Last year we wrote about the bizarre and pointless case that Harlan Ellison was bankrupting himself over when he discovered that someone had posted his writings to Usenet. Did he go after whoever posted the writings? No. He went after... AOL. Just like the story we had last week where a woman sued Cingular for a driver on a mobile phone hitting her, it looked like Ellison was just going after a random company with a lot of money. AOL had nothing to do with the posting of his work. AOL has nothing to do with Usenet. He just happened to see the posts via his AOL account and, not bothering to understand how the internet works, he sued AOL. After years of fighting, it looks like AOL just got fed up and has paid him off in a "settlement" to go away.
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