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

  • From: "Darrell Shandrow" <nu7i@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 May 2007 19:50:30 -0700

Hello Adrian,

Though you and others have expressed some thoughtful opinions, you have 
still not proven how the petition is ignorant, or based on ignorance. 
Despite any facts of the case, we're just asking that it be stopped.  Since 
there's no attacking language anywhere in that petition statement, there's 
no call to say it is doing anything of the sort.


Darrell Shandrow - Accessibility Evangelist
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Adrian Spratt" <A.Spratt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2007 7:01 PM
Subject: Re: FreedomScientific, Inc. Asked to Cease Lawsuit Against Serotek 
Corporation


Darrell,

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 http://www.SaveSerotek.org
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: http://www.blindaccessjournal.com Check out high quality
telecommunications services at http://ld.net/?nu7i
----- 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
Corporation

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:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McDonald'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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