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The letter we received from IDG is here.

The rebuttal we presented to IDG is here.

A list of 74 registered *infoworld*
domains and sites and their status is here.

Our original, and only page available to the
public (prior to hearing from IDG) is here.


 IDG is No Dummie
 They Understand How To Work Together on The Web

"If we end up providing a structure in hyperspace that allows us to work together harmoniously, that would be a metamorphosis."

Tim Berners-Lee, "father of the web", in Weaving the Web
There have been countless recent cases of corporations trying to take domain names from others by claiming trademark infringement, dilution or cybersquatting.  Most corporations relentlessly pursue their quest through the legal labyrinth because they have the deep pockets to do so, not because they are justified. It takes an enlightened  corporate staff that understands the way of the web to agree not to pursue a claim after listening to the domain owner's arguments.  And we count IDG, Inc. (owner of the Dummies books, Infoworld, PC World, MacWorld et al) right there in the category of those enlightened companies willing to work towards a peaceful co-existence on the web.
 With so many corporate bullies running around trying to gather any domain name they can, it is rare to find one that attempted what is called "reverse domain name hijacking" and then, without expensive litigation forcing them to do so, voluntarily agreed to stop all claims against a domain name and co-exist peacefully with the site. But IDG has proven itself to not be a corporate bully (unlike so many others before them) and has agreed with my proposal that all we need to do is link to them and provide a statement that we are not affiliated with them in any way.

I even offered not to show the arguments I prepared to the public, but IDG never requested that I not do so. They simply asked for a link and a referral. So, brave new world of corporate legal departments, we salute you! They also asked for no negative comments, ever, about any of their companies and we can't foresee doing that, but when I mentioned free speech, they dropped the subject. IDG is a corporation we can all be proud of for reversing their actions in this domain name situation and also for understanding freedom of speech is as valid on the internet as everywhere else.
So, we give high marks to the legal gurus at IDG corporate that changed their mind about reverse domain name hijacking this site. Details to follow, but the bottom line is this - after sending us a boilerplate threatening letter about trademark infringement, dilution of trademark, etc , etc, we prepared a response and 2 days later they sent us this:

Dear Ms. Bradley,
I have reviewed your letter and the material you plan on putting on your website tomorrow.  I would like to discuss this matter with you and hopefully resolve in an amicable manner that suits both our needs.
and then :
IDG agrees not to pursue a claim against you for the use of "einfoworld.com" as long as your use [of] the site is not used to confuse, mislead or misinform any reader of the source or content of the information on the site and that there are no negative statements about IDG or any of its subsidiary companies including, but not limited to Infoworld Media Group, Inc. Further we would want you to always include a disclaimer (see below) and a link to our "infoworld.com" site.  The disclaimer should read as follows: "If for [some] reason you have arrived here looking for infoworld.com, you've come toteh [sic] wrong place.  This is einfoworld.com and is in no way affiliated withinfoworld.com, Infoworld Media Group, Inc. InfoWorld magazine or International [Data] Group, Inc. (IDG)."
We are just thrilled to work with IDG in this. Without a costly legal battle, we were able to show IDG that we were not cybersquatters, that we certainly weren't infringing on their trademark and that by using examples such as the US Patent and Trademark Office example of linking it was possible to work this out so both parties are satisfied. Of course, we couldn't agree to violation of freedom of speech and can't promise never, ever to say anything negative about IDG or one of their many subsidiaries (silly lawyers! sometimes they do forget about these things!) but no one would expect us to give up that freedom in exchange for a domain name,  so we are happy to be here and able to tell the story of how we kept our domain name and IDG proved to be a true netizen of the type that used to populate the web before the blossoming of e-commerce. IDG, you are a role model for all large corporations, congratulations and hats off to Miriam and Averie of the Legal Dept for  working with us and not against us.
"A society that could advance with intercreativity  and group intuition rather than conflict as a basic mechanism would be a major change." Tim Berners-Lee
We believe IDG has shown itself capable of overcoming corporate think and adapting to the very principles the founder of the web asks us to have. We admire this greatly and honor the people who work at IDG that understand there are more important things than owning my domain name, and that we can live together harmoniously as we all weave the web for the future by our acts of today.We honor also the Chairman of the Board of IDG for his recent contribution of 600 million dollars to MIT for the study of the brain. Does this mean no more Dummies in the world?
Here is the response we presented to IDG and some related links:
 

The letter we received from IDG is here.

The rebuttal we presented to IDG is here.

A list of 74 registered *infoworld*
domains and sites and their status is here.

Our original, and only page available to the
public (prior to hearing from IDG) is here.