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Apr 1, 2001, 11:48 AM
Hello Macnn,

I received a letter from the legal department of apple today accusing me of sharing the OS (Which I've never done!) or any other apple software (which I don't own). They are threatening legal action! Is this happening to other people as well. There was also a spelling error in their very confusing letter. Copywrite should be spelt copyright. I've pasted it below for you interest.

> William Matthew McFarlane:
> It has come under our (Apple Legal Team) attention that you have been
> illegally sharing Apple-produced software. Please be aware that this is in
> direct contradiction with the copywrite laws of both the United States of
> America and Canada. Please also be aware that ANY sharing of the Macintosh OS
> is subject to fines ranging from $100-$10,000 plus legal expenses.
> , plus
> legal expenses.
> Thank-you
> We will email you more information as soon as our investigation of your
> activity is complete. Sincerely,
> Apple Legal Team.

Any clarification of what they are talking about would be most helpful.
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Apr 1, 2001, 11:56 AM
Sounds like a prank...
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Apr 1, 2001, 11:58 AM
you received that via email? id say its a joke. besides the fact that no lawyer/legal dept would send something like that via email, the misspelling you pointed out is just ludicrous.

you're going to have my foot at your lip in a minute, young man.

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Apr 1, 2001, 01:00 PM
Definitely sounds like a prank. What was the return email address? Did you check the headers of the email to see if it really did come from an Apple email, or whether it was relayed through another provider (which is my guess)...
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Apr 1, 2001, 02:07 PM
April Fool's perhaps?
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Apr 1, 2001, 05:36 PM
sounds like an April Fools Day joke to me ...
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Apr 1, 2001, 06:15 PM
April Fools. First of all there is no such thing as "The Apple Legal Team"...Apple, Inc. uses a lawyers firm based in Washington, DC and all correspondence comes from them and i cannot remember there name at this point. And legal notices/documents are never sent by email, LOL. As for the spelling mistake...heh, lawyers can't usually spell but they can afford spell-checking software.
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Apr 1, 2001, 08:42 PM
hi all,

yeah, i sent him the email (i'm his bro).... i love macaddict's "how to do stuff you're not supposed to do" articles... he fell for it hook line and sinker, until he clued in. shuddup about copyright....

-blobbo (aka, the blob)

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Apr 2, 2001, 12:28 AM
that was awsome
i let april fools totally slip by
but that was an awsome prank
surrey represent
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