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New address (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901771)

Domain Name: AGIRLSLIFEONLINE.COM

Created on..............: Thu, Aug 05, 2004

Start your stalking engines!

Re:New address (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9902001)

Here's what KatieT had to say about it

http://www.katiet.com/message1.htm [katiet.com]

Boys night out! (5, Funny)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901772)

In other news, GL Online [girlslife.com] has stated that Penguin Books had used psychical and emotional intimidation to coerce them into allowing the usage of the title "A Girls Life: Online".

A representative from Boy's Life [boyslife.org] was quoted as saying, "girls have cooooodies, ewww. Good riddance!"

SOME IMPORTANT CORRECTIONS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901949)

physical
Boys' Life
quoted as "having said"
cooties
"A Girl's Life: Online."

Buh? (0)

MP3Chuck (652277) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901775)

Disappointingly generic...

wow (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901780)

wow

Re:wow (1)

jobsagoodun (669748) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901839)

Wow indeed.

I for one welcome our new Slashdotting Conquering Overlords.

Well done.

At last (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901781)

Justice prevailed. For once.

'till next time.

The Power of Slashdot???? (5, Interesting)

Hobbex (41473) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901789)


Isn't this is a four year old issue in which very little has happened recently? (Most articles I found about it were dated from 2000).

Did Slashdot force this sudden 180?

Re:The Power of Slashdot???? (1)

bluekanoodle (672900) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901835)

Judging from the numerous articles on slashdot the paat 2 days and the geek lynching that Penguin received at the hands of /.r's, I'd say, Yes.

Re:The Power of Slashdot???? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901868)

Wow, it seems you may be right. The book's been out for almost 4 years and they just happen to change the name after the issue being covered on Slashdot.

Re:The Power of Slashdot???? (3, Funny)

chimpo13 (471212) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901877)

Jesus, who would've thunk a bunch of annoyed geeks to could affect rapid change?

Okay, everyone concentrate until I get superpowers. And I don't want to be the next "Arm Fall Off Boy" or "Matter Eating Lad" (dang Legion of Super Heroes), I want something neat. Some sort of Tad Ghostal powers.

Re:The Power of Slashdot???? (1)

skroz (7870) | more than 9 years ago | (#9902032)

How about the powers of the defenestrator [halfbakery.com] ?

Re:The Power of Slashdot???? (1)

oldwarez (763916) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901879)

Slashdot will soon overpower all other media!

Re:The Power of Slashdot???? (4, Informative)

Sircus (16869) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901890)

There was also an article [theregister.co.uk] on The Register. I presume there were other articles on other sites - it probably all got too much for Penguin.

Re:The Power of Slashdot???? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901908)

Slashdot was USED by the publisher. They know as well as anyone else "There is no such thing as bad publicity".

All they did was use slashdot for a temporary goose in their exposure and all the geeks jumped up to help.

Move along.

Re:The Power of Slashdot???? (2, Informative)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901916)

Nah [google.com] , it's just that the media has recently jumped on this. Al Roker probably has more people that are psychotic than we do.

Re:The Power of Slashdot???? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901947)

Good to know that people can be coerced into abandoning evil behavior. Congrats, /.ers.

Next time you consider buying a Penguin book, remember this.

Forgetting and forgiving only enables further misbehavior. That's one major problem with capitalism.

Re:The Power of Slashdot???? (4, Interesting)

travdaddy (527149) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901952)

Whoa, I think Katie Jones (the good one) owes Slashdot an interview! I'm sure she would be more than willing to do one!

Re:The Power of Slashdot???? (3, Insightful)

stromthurman (588355) | more than 9 years ago | (#9902020)

If the slashdot community can get a publisher to rename a book in a matter of days (assuming of course that this community was largely responsible), maybe we can be harnassed for more than bringing webservers to their knees.
I also wonder how much of this was a result of the amazon.com reviews/rankings, and so on? If it was significant, slashdotting places that provide open reviews may be a viable way to instigate change in businesses whose practices we find questionable.

Go Figure! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901794)

Common sense prevails!

I can't believe it. (4, Funny)

2names (531755) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901796)

A large corporation has finally done something right.

Wait, what's the catch?

Re:I can't believe it. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901822)

They're going to light us all on fire tonight at 8:53. :(

Re:I can't believe it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901993)

Ok, this was the funniest thing ever writen by far.

Seriously... still laughing

Re:I can't believe it. (1)

trendescape (801324) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901847)

Done something right? They're the ones that started it.. they remedied their own stupidity.

Re:I can't believe it. (1)

dsbaha (798669) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901867)

Sence the damage is done to katie.com, I wonder what they'll do next to fix that issue.

Re:I can't believe it. (3, Interesting)

flibuste (523578) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901990)

They did what was the ONLY thing that could go right for THEM. Don't worry, they did nothing else than work toward their own interest.
Obviously, they've tried to force an issue. The lawyer was badly wrong trying to intimidate somebody while knowing there was no way a court would rule in their favor. She had no idea of how an Internet community can be powerful in those matter because it's not their primary business.
Seeing all the harm that was done by people like slashdotters (including comments in Amazon.com), they backed up right away in order to appear as good as they could given the damage already done to their reputation.
So do not think this title change was done to help Katie.com. It's all in the sake of keeping their business healthy.

Typical Face Saving -'Not Our Fault' Retreat (5, Interesting)

gadlaw (562280) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901797)

We didn't do anything wrong, we don't know of anyone who did anything wrong, we didn't even think about doing anything wrong. And now we'll correct this wrong right away like we could have done years ago. Thank you very much. Love us, we are the good guys. _-Right.

Re:Typical Face Saving -'Not Our Fault' Retreat (5, Insightful)

josh3736 (745265) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901873)

Something that a lot of people seem to be missing out on is that this is not entirely the publisher's evildoing.

Yes, they might be the ones that said "huh.... katie.com is already in use.... Fuck it, we'll use it anyway!"

But they aren't the ones sending the lawyers after Katie Jones. Katie Tarbox, the author, is sending the lawayers after the other Katie.

I can almost forgive using katie.com. It is inexcusable for the author to send the lawyers after someone who has the legal rights to the domain.

Re:Typical Face Saving -'Not Our Fault' Retreat (1)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901889)

That reminds me of all those SEC settlements, where the "guilty" party neither admits nor denies any wrongdoing...

Yeah, whatever!

Probably Amazon, not Slashdot (4, Insightful)

Bozdune (68800) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901893)

Hey, whether they fess up to their original sins or not, we won. But I bet the reason we won is all the negative reviews that suddenly landed on Amazon, not a bunch of geeks mouthing off on /. The reviews hit them where it hurts, in the pocketbook. A lesson to be learned, perhaps...

I'm still not satisfied . . . (5, Funny)

sbergstrom (107349) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901799)

This is just Plume's red herring attempt to get the pressure off. They've got to still be doing something we can be angry about!

Re:I'm still not satisfied . . . (1)

ggvaidya (747058) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901943)

Nope, I think we're going to have to go back to SCO. Sigh.

Re:I'm still not satisfied . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901982)

Let's bash Microsoft then, always good for a few laughs and some geek angst and paranoia.

I heard Bill Gates went to the zoo and sniped the penguins. RAGE!

Woot! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901800)

FinaFuckingLy! Geeks: 1; The Man: 0

Re:Woot! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901836)

try Geeks: 1; The Man 83730742

Re:Woot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901999)

83730742

Isn't that kind of low or is it a per day statistic.

Good... (1)

rwven (663186) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901801)

I'm so sick of seeing big corperations trying to push around the "little people." It's nice to see one bow out/lose a conflict such as this. Hopefully it's a trend that will continue.

Re:Good... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901899)

Obligatory Simpsons Quote:

If these trends continue... heeeeeeey!

This trend (4, Insightful)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901909)

This trend only happens when the little people stand up to the corporations.

Re:This trend (1)

rwven (663186) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901964)

sounds like people DO need to make a trend out of it then.

ah hell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901802)

I finally find something decent to submit to /. and someone beats me to it =/

Hmm (1)

nahorniak (748466) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901803)

Shouldn't it be: A Girl's Life Online?

Re:Hmm (1)

Anm (18575) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901871)

Shouldn't it be: A Girl's Life Online?

Read the press release. It is. (What, you expect proper punctuation from a slashdot post? Or /. editors to actually edit?)

Re:Hmm (2, Funny)

nahorniak (748466) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901904)

Yeah.. I guess this would be a good time to slap myself for not RTFPR

Re:Hmm (1)

Xocet_00 (635069) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901913)

...It IS.. isn't it?

*checks article*

It's been a long day, but I'm pretty sure that's what the article says.

I worry that perhaps I'm missing the point here.

xbc (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901804)

huzzah!

I wonder (5, Interesting)

sneezinglion (771733) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901806)

...if that lawyer will still be demanding the domain from the other Katie though.

Re:I wonder (1)

jubei (89485) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901956)

I also wonder who is responsible for the harassment. Katie T says it is the publisher, and the publisher denies it.

Re:I wonder (1)

shelleymonster (606787) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901998)

According to the press release, no such demand was ever made:
In addition, it was erroneously reported recently that Plume had asked its attorney to attempt to buy the web site Katie.com from domain owner Katie Jones. This is absolutely not true.

Seriously... (1)

oldwarez (763916) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901812)

Does anyone care? Kudos to the owner of Katie.com for holding up though.

Re:Seriously... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901859)

If you don't think anyone cares, look at the last two stories posted on the subject for a reality check.

why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901813)

maybe the threat of a million slashdotters wanting to turn katie.com into a pr0n sight did the trick.

Power to the Slashdotters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901826)

So if enough people complain about a company being wrong, the company will change?

Too bad this doesn't work for MS...

Covered their bases on this one... (5, Informative)

Coffee Warlord (266564) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901828)

Certainly snapped this one up.

Domain Name: AGIRLSLIFEONLINE.COM
Registrar: REGISTER.COM, INC.
Whois Server: whois.register.com
Referral URL: http://www.register.com
Name Server: DNS19.REGISTER.COM
Name Server: DNS20.REGISTER.COM
Status: ACTIVE
Updated Date: 05-aug-2004
Creation Date: 05-aug-2004
Expiration Date: 05-aug-2006

Organization:
Katie Tarbox, Inc.
Katie Tarbox

Re:Covered their bases on this one... (5, Funny)

Dr. Evil (3501) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901881)

Quick, somebody publish a book called "agirlslifeonline.com" and sue them!

Re:Covered their bases on this one... (1)

swordofstars (682648) | more than 9 years ago | (#9902010)

Sue for what? We should ask them to donate it to us. If they don't we can say that 'things will get much worse' and link them on /. every day until they see the light or their routers melt. Whever comes first.

Re:Covered their bases on this one... (1)

jekewa (751500) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901938)

Again (mentioned on other article), why not just stick her original blog domain on the book?
Domain Name: KATIET.COM
Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, INC.
Whois Server: whois.networksolutions.com
Referral URL: http://www.networksolutions.com
Name Server: NS11A.VERIO-WEB.COM
Name Server: NS11B.VERIO-WEB.COM
Status: ACTIVE
Updated Date: 14-jul-2003
Creation Date: 22-oct-1999
Expiration Date: 22-oct-2010

Great move. (4, Funny)

randyest (589159) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901832)

Fury of a 10,000 angry geeks diverted.

I'm very glad to hear this.

So, the only remaining question is: will Chubby Aftab [aftab.com] apologize for the threats now, or wait until she's on O'Reilly next week?

Re:Great move. (1)

tiredandbored (667231) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901918)

If she doesn't we'll just have another target to conquer. Registrant: Aftab & Savitt, P.C. (AFTAB-DOM) E. 80 Rt. 4, The Atrium Suite 410 Paramus, NJ 07652 US Domain Name: AFTAB.COM Administrative Contact: Aftab, Parry (PA286) parry.aftab@COUNSEL.COM Aftab & Savitt, P.C. E. 80 Rt. 4, The Atrium, Suite 410 Paramus, NJ 07652 US (201) 845-0100 fax: 999 999 999

Not Really.... (1)

CHaN_316 (696929) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901933)

More like geeks have responded with a furious slashdotting of their servers. Enjoy the server bill!

Only one word, repeated twice, is necessary... (4, Funny)

Tom7 (102298) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901838)



ha-ha

Re:Only one word, repeated twice, is necessary... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901963)

only, that's really only repeated once, isn't it? You can't call the first utterance a 'repeat' ...

Other Katie.com References (5, Interesting)

stromthurman (588355) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901850)

Now, if Katie Tarbox can be dissuaded from using the name 'Katie.com' for her upcoming school lecture series as well, Katie Jones may finally get her weblife back.

Sometimes you're Don Quixote... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901852)

and other times you're the windmill. I'm just glad Penguin learned their lesson quicker than certain others (*cough* SCO *cough*) before the negative publicity did more than bruise their feelings.

What next? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901854)

*claps* mission accomplished.

hmm... The force grows strong within us. Think we can get Bush booted out of office next? ;)

/. effect can make people back down on BS claims? (5, Funny)

swordofstars (682648) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901855)

If so, let's all pay a visit Here [sco.com] and Here [whitehouse.gov] .

Huge victory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901857)

Congrats to Katie Jones, but also to slashdot. This issue had been going on for years, but within a few days of a slashdot posting justice was served.

The geek shall inherit the Earth, after all. Hooray for the power of the geek!

Her own announement (5, Informative)

miracle (115019) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901860)

She posted her own personal announcement [katiet.com] on the site she really owns.

Today I am very excited to announce that Katie.com will be re-released and re-named A Girl's Life Online. From the beginning, I hoped that Penguin and Katie Jones would be able to resolve this issue. I never believed that I had any right to the name Katie.com as a website but simply viewed it to be the name of my book. That being said, I never wanted anyone to experience unwanted emails or traffic on the Internet. As someone who has been abused, I would certainly not wish to cause anybody pain. Therefore, I sincerely apologize to Katie Jones for any suffering she may have endured.

That's a little different than the slashing perpetrator Slashdot has cast her. Refreshing to know the good guys do win....sometimes.

Re:Her own announement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901953)

So if Darl said something like "oh, and about the lawsuits... lets just forget about it" you would get all kissy faced with SCO?

Re:Her own announement (5, Interesting)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 9 years ago | (#9902025)

So was it mis-reported that Katie Tarbox's personal lawyer was trying to get Katie Jones to give up the domain?

-Peter

Re:Her own announement (5, Insightful)

icedivr (168266) | more than 9 years ago | (#9902026)

Well.... what else was she supposed to say? "I'm sorry my bullying attempts got exposed to the light of day and yall called me on it"?

I guess I'm just cynical but I doubt Katie T's lawyer would have pursued the domain name without the ok of Ms Tarbox. That makes her complicit in the attorney's actions. At this point it's just damage control.

0wn3d (0)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901869)

OWNT with a capital pwnt.

Too little, too late (1)

chizu (669687) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901880)

It's great that they finally did something about this, but what about all the damage caused by the book. They totally ruined Katie Jones' site, Penguin Putnam should own up to that and give her something for all the trouble they've caused.

Re:Too little, too late (1)

goldspider (445116) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901974)

"They totally ruined Katie Jones' site"

How so?

Hold on a second.... (5, Interesting)

wolfemi1 (765089) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901888)

There is a quote here in the press release that set off my BS detector:

...it was erroneously reported that Plume had asked its attorney to attempt to buy the website Katie.com...

There were no rumors of offers to buy the website. What kind of shameless PR technique is this to cover up the fact that they asked for its donation? I think asking for (demanding) its donation is worse than offering to buy, and this strikes me as a particularly unscrupulous statement by their PR department.

Re:Hold on a second.... (1)

xTown (94562) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901914)

Yeah, I noticed that too. You gotta love PR people sometimes, and the things they can get away with.

In Other News (5, Interesting)

Wind_Walker (83965) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901898)

Penguin Putnam, publishers of "A Girl's Life Online" (previously titled Katie.com) are thrilled at the enormous amount of free publicity they have received. They clearly did not intend to pursue the lawsuit in question, merely to make enough of a gesture to arouse interest in certain tech communities.

Such astroturfing is top-notch, the likes of which has not been seen since the Phantom Video Game Console [infiniumlabs.com] . Penguin Putnam thanks all the gullible editors and saps who provided their free advertising.

Response or Update To? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901901)

I could have sworn the article read, "In response to stories posted the previous two days on Slashdot", but as soon as I hit read more it now says, "In an update to stories posted...".

Did twigstamc420 [slashdot.org] actually write "response" or "update to?"

Did the bashing on Amazon change their mind? (1)

Filmwatcher888 (595369) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901907)

Plume/Penguin didn't want to do anything when it as "just" KatieT's lawyer. Now that the book got /.ed at Amazon, which would then affect P/P wallets, they change the name. Too bad it had to take getting an additional thrd-paty (Amazon) involved to get them to do the right thing.

I think we should show our appreciation... (2, Insightful)

cliveholloway (132299) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901921)

Not often these things happen. Please take the time to thank Penguin. I suggest you email the writer of the Press Release, Brant Janeway at Brant.Janeway(at)US.PenguinGroup.com

I'm sure they'd appreciate hearing how grateful we all are.

cLive ;-)

Seems that they decided... (1)

AngryScot (795131) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901922)

the extra cost of bandwidth comming from /.'s traffic was going to put them out of buisness

May aswell change the books name rather than face $1m bandwidth bill :)

Re:Seems that they decided... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9902027)

seriously, bandwidth is dirt cheap.

if you get charged for going over that much, hey, i got a bridge to sell you.

Every effort? (5, Insightful)

Rev. Rudolf (146245) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901926)

"We have made every effort to clarify the fact that Plume's book, Katie.com, and the website, Katie.com, are not in any way associated with one another."

Personally I would have thought that "every effort" would have included going to the effort of not calling the book that in the first place.

Still, a small victory. Behold, Geek Power! :-)

My new book (2, Funny)

nacturation (646836) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901927)

I'm writing a new book called Penguin.com, all about how you can find penguins online. The fact that the book, Penguin.com, and the website belonging to the publishing company shares the same name is purely coincidental. Regarding this, I have been quoted as saying, "I will make every effort to clarify the fact that my book, Penguin.com, and the website, Penguin.com, are not in any way associated with one another.

let the fat jokes begin (1)

Soul Brother #1 (15266) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901932)

Is anyone else amused by the fact that Parry compares herself to an elephant on her website [aftab.com] ?

-W

woohoo! (1)

RevAaron (125240) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901944)

Hell yeah!

But... in the PDF, they claim they "made every effort." Which is bullshit- wouldn't that include trying to just buy katie.com from her? I mean, this is a big company with big money. duh.

They did the right thing (1)

Launch (66938) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901959)

I, for one, give a round of applause to penguin putnam, they did the right thing. It sounds like the shitty things that happened to Katie Jones was the result of the author, not the publisher, and it's good that a publisher has the balls to stand up and do the right thing... especially when it's gonna cost them money.

My guess to the whole story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901960)

- Penguin publishes the book.

- Katie Jones finds out, points out the problem but doesn't really sue because either she can't be bothered or she thinks she might get some useful traffic out of it. The publishers add a note to the book, Jones moves stuff to another website, everybody's content.

- At some point later Katie Tarbox meets with sleezeball ambulance-chaser Parry Aftab who's heard that there is money to be made on the internet.

- But Aftab and Tarbox don't want to spend their own money and think they should get what they want, they start harassing Jones who doesn't give in.

- The story hits the internet.

- To appease the online community, the publishers, who had nothing to do with Aftab and Tarbox's antics, are forced to change the book title after all.

- Aftab and Tarbox will ...?

IMHO, Penguin should've been more careful to begin with and they got off somewhat easy. But I don't think they're connected with Aftab's harassments. As far as Aftab, she deserves nothing less than total bankrupcy and deportation to Nigeria. And the book should be downplayed and even removed from circulation, it has gathered too much bad karma and considering her behavior, Tarbox should not be allowed to make any further profit out of it.

Katie.com (1)

rcamans (252182) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901962)

I doubt this had anything to do with pushing people around, or any other issues.
Two points: Any publicity is good publicity, from the marketing droids' point of view. So they did it mainly for the money.
Two: Lawyers get paid mostly by the hour, and have to justify their existence by doing lawsuits.
So they too did it for the money.
Greedy bastards.
Stepping on the little people for their megabucks, none of which will get to the girl who wrote the book.
Ahh, stalked, taken advantage of, used, and raped by her publishers and their lawyers.
It figures.
The bastards.

Sounds Like... (1)

tkrotchko (124118) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901975)

It sounds like the publisher checked with their attorney and found out there was no legal way to take the domain.

I doubt it had to do with any kind of moral sense or justice.

Sting.com (3, Interesting)

Fubar411 (562908) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901981)

Has anyone else noticed that Sting.com, once a website for a computer game fanatic is now the official web-page of Sting, the artist? A quick look, shows typical rock-ego, with quotes from the artist himself, a ton of flash, etc. Any idea how this was finally handed over? Did the guy at least get paid?

The text from the PDF in case of slashdot. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9901986)

Plume Re-titles Book by Katie Tarbox A Girl's Life Online
In an effort to avoid an association between the book originally titled Katie.com and
the website Katie.com, Plume and the author decide to make this title change.
New York, New York, August 6, 2004 ... In 2000, Dutton published a hardcover book
called Katie.com by Katie Tarbox, an eye-opening account of one teenager's descent into
the seductive world of the Internet. After the book was released into the market, it was
brought to Dutton's attention that a website of the same name existed on the Internet.
The fact that the book, Katie.com, and the website shared the same name was purely
coincidental. In an effort to avoid any association between the book and the site, when
Plume issued the book in trade paperback in 2001, it printed on the copyright page that
the author of Katie.com and events described in the book have no connection whatsoever
with the website domain owner Katie Jones or her e-mail address.
Trena Keating, Editor-in-chief of Plume, said, "We have made every effort to clarify the
fact that Plume's book, Katie.com, and the website, Katie.com, are not in any way
associated with one another. In addition, it was erroneously reported recently that Plume
had asked its attorney to attempt to buy the web site Katie.com from domain owner Katie
Jones. This is absolutely not true. Ms. Jones confirms this point in a message currently
posted on her web site.
"We are not working in association with author Katie Tarbox or any other individual in
an attempt to assume ownership of the domain name address www.katie.com. Of course,
the personal views of the author are hers and do not represent Plume in any way.
"Going forward, Plume and the author have decided to re-title this book A Girl's Life
Online. This is an important book about predatory pedophiles on the Internet and how
we can protect our children. We changed the title to keep focus on this issue. The newly
titled book will be released next month. We have always taken this situation very
seriously. And we hope that by making this title change, it will demonstrate just how
dedicated Plume is to clarifying this matter."
####
Penguin Group (USA) Inc. is the U.S. member of the internationally renowned Penguin Group.
Penguin Group (USA) is one of the leading U.S. adult and children's trade book publishers,
owning a wide range of imprints and trademarks, including Berkley Books, Dutton, Frederick
Warne, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Grosset & Dunlap, New American Library, Penguin Books, The
Penguin Press, Philomel, Plume, Puffin, Riverhead Books and Viking, among others. The
Penguin Group (http://www.penguin.com) is part of Pearson plc, the international media
company.

What took so long (1)

Launch (66938) | more than 9 years ago | (#9901994)

I didn't realize it before just reading the press release.... but this book is freaking old... what stirred the pot on this all of a sudden?

Not over until the blood sucking lawyer backs off (1, Informative)

Silicon_Knight (66140) | more than 9 years ago | (#9902005)

Penguin might have retitled the book, but until those 2 f-ugly bitches stop billing Katie T.'s "online safety, look, I was stupid and this could happen to you too" crap as "Katie.com", this mess isn't over yet.

It appears that Tarbox did indeed get a clue and register her own domain:

Organization:
Katie Tarbox, Inc.
Katie Tarbox
745 Carter Street
New Canaan, CT 06840
US
Phone: 203-966-1828
Email: ktarbox261@aol.com

Registrar Name....: Register.com
Registrar Whois...: whois.register.com
Registrar Homepage: http://www.register.com

Domain Name: AGIRLSLIFEONLINE.COM

Created on..............: Thu, Aug 05, 2004
Expires on..............: Sat, Aug 05, 2006
Record last updated on..: Thu, Aug 05, 2004

Administrative Contact:
Katie Tarbox, Inc.
Katie Tarbox
745 Carter Street
New Canaan, CT 06840
US
Phone: 203-966-1828
Email: ktarbox261@aol.com

In the meantime, if someone wants to convince the lawyer that she should back down:

Aftab, Parry
(PA286)
parry.aftab@COUNSEL.COM
E. 80 Rt. 4, The Atrium, Suite 410
Paramus, NJ 07652
US
Phone: (201) 845-0100
Fax: 999 999 9999

The lawyer's cell # is: 201-463-8663. It appears to be a Bell Atlantic Nylex Mobile, registered in New Jersey. Anyone care to post her SMS email address and send her a few messages to convince her to drop the campaign? :-)

And, yeah, never understimate the power of geeks in large numbers. Esp bored geeks with nothing to do on Friday nights :-)

-=- SiKnight

they're doing the right thing (0)

wren337 (182018) | more than 9 years ago | (#9902006)

so give them credit. retitling the book is probably a major pain in the a$$.

All of you who piled on saying what jerks the publishers and/or auther are should step up and give them credit.

hey... (1)

robpoe (578975) | more than 9 years ago | (#9902009)

Does this mean that Mike Rowe's Software company doesn't have to change it's name, either?

Huh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9902011)

My "Boycott Penguin" posters haven't even been printed yet!

Sheesh. What is the world coming to when people capitulate before the hardline protests :(

Whew! (1)

3dr (169908) | more than 9 years ago | (#9902016)


Now I can sleep at night!

(...and about time a corporation's bullying tactics fail in a fairly visible way.)

Katie.com... the only news that matters... (1)

netsavior (627338) | more than 9 years ago | (#9902029)

c'mon lets have a story about something else...
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