Can Pictures Of Cute Animals Calm Legal Threats?


Persian cat kitten

Here’s a hilarious exchange between David Galbraith and the legal eagles representing Lockheed Martin, threatening him over the ownership of a domain name:

I registered, thinking it would be a good name for an Internet product company, not realizing that Skunkworks was a real, trademarked facility run by Lockheed Martin or that you can now threaten to sue people just for registering a domain name.

He received a legal letter demanding he relinquish the domain name. Dave offered a solution:

If you send me a link to a picture of a really cute puppy, I’ll transfer the domain to you.

Read the rest here: David Galbraith’s Blog » Skunk Puppying: dealing with legal threats with cute animals.

Tom Foremski
Tom Foremski is the Editor and Founder of the popular and top-ranked news site Silicon Valley Watcher, reporting on business and culture of innovation. He is a former journalist at the Financial Times and in 2004, became the first journalist from a leading newspaper to resign and become a full-time journalist blogger.

Tom has been reporting on Silicon Valley and the US tech industry since 1984 and has been named as one of the top 50 (#28) most influential bloggers in Silicon Valley. His current focus is on the convergence of media and technology — the making of a new era for Silicon Valley. He also writes a column at ZDNET.
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