Yahoo not Amused by Pot Parody Site! 

Yahoo not Amused by Pot Parody Site! 
Posted by FoM on January 12, 1999 at 08:45:02 PT
This was on C/Net's Web Site!
A law firm representing Yahoo sent a letter to the creators of Yahooka--which calls itself the "guide to Marijuana on the Internet"--late last week, threatening legal action if the site is not deactivated and the domains "" and "" are not turned over to Yahoo. The letter gives a deadline of January 13 for "written assurances" of compliance. 
Yahoo not amused by pot parody site! By Beth LiptonStaff Writer, CNET News.comThe domain fight is becoming a real buzz kill for Yahoo."Your use of Yahooka and ',' a close variation of our client's Yahoo mark and '' domain name, is likely to cause the public to mistakenly believe that this site is connected with, sponsored by, or approved in some way by Yahoo, therefore constituting actionable dilution under state and federal law," the letter from Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, and Dunner attorney Christie Baty Heinze states. Heinze confirmed that the letter posted to Yahooka is the one she sent the site, but declined further comment. A Yahoo spokeswoman said the company "doesn't comment on pending legal matters." "Yahooka is a directory of marijuana-related information and sites. We feel that we have been targeted unfairly by Yahoo," a representative of the site wrote in an email message to CNET "They themselves list in their directory Yahoo parody Web sites, and there are other Internic-registered domain names which contain the word 'yahoo.' They also have a marijuana category in their directory list, which includes a link to Yahooka." 
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