Subject: CONFIDENTIAL COPYRIGHT MATTER
FINAL BONA FIDE OFFER IN COMPROMISE
Chairman and CEO
Mr. Lennert Leader
CFO & Treasurer
America Online, Inc.
22000 AOL Way
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
FROM: Paul Andrew Mitchell, B.A., M.S., Author,
Counselor at Law, Federal Witness, and
Private Attorney General
DATE: June 8, 1998
RE: Ongoing Copyright Violations of Rights to
"The Federal Zone," electronic 4th edition
Dear Mr. Case et al.:
After several written offers to your company, notifying
you of the on-going violation of My copyrights in the
electronic fourth (4th) edition of "The Federal Zone:
Cracking the Code of Internal Revenue," we take very
seriously your corporation's (AOL's) failure to remove
this stolen publication from all AOL file servers.
See Internet URL: http://www.deoxy.org/fz in chief
(hereinafter "The Federal Zone").
In order to avoid entirely the additional liabilities
which AOL will incur from adverse jury verdict(s),
and the bad publicity resulting therefrom, we now make
you our final, bona fide offer in compromise in this
matter. This offer is to be construed also as a
bona fide offer to hold AOL, and all of its officers
and employees, harmless.
In return for the right to invoice electronically all
AOL subscribers (both past and present) who have ever
downloaded any part of "The Federal Zone" from the
offending website on AOL's file servers, which right
we offer to assign to AOL in a properly executed
settlement contract, we will accept the certain sum
of $2.5 million ($2,500,000.00) U.S. dollars, drawn
on your bank in ten (10) equal and separate certified
bank checks or mutually authorized wire transfers,
all paid in advance of the electronic invoicing
We estimate that approximately 500,000 unauthorized
"bootleg" copies have been disseminated throughout the
Internet because of the offending website on AOL's
file servers, and because of AOL's refusal to remove
the stolen publication, after receiving lawful notice
of the copyright violation. At the standard fee of
$25.00 per copy (see Preface), this agreement would
gross AOL $12,500,000.00, and net a one-time profit to
AOL of $10,000,000.00 even, exclusive of your costs
to program and execute a one-time electronic billing.
We think this solution is the most equitable for all
concerned. The AOL subscribers were provided with
advance notice of the $25.00 fee, in the Preface
to "The Federal Zone." The stolen copy now residing
on AOL's file servers does not preserve the original
character stream of the authorized electronic fourth
edition, and no prior permission from the author
was ever obtained to make the changes extant in that
stolen copy now found at http://www.deoxy.org/, nor
to post same at said Internet URL.
The names, addresses, and other account information of
all AOL subscribers who obtained illegal copies of
"The Federal Zone" are all proprietary to AOL. We
emphatically will NOT consent to assuming the burden
of invoicing, and initiating collection action(s)
against, these very same subscribes, because an
electronic debit against their credit card accounts
is much more cost-effective, and just, for all
My "exclusive Right" [sic] in this authoritative and
well recognized work is beyond question, and it is
also a fundamental Right which is guaranteed by the
Constitution for the United States of America,
as lawfully amended. See Article I, Section 8,
in pari materia.
Please respond in writing no later than 5:00 p.m.
MDT on Thursday, June 18, 1998 (ten days hence).
We will regard any continuation of your silence,
and/or your continued refusal to remove "The Federal
Zone" from your file servers, as further intentional
and premeditated violations of My stated copyrights
in this written work.
Thank you very much for your serious consideration
of this bona fide offer in compromise.
/s/ Paul Andrew Mitchell
Paul Andrew Mitchell, B.A., M.S.
Author (under a pen name), Counselor at Law,
Federal Witness, and Private Attorney General
Supreme Law Firm
c/o general delivery at:
2509 North Campbell Avenue, Suite 1776
copies: private counsel
litigation files (pending)
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