Re: FreedomScientific, Inc. Asked to Cease Lawsuit Against Serotek Corporation

  • From: "Adrian Spratt" <A.Spratt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 May 2007 22:01:35 -0400


I didn't say it's ignorant to ask a company to stop a legal action. That concept makes no sense. I said your petition is based on ignorance. You would do well to read what people are actually saying to you. I started out neutral in this thread, but the more you and your supporters say to other listers, the less confidence you inspire that you've thought through your plan. We know from FS's court papers that FS waited at least six years to file this lawsuit. That tends to support Bruce's contention that FS tried to resolve the matter with Serotek before resorting to legal action. In that event, there is no basis for objecting to FS's lawsuit. Although you cast your petition in the mildest terms, it amounts to a public attack on FS and a show of support for Serotek, both of which have no foundation based on what you've told us.

You have a lot of energy. I hope you'll consider harnessing it to an effort to address the problems many of us have experienced directly with FS instead of pursuing a cause about which you, along with the rest of us, are poorly informed.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Darrell Shandrow" <nu7i@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Hello Adrian,

Please explain how it is "ignorant" to simply ask a company to stop a legal action?

Darrell Shandrow - Accessibility Evangelist Visit and ask Freedom Scientific to stop suing! Information should be accessible to us without need of translation by another person. Blind Access Journal blog and podcast: Check out high quality telecommunications services at
----- Original Message -----
From: "Adrian Spratt" <A.Spratt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2007 5:16 PM
Subject: Re: FreedomScientific, Inc. Asked to Cease Lawsuit Against Serotek

Dan, the Scarlet Wombat, mentioned a trademark case filed by McDonald's. In fact, McDonald's has filed several, and it's instructive to see why they won some and lost others. Wikipedia has an article on the subject, though it should be noted many statements it contains are not sourced:'s_legal_cases#Cases_brought_by_McDonald.27s_2

I believe Darrell's petition may do harm. Many of FS's customers have legitimate criticisms of its technical service, the recurrence of old software defects, and so on. This petition is frivolous and based on ignorance, and it may cause management to take the community of individual blind consumers less seriously. Remember, FS undoubtedly makes most money not from individuals, but the government, rehab agencies and other institutions. We need to speak intelligently on matters where we actually know what we're talking about if we want to be heard.
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