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What's New: Mon Oct 30, 1995 VELONET TRADEMARK THREATENED! Greetings VeloNet Lovers, The legal representatives of Inside Communications, publishers of VELONEWS and Inside Triathlon, have written to me insisting that we cease to use the VeloNet trademark to describe the online services provided on cycling.org. They claim that they are unaware of any other "bicycling related product, publication, or company using VELO alone or in combination with other elements or words." Consequently, my use of the term VeloNet "dilutes the distinctiveness of Inside Communications' family of trademarks and creates the erroneous impression among consumers and others in the industry that there is some relationship between you and your VeloNet service and Inside Communications and/or its various publications." As most of you know, VeloNet is a purely volunteer operation managed in my spare time. No money is charged for any of the services provided and no sponsorship is sought or accepted. Moreover, I recently declined an offer from a commercial online service to buy the VeloNet trademark. I have nothing against the folks at VELONEWS and Inside Triathlon and sincerely hope that we can resolve this issue amicably. At the same time, given the time I have put into the VeloNet project, and the usefulness it has provided to tens of thousands of cyber-cyclists, I am reluctant to cave into their legal posturing. If you are a copyright lawyer, or have legal experience in the field of trademarks and copyrights, I would greatly appreciate your advice in this matter. Inside Communications, VELONEWS and Inside Triathlon can be contacted as follows: E-mail velonews or email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 1-800-825-8793 (Inside Triathlon) 1-800-888-6087 (VELONEWS) Fax 1-303-444-6788 Post 1830 North 55th Street Boulder, CO 80301-2703 Thanks! -------------------------------------------------------------------> Patrick Goebel | voice: (415) 321-2052 ------ __o CASBS/GCN/VeloNet | fax: (415) 321-1192 ------- _`\<,_ 202 Junipero Serra Blvd. | ---- (*)/ (*) Stanford, CA 94305 | High Speed Digital Commuter http://cycling.org |Support Patrick