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FedEx Cracks Down on Box Furniture, Citing DMCA

timothy posted about 9 years ago | from the news-of-the-nutty dept.

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nospmiS remoH writes "Wired is running an article about a guy with no money making furniture out of FedEx boxes. If that weren't strange enough, FedEx is going after him, legally citing the DMCA. Yes, the DMCA. Apparently they are not upset about the furniture itself but rather this site that he put up with pictures of his creations (pretty good work really). My favorite quote from the article, '...Avila clearly intended to operate a business from his website because he used the .com domain suffix, the "commercial level domain," rather than .net.' You just can't make this stuff up."

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Heya (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13295937)

Heya

Free Boxes (5, Informative)

dthrall (894750) | about 9 years ago | (#13295938)

I explored both his site and the fedex site... seems to get the boxes from fedex, you need an account... the good new? the USPS will send you free shipping supplies :)

Re:Free Boxes (1)

bryan8m (863211) | about 9 years ago | (#13295978)

Some guy sent me a TON of those free shipping supplies you mentioned and as a result my porch was filled to the brim with boxes upon boxes. The guy who delivered them didn't think it was too funny, and it turned out to be a mess for days.

The catch? Those aren't your USPS boxes! (5, Interesting)

pergamon (4359) | about 9 years ago | (#13296132)

Shipping supplies from the USPS state very clearly that they're the property of the USPS. The first time you order a shipment of boxes from the USPS, they make you sign something saying that you acknowledge this fact and that those supplies are indeed only for the purpose of sending stuff by means of USPS.

I had thought Fedex and UPS did the same, but I just examined a couple Fedex medium boxes we had laying around here and they don't say anything of the sort.

Trademark yes, copyright no (5, Interesting)

Kelson (129150) | about 9 years ago | (#13295949)

Can they justifiably go after him for trademark violations? Absolutely. But copyright? You'd have to be insane.

It's constantly amazing to see the extent to which people will abuse the DMCA to get what they want.

Re:Trademark yes, copyright no (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13295977)

Tademark only applies if he is intending to sell products or pretend that he is FedEX (I saw the site, it is obviously a parody and labeled as such), as in the case of trademark dilution.

He is doing neither, so FedEX really is just strongarming this guy because he dared to abuse their free boxes.

Re:Trademark yes, copyright no (1)

calyptos (752073) | about 9 years ago | (#13296188)

How much do you have to have to justify a copyright? A word? No, that's a trademark. A phrase? Nah. A sentence? Not quite. A paragraph? A page? A book? A series? A library? At which point is there enough content to justify a copyright?

I should copyright a sentence fragment on my site, and then sue everybody who says it for illegally redistributing my original work.

Correct (1)

RealProgrammer (723725) | about 9 years ago | (#13296072)

Even if they got copyright protection for their boxes somehow, his use of their product falls under "fair use": it's a different purpose than they used for their work, like making mobiles out of AOL CDs.

He should countersue for tortious interference or something.

Re:Trademark yes, copyright no (1)

bev_tech_rob (313485) | about 9 years ago | (#13296158)

Yes, it is insane, but they (FedEx) are betting that you don't have very deep pockets to challenge this and hope to bluff you into complying. (What would be legalese for saying "Take a long kiss at my a$$" to FedEx? :)

Free Boxes from UPS & FedEx (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13295950)

I love their generosity.

UPS, especicially. You can get huge "25KG" boxes intended for international shipping. I have UPS drop these on my doorstep every time I move, all for free.

Even better! (2, Funny)

Thud457 (234763) | about 9 years ago | (#13296062)

You put your stuff in those boxes, print out a postage label, slap it on the box, call up UPS and they move your stuff for you!

Probably cheaper & safer than hiring "Luigi's take your stuff and jack up our rates while we hold your stuff for ransom movers".

Re:Even better! (5, Informative)

Kiaser Wilhelm II (902309) | about 9 years ago | (#13296147)

I want my possessions to come to my apartment intact, not broken in 1000 pieces and the edges of the box smashed in.

Seriously, UPS has the worst track record in package handling. One time I was looking for a job during college.. I went to UPS and they took us on a tour of their package handling facilities. You will never want to be a customer of UPS after you tour their facilities. They don't care about your package. The people who work there have to work their "packages per hour" number.. if they get too low, they get fired, so quality/careful handling doesn't simply exist at UPS.

Re:Free Boxes from UPS & FedEx (3, Insightful)

Soporific (595477) | about 9 years ago | (#13296078)

Nice. Thanks for making the rest of us pay inflated fees because you are too cheap to go to U-Haul and buy them like a normal person.

~S

Re:Free Boxes from UPS & FedEx (0)

grazzy (56382) | about 9 years ago | (#13296119)

It's a free country, remember?

Re:Free Boxes from UPS & FedEx (4, Informative)

sammy baby (14909) | about 9 years ago | (#13296136)

Screw that - head to the local package store or beverage place. They have tons of boxes used to ship beer, wine, and spirits, and they often wind up just dumping them. They're happy to give them away.

Re:Free Boxes from UPS & FedEx (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13296193)

If you don't like it, then tell UPS to stop giving away boxes or ship somewhere else.

If it saves me $30 in boxes, I'm going to do it.

This is a demand curve. It wants to be your friend (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13296207)

I'm quite certain UPS sets their fees based on what they believe consumers are willing to pay, not based on how many cardboard boxes they had to give away.

Best example of corporate stupidity...ever (5, Insightful)

DogcowX (888899) | about 9 years ago | (#13295955)

It's free publicity for FexEx. And now, it's all negative!

Re:Best example of corporate stupidity...ever (5, Funny)

necro2607 (771790) | about 9 years ago | (#13296036)

Yeah it's like...

Insane Lawyer: "hey, this guy is making our logo and related corporate branding imagery get seen by millions of people worldwide... hmm... let's ruin our reputation with every single one of those people!"

CEO: "hey yeah good idea! proposal approved!"

It does sound silly, but... (4, Insightful)

The I Shing (700142) | about 9 years ago | (#13295960)

I think fellow used fedex.com to order a whole lot of boxes with no intention of using them to actually ship stuff in. It's a bit like someone taking an enormous number of ketchup packets from a Burger King in order to have ketchup in his house, rather than using them on the fries he didn't buy there. So I can see why FedEx would take umbrage at his using the boxes they're paying for to make furniture, and then turning around and showing everyone in the world how what a bunch of suckers FedEx is for giving boxes away for free.

Re:It does sound silly, but... (5, Funny)

Hawthorne01 (575586) | about 9 years ago | (#13296029)

But information (and shipping boxes) WANT to be free... :-)

Re:It does sound silly, but... (4, Informative)

necro2607 (771790) | about 9 years ago | (#13296079)

However, none of that even remotely justifies blatant abuse of the legal system...

Yeah, so they don't like it... they probably don't like other people using competitors like UPS or Purolator, but that's part of doing business... and it's no grounds for legal action at all.

Re:It does sound silly, but... (1)

Chanc_Gorkon (94133) | about 9 years ago | (#13296150)

Fed-Ex could actually make him pay....him using the boxes for furniture could be considered theft of services.

Re:It does sound silly, but... (1)

Otter (3800) | about 9 years ago | (#13296167)

Yeah, so they don't like it... they probably don't like other people using competitors like UPS or Purolator, but that's part of doing business... and it's no grounds for legal action at all.

I'm sure they have legal grounds for denying the guy a supply of free boxes, and I'd certainly back them ethically on it. The DMCA claim is just completely nuts, though -- it's like they're getting legal advice by reading Slashdot at -1.

Re:It does sound silly, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13296081)

Except you are using Ketchup for its intended purpose when these boxes are being used for furniture instead of shipping items. So is Fed Ex going to sue me when I give my little brother(2yr) a fed ex box as a toy? See creativity.

2 cents.

Re:It does sound silly, but... (2, Interesting)

MindStalker (22827) | about 9 years ago | (#13296090)

It seems like they would have come clause in their free box request thingy, to ensure you use the boxes for shipping via fedex, and not for personal use. I had no idea you could get tons of free fedex boxes, if I had known I might have gotten em last time I needed boxes. Anyways, if they don't have such a clause, they need to fix it. If they do, they need to prosecute this guy for violating that clause, in effect stealing their boxes. Otherwise they need to STFU.

Re:It does sound silly, but... (5, Insightful)

interiot (50685) | about 9 years ago | (#13296099)

Oh, c'mon now...

1) If ANY kind of lawsuit could be brought for "buying too many boxes, and then using them in an unapproved manner", it would be in small-claims court.

2) Since they couldn't find a way to sue him for ketchup violations, they decided to sue him for trademark violations?!? And the argument involves DMCA and the .com domain name? And a lawyer gets paid far far too much to draft this lawsuit up, so they could sue a man who can't afford Ikea?? That's comedy man!

Re:It does sound silly, but... (2, Interesting)

theguyfromsaturn (802938) | about 9 years ago | (#13296109)

Then they should charge for the cost of the empty boxes. This guy showed publicly something that possibly thounsands of people do in one form or another. "Free" (as in beer) stuff tends to be abused this way. However, the guy might still have payed the few cents the boxes if it saved him the furniture.

Re:It does sound silly, but... (1)

wgray8231 (905984) | about 9 years ago | (#13296130)

I couldn't see any pictures. :(

The price of ketchup is factored into the price of the food on the menu. If it's the same for FedEx boxes, they should definitly go after him for abusing their service.

However, if he's paying for the boxes, what's the harm?

Re:It does sound silly, but... (1)

Serveert (102805) | about 9 years ago | (#13296135)

You are probably correct: free fedex boxes [fedex.com]

Using the DMCA is disgusting of course, I'm sure there are better ways to stop leeches like this punk.

Re:It does sound silly, but... (2, Insightful)

bn0p (656911) | about 9 years ago | (#13296179)

So I can see why FedEx would take umbrage at his using the boxes they're paying for to make furniture, and then turning around and showing everyone in the world how what a bunch of suckers FedEx is for giving boxes away for free.

Ok, so FedEx has a reason to be peeved with this guy. They could cut off his account (if he has one) and put his name on a blacklist of folks that cannot receive free boxes.

IANAL, but scamming free boxes is not a copyright violation and I am hard pressed to see how a website showing pictures of their boxes is either.

-- Never let reality temper imagination

"You just can't make this stuff up." (0, Troll)

MattGWU (86623) | about 9 years ago | (#13295970)

Oh, sure you can!

Re:"You just can't make this stuff up." (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13296039)

...and it's not like the slashdot editors would care if you did!

Re:"You just can't make this stuff up." (1)

mathmathrevolution (813581) | about 9 years ago | (#13296172)

Did you hear about that time in the 90s when Jeff Bezos totally killed a man and UPS'd his dead body to a library in Tijuana? Apparently somebody caught the whole thing on one of Amazon's digital cameras and a few years later the shit was about to come down. That's when Bezos got congress to write provisions in the DMCA, barring the use of copyrighted digital images as courtroom evidence. After that the criminal case was dismissed for lack of evidence and the Tijuana public library was forced to settle for only 12 million pesos.

Strength of the case... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13295971)

This case seems about as strong as his furniture: their evidence being as flimsy as his creations...

Woo, got those out of the way...

Re:Strength of the case... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13296016)

You forgot:

      the legal team claimed it was open-and-shut.

      they have him boxed in.

      they expect him to fold quickly.

     

Only a matter of time (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13295976)

It's only a matter of time before FedEx starts going after the homeless that live in FedEx boxes...

Re:Only a matter of time (1)

borawjm (747876) | about 9 years ago | (#13296087)

It's only a matter of time before FedEx starts going after the homeless that live in FedEx boxes

Those must be the upperclass homeless people you speak of

Re:Only a matter of time (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13296192)

So can we just ship them out of town? Overnight?

Perhaps a boycott should be in order. (1)

bbroerman (715822) | about 9 years ago | (#13295979)

As much as I see complaints about companies like this, I rarely see anyone suggesting anything to help remedy the situation... Why don't we boycott FedEx? Pick UPS or some other delivery service instead!

Re:Perhaps a boycott should be in order. (1)

hobbesmaster (592205) | about 9 years ago | (#13296015)

I think that FedEx won't get away with this - the guy has Stanford law profs defending him pro bono.

Wake me up when this becomes a story... (1)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | about 9 years ago | (#13296209)

This is a funny story, but really a non-story that will fade quickly. In all likelihood, if this guy had simply ignored the letter, he would not have heard from FedEx again. Companies like FedEx shotgun out this type of stuff and simply wait to see what floats to the top, like chumming the waters. Non-issue, non-story. Move along.

Re:Perhaps a boycott should be in order. (1)

matth (22742) | about 9 years ago | (#13296069)

I already boycott fedex.. they have aweful develiery.. I use UPS whenever possible.

Re:Perhaps a boycott should be in order. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13296177)

Huh. I have had exactly the opposite experience. I cringe when I have to order something and the shop uses UPS over FedEx.

Re:Perhaps a boycott should be in order. (1)

LearnToSpell (694184) | about 9 years ago | (#13296197)

That's strange. I find it's just the opposite. FedEx has always come through for me, while UPS almost always destroys my stuff, regardless of how it's packed (ever seen a cardboard box fall 5 storeys?). Last one that came in had two forklift holes in it. Four, I guess, counting the exit wounds.

Back in college... (3, Funny)

TheOtherAgentM (700696) | about 9 years ago | (#13295984)

They put out these stupid phone directories. No one wanted them. They were the biggest waste of money, and they ended up sitting outside on huge stacks for people to grab. One night, we took a whole bunch of them, added some duct tape, and we had a couch for our dorm room. The only problem was that the covers were glossy and we would also slide off the couch.

Slashdotted already? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13295986)

Unless the site was already taken down, that's the fastest one I've seen in a while.

Death knell (1)

kevin_conaway (585204) | about 9 years ago | (#13295988)

Fedex just earned itself a lifetime of wrath (probably no lost business though) from Slashdotters by invoking the four-letter word.

The four letter word aside, is he legally allowed to use their logo in that manner?

Allowances for artistic expression? (5, Insightful)

Tepshen (851674) | about 9 years ago | (#13295990)

IANAL but after looking at the website it strikes me that on this scale the effort and pictures can almost be considered artistic. this guy did some very creative stuff with those boxes and I'm pretty impressed with the results. It seems pretty draconian even for DMCA to stifle this kind of work.

In related news... (1)

TheJorge (713680) | about 9 years ago | (#13296184)

CSC Brands, the owner of the Campbell's soup trademark is suing the estate of Andy Warhol for copyright violation.

Full mirror here (5, Informative)

winkydink (650484) | about 9 years ago | (#13295991)

Weird... very weird

Mirror [networkmirror.com] .

Re:Full mirror here (2, Funny)

khazad (900803) | about 9 years ago | (#13296170)

It's a classic story. The crusader is attacked by evil copyright bad-guys. He refuses to submit and puts his website back online. In a cruel twist, his site is ultimately annihilated by those who support him.

A little bit excessive... (3, Interesting)

necro2607 (771790) | about 9 years ago | (#13295993)

Aren't there laws about making absolutely unreasonable legal threats towards someone? ...

This is wayyy over the line!

Well, guess I won't be shipping any packages with FedEx any time soon. Knowing that "that could be me" is enough for me to boycott the company and encourage others to do so as well...

Oooh, they wrote a *Letter*? (5, Insightful)

fishbowl (7759) | about 9 years ago | (#13296001)

Just because some lawyer writes you a letter doesn't mean you have to do anything asked. If that were the case, there would be pure anarchy.

A judgement, which generally comes after a hearing, is another matter.

There's no way they'd win any claim of damages, period. They might be able to persuade a network provider to remove a site, but that's only because the customer usually has signed a contract with the provider that waives any right to damages resulting from a site being taken down, not because lawyers get to make law merely by writing letters to people.

If he's violating copyright and trademark law, then why can't Ford sue me for driving a Ford with Ford trademarks all over it? If I put a picture of my Ford on the the web, can they take down my site?

Precisely how is this different?

Re:Oooh, they wrote a *Letter*? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13296123)

I think that was tried by SCO, since they were sueing their own customers for using their IP. :P

Re:Oooh, they wrote a *Letter*? (3, Insightful)

Locke2005 (849178) | about 9 years ago | (#13296134)

If you put up a web site called myford.com with a copy of the Ford logo on every page, then yes, they probably could sue you for trademark infringement. If he had simply named the site shippingcompanyfurniture.com, then FedEx should have no legal recourse. But of course he just had to use the trademarked "FedEx" in the name, and put a copy of the FedEx logo on every page.

It's all about shutting down the site. (5, Insightful)

doublem (118724) | about 9 years ago | (#13296002)

Here's the real deal. FedEx doesn't want to be providing thousands to millions of boxes to people who won't be paying to use them to ship items via FedEx.

The lawsuit is probably not expected to succeed, but to pressure the web site owner into closing up shop. If he doesn't have the cash for proper furniture, then he won't have the cash for lawyers.

For FedEx, "winning" consists of getting the site of the Internet. The legal battle is a means to an end.

Of course the result of all this is I'll be pressuring our shipping department to use UPS instead.

Re:It's all about shutting down the site. (5, Funny)

Kelson (129150) | about 9 years ago | (#13296074)

And, by making sure he gets Slashdotted, they've already succeeded!

Re:It's all about shutting down the site. (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | about 9 years ago | (#13296080)

Here's the real deal. FedEx doesn't want to be providing thousands to millions of boxes to people who won't be paying to use them to ship items via FedEx. Duh. So why not charge people the actual cost of the boxes, then subtract it off the shipping fees?

domains (1)

skeletor935 (790212) | about 9 years ago | (#13296004)

I doubt 2/3 of the world knows that the internet committee(don't care which one) actually differentiates betewen (com, net, org)

slashdotted (3, Funny)

BobVila (592015) | about 9 years ago | (#13296010)

Is the server made out of fedex boxes.

Re:slashdotted (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13296088)

No, the editors are just too fucking stupid to post a Coral-cached link to the sites. Even though it's been requested by readers and site owners alike hundreds of times over the years.

Re:slashdotted (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13296185)

It is not requested by all site owners. Pageview counts are important for commercial sites.

Re:slashdotted (1)

og_sh0x (520297) | about 9 years ago | (#13296194)

Quit bitching and use Mirrordot. How many times must you be told? You're welcome. [mirrordot.com]

Re:slashdotted (1)

ooby (729259) | about 9 years ago | (#13296182)

Even though he put his content back on the site after speaking with his lawyer, we've taken it down for him.

Its common (2, Funny)

hackstraw (262471) | about 9 years ago | (#13296011)

Wired is running an article about a guy with no money making furniture out of FedEx boxes. If that weren't strange enough, FedEx is going after him, legally citing the DMCA. Yes, the DMCA.

Its common for homeless people or people without money to commit stupid crimes in order to get locked up for a while in order to get a free place to stay and food. This guy must have been clever to be able to first get temporary free furniture and then a temporary free place to stay and free food.

Very clever.

they'll probably just shut down the site... (2, Funny)

paulsgre (890463) | about 9 years ago | (#13296012)

...and, erm, send him on his way.

the DMCA (1)

xiaomonkey (872442) | about 9 years ago | (#13296014)

I don't know if anybody has said it before but with all that it's empowered various companies to do the DMCA is clearly the:

worst...technology-law...ever....

He's a geek (5, Funny)

digitalvengeance (722523) | about 9 years ago | (#13296019)

My favorite part of the site, the footer:

If any shipping corporations have problems with our site please feel free to forward requests to /dev/null. By emailing us any questions or comments you give fedexfurniture.com the right to post any such message, and or replies on our site.

Why? (1)

It doesn't come easy (695416) | about 9 years ago | (#13296024)

Because this is America, the land of the free to sue anyone for any damn thing you want and home of the bravely take the DMCA as far as it can possibly go...

You have to love their claim (2, Interesting)

Evets (629327) | about 9 years ago | (#13296025)

You have to love their claim that his building furniture with fedex boexes violates the terms of use at fedex.com.

"fedex.com is provided solely for the use of current and potential FedEx customers to interact with FedEx and may not be used by any other person or entity, or for any other purpose."

Re:You have to love their claim (1)

Monkelectric (546685) | about 9 years ago | (#13296050)

If you wanna get THAT stupid, I think getting the boxes in the first place made him a fedex customer.

Re:You have to love their claim (1)

It doesn't come easy (695416) | about 9 years ago | (#13296176)

This is the SCO logic approach: "The boxes have our name on them, same as fedex.com, so we own them, what's in them, pictures of them, the house that they are in, the street that the house is on, the air that touches them, the whole world, everything. Pay up.

Take down! (2, Funny)

Fr05t (69968) | about 9 years ago | (#13296037)

Fedex gave him warning, then posted a link to his site in a ./ article.

FedEx (0)

Nonillion (266505) | about 9 years ago | (#13296051)

Dude, pass the bong, let me try that serious green.

DMCA?????? You have to be fsking kidding me, maybe it's litigation on this level that will do away with the DCMA. But realistically, satan will be wearing long johns before this happens.

Free Beer (2, Funny)

howlin_walleye (801303) | about 9 years ago | (#13296053)

When I was in college my roommate and I made a couch out of cases of empty (beer) returnables. Can I sue somebody to get free beer?

Just another step on the road to hell... (4, Insightful)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | about 9 years ago | (#13296058)

I tell ya, we are rapidly approaching a time when anyone with money and power can attack anyone else, for any reason, under the guise of some byzantine law that no one understands, or agrees with, even the people who passed it.

In many countries like Brazil, it's completely impossible to run a business and abide by the labyrinthe of complicated and conflicting laws. Is this the kind of country we want in the U.S.?

Now, it's possible that FedEx has a case that this guy is abusing their trademark with the appropriately colored "Fed Ex" text on his site, but I can't see how he is harming them and the fact that they would... and could... cite the DMCA is just frightening. Is there no sense of perspective among these huge companies? All the guy is saying is that they make good boxes, but now they will generate not a small amount of bad will.

Now if the guy was selling the furniture, I also think they'd have a case. As it is, maybe he'll have to spray paint or otherwise obscure the company's logo. I thought these guys paid big bucks to plaster their names on anything they could like billboards, TV commercials, stadiums, people's foreheads...

I guess Mattel missed out by not using the DMCA when they pounded the crap out of that harmless little Barbie site several years ago. I guess the lawyers need someone to beat up or they start getting cranky.

Universal, foolproof 2-step legal attack: (1)

DarkHand (608301) | about 9 years ago | (#13296068)

The universal foolproof 2-step legal attack: 1. Yell 'DMCA! DMCA! DMCA!' at the person you want to stop doing whatever it is they're doing. 2. Profit!

WTF? (3, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | about 9 years ago | (#13296071)

Since a cardboard box isn't Digital, and he's not Copying anything, how is DMCA applicable?

Illegal use of their trademark maybe, since he's got a web-page up (allegedly, the site seems slashdotted) showing their boxes with their logo on it.

But he didn't do anything to circumvent anything resembling a copy-protection mechanism or otherwise infringe on the copyrights of FedEx.

How in heck could the DMCA even be applicable here?

Forget FedEx, /. just put him out of business (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13296077)

poor server

If we had the DMCA in the 60s... (5, Insightful)

VValdo (10446) | about 9 years ago | (#13296085)

Andy Warhol would be in a lot of trouble [queensu.ca] .

W

Questionable spending choices (2, Interesting)

winkydink (650484) | about 9 years ago | (#13296089)

He can afford to spend money on a laptop and orange hair dye but not necessities. Misplaced priorities? More likely a publicity stunt.

he is a software developer (1)

sum.zero (807087) | about 9 years ago | (#13296157)

expecting him to not have own computer is just stupid.

sum.zero

DMCA? (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 9 years ago | (#13296091)

While it seems they MIGHT have a trademark dispute against him (since he is using their trademark in a fashion for which they do not wish to be associated), can somebody explain in what universe something that is supposed to govern encrypted digital copyrighted works is applicable to this situation? The only digital copyrighted material involved here is the guy's website, and as the author, _he_ has the copyright on the relevant digital works, not Fedex.

Fuck FedEx... order some boxes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13296097)

We should all just order a ton of free boxes from FedEx to show them how stupid they are! I know what I'm using in my fireplace this winter!

Poor FedEx Pope (2, Funny)

DragonMagic (170846) | about 9 years ago | (#13296107)

He can't catch a break.

FedEx likes their TM (2, Interesting)

mediaslave (32167) | about 9 years ago | (#13296118)

I remembered them going after a coffee shop dba Federal Espresso in my home town a while back... found this:

http://www.lexnotes.com/sources/subs/cases/2ndCir_ 98-9430.shtml [lexnotes.com]

I believe they had to change their name, but funnily enough someone in San Fran is running a Federal Espresso now:

http://www.usrg.com/drg3/san_francisco/r/39/r3913. html [usrg.com]

Maybe someone should warn them...

He's a nerd, without a doubt. (2, Funny)

mark-t (151149) | about 9 years ago | (#13296127)

FTA:
The bed can handle his 5-foot-6-inch, 165-pound frame, even when he jumps up and down on it (an experiment he tried in response to an e-mail asking if the bed could support two people).

Windows? (1)

ficken (807392) | about 9 years ago | (#13296140)

What would have happened if he had used Windows instead of boxes?

This is why every one cheers (0, Troll)

blamanj (253811) | about 9 years ago | (#13296141)

...at the line from King Henry VI, Part II

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."

    -- William Shakespeare

Hmmm (1)

SlayerofGods (682938) | about 9 years ago | (#13296148)

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm pretty conflicted about this.
On the one hand I'd hate to see this guy's right to publish his ideas on the internet get quashed.
But on the other, I'd hate to see FedEx get taken advantage of for providing a very useful service.
...
I don't know who to root for.

FedEx Sued Him Just for the Slashdotting... (2, Funny)

KnarfO (320113) | about 9 years ago | (#13296149)

I doubt FedEx really cares about the suit; they just wanted to do something crazy enough to pop up on the /. radar so we'd all go over and melt down his server.

We've been duped!!
 
:-/

Slashdotted? (4, Funny)

k98sven (324383) | about 9 years ago | (#13296156)

Hmm..

1) Someone puts up a website that irritates your corporation
2) File a frivolous lawsuit against the website
3) Wait until Slashdot picks up the resulting story
4) Watch the site go down in flames due to the subsequent slashdotting.
5) Objective achived, site is offline!

Slashdot - greater threat to free speech than the DMCA? :)

Wired vs. Slashdot (2, Funny)

ds_job (896062) | about 9 years ago | (#13296162)

It just goes to show the level of interest / level of readership both sites have. I saw this on Wired earlier, clicked the link and had a butchers, saw lots of nice photos of furniture made from cardboard and then got back to doing some proper work. Then this appears in my RSS reader and I go back to have another chortle and the damn thing is unreachable. Slashdot and aa419.org should team up and become the worlds largest manual instigated DDOS system

NEWS FLASH!!! (0, Offtopic)

SquiggleButt (906910) | about 9 years ago | (#13296191)

Man in Redkneck, USA patents flatulance, sues Tom, Dick and Harry for farting in public without paying license fees!!! Movie at 11!

Hmmm ... (1)

hotspotbloc (767418) | about 9 years ago | (#13296196)

FedEx boxes are one of few supplies in an office that no one tracks so am I the only one thinking "I really need a couch in the cubicle?" Guess I can make a pillow from a trash can liner and packing peanuts.

Exactly when... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13296199)

I would be curious to know when this guy broke a law.

Was it as soon as he used the boxes for something other than shipping a package through fedex, when he took a picture of it, when he shared the picture with his friends, when he posted it on the bulletin board at the grocery store (hypothetically), or when he placed it on the Web.
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