.'' ''If we spend substantial moey to build up a site, why should they be able to take that and build their business on the backs of our hard work?'' Ticketmaster attorney Robert Platt argued.

Judge Hupp held that ''deep linking by itself . . . does not necessarily involve unfair competition.'' That is good news for start-up companies that fear copyright infringement suits by competitors they link to.

ACEC Fails to Reach Agreement

Steven Leahy
The Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce (ACEC) has not given up on taxing Internet retail transactions. The Clinton administration continues "to support and believe that there is substantial consensus on the following substantive positions:

1. No Internet Access Taxes

2. No Multiple and Discriminatory Taxes

3. Simplification and Reformation of State and Local Taxes on Telecommunications

4. Simplification of State and Local Sales and Use Taxes

5. Review of the Continued Viability of the Federal Excise Tax on Communications

6. No Customs Duties on Electronic Transmissions

7. Fair International Taxation

I would like to see a permanent moratorium on Internet sales taxes. Unfortunately, I do not think the government or big business will allow a moratorium, too much potential income.

Quote of the Day

Fellow Citizens: I am again called upon by the voice of my country to execute the functions of its chief magistrate. When the occasion proper for it shall arrive, I shall endeavor to express the high sense I entertain of this distinguished honor, and of the confidence which has been reposed in me by the people of united America.

Previous to the execution of any official act of the president the Constitution requires an oath of office. This oath I am now about to take, and in your presence: That if it shall be found during my administration of the government I have in any instance violated willingly or knowingly the injunctions thereof, I may (besides incurring constitutional punishment) be subject to the upbraidings of all who are now witnesses of the present solemn ceremony.

==>George Washington (2nd Inaugural Address)

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