The Case: Harlan Ellison v. Stephen Robertson, America Online, Inc., RemarQ Communities, Inc., Critical Path, Inc., Citizen 513, and Does 1-10, Federal District Court, Central District of California Civil Case No. 00-04321 FMC (RCx)
The copyright infringement action filed by noted author and literary activist Harlan Ellison against Critical Path, Inc. and its subsidiary RemarQ Communites, Inc. has been settled. The action stemmed from the unauthorized posting of some of Ellison’s most well-known copyrighted stories on the RemarQ service. Ellison’s copyright infringement action is continuing against the remaining defendant, America Online, Inc.
Among the terms of the settlement, Critical Path will develop software that allows Ellison immediately to delete unauthorized postings of his works of which he becomes aware. Critical Path will also appoint an employee to be available to Ellison as a back up measure.
Ellison, who has authored 75 books in his distinguished career, noted: “I am pleased to have settled this case with Critical Path and RemarQ and believe we have taken a step forward for writers everywhere in their efforts to protect copyrighted works.”
The settlement did not include any admission of liability. Commenting on the settlement, a Critical Path spokesperson said: “We are pleased to reach a settlement in this case that will aid authors in protecting their intellectual property.”
THIS IS A JOINT STATEMENT.
Donations to the continuing lawsuit can now be made to: TRUST OF KULIK, GOTTESMAN & MOUTON;
and sent to KICK Internet Piracy,
Post Office Box 55935,
Sherman Oaks, CA 91413.