[MUD-Dev] AOL Lawsuit

Matt Mihaly the_logos at achaea.com
Wed Sep 5 17:12:06 New Zealand Standard Time 2001

On Tue, 4 Sep 2001, John Robert Arras wrote:
> On Sat, Sept 1, 2001, Mat Mihaly <the_logos at achaea.com> wrote:

>> A quote from the prosecution's lawyer:
> I think you could argue that MUDs are not public as long as you
> warn people that they might not like everything that gets said to
> them. Also, you can force people to sign up for your MUD and make
> it a private club if you like, like porn-of-the-month clubs on the
> Internet. I think the fact that AOL calls themselves a safe
> service has a lot to do with this lawsuit. But, OTOH, things could
> go downhill and then MUDs will have to become much more legally
> savvy, which would be a big shame.

The third option, which may be only temporary as the rest of the
world 'catches up' to America, is to run your company and MUD out of
a country that is less likely to stick its irritating governmental
fingers in places where it has no business.


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