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This page used to mention someone's name, but apparently that name is now a trademark. So as not to annoy the owners of some intellectual property, the trademark has been replaced by the innocuous text string "Jack Shitman".
See the latest legal threat here.
When the email below came in, I thought at first that it was from the Gutless Anonymous Liar using a new anonymiser, but then I looked more closely at the language patterns (I did three years of linguistics at university just to get ready for this day), and while it was close it was not close enough. There is a commonality of style that goes across all unhinged hate mail, but each writer still has a certain uniqueness. I started looking for clues.
The first clue was the mention of the American Computer Scientists Foundation. This rang a bell, so I put it into Google for a reminder and up popped archkook Jack Shulman. Jack used to tell people that the transistor didn't come from the minds of Shockley, Bardeen and Brattain (who won the Nobel Prize in 1956) but was really some alien technology that the government had recovered from a crashed spaceship. As well as a computer manufacturing company, Jack runs the American Computer Scientists Association which seems to own the Foundation. It looks like Jack also believes that IBM was responsible for World War II.
Jack doesn't like people suggesting that he is a few K short of a megabyte, and he reacted badly when he found out that he had been mentioned in Quintessence of the Loon. He eventually pretended to be a lawyer and threatened me with all sorts of legal things, leading to the following obligatory result of all such threats:
The other clues came from the email addresses used. The rant was addressed to my work email instead of a "ratbags.com" address, but the real clincher was the use of the name "lilac" for the sender. This is what Jack called himself when he pretended to be a lawyer back in September 2001.
I subsequently found out that it was indeed Jack and he had reproduced the rant on a web page of such awesome imbecility that I felt humbled by the experience of reading it. Well, amused more than humbled ... You can see this masterpiece here.
Jack also took a hint from Mr William P O'Neill's harassment guide and created a profile for me at the Healthfraud Discussion List introduction page. I expect the site manager has removed it by now, but you can still see what it looked like here.
Jack's fuse was tripped by something I had written for the Australian Computer Society. You can read it here.
Here it is, in all its glory:
From: "lilac" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: A PUBLIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR A REAL DIRTBAG...
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2002 01:48:48 -0500
M E M O R A N D U M
OCTOBER 31, 2002
To: Herr Peter Bowditch Webmaster/Operator of offensive website: RATBAGS.COM.
Re: You've Won A PUBLIC AWARD for your website and behavior!!!
Achtung! Herr Bowditch,
I have a comment to make to you about you, and then a PUBLIC AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT to pass on to you. I hope I didn't interrupt you during your Goose-Step Marching practice, this evening, Herr Unterfuhrer?
I just read your article about "A Different Internet Security Problem". It's horrible, understated and inadequate, it simply accuses the people who attempt to defend themselves from your BROTHEL OF WEB SLANDER and DEFAMATION, Ratbags.com, that you cleverly cloak in a deception alleging third party pop psycho-analysis of the personalities of people you try to falsely claim are "weirdoes", and then proceed to cast them in that light deceptively, solopsystically proving your point through a wide range of pathological lies about them.
You haven't an ounce of computer science knowledge nor talent. Ratbags.com is an example of a Slime Bag (you) ASPIRING to be a Rat Bag (which would be a compliment compared to you, presently.)
It's strange, because you're so self-deluded, you've begun to believe you're a Pop Icon (NOT!) and that people believe you (DOUBLE NOT!)
Yet, the term "moderately criminal psychopath" appears to apply to you. You stand on your RATBAGS.COM soapbox and spread turds all over the reputations of people you don't even know, for personal gain & profit: damaging them, their families, their income and their lives. You have no respect for anyone, you're just a gangster. PERIOD.
You must really hate yourself, to spread such HATE against others.
And that article about stalking?
You have amazing nerve accusing anyone else of terroristic behavior on the web, since it is so that you are one who engages in it.
The only RATBAG on RATBAGS.com, is it's OPERATOR, Peter Bowditch, who clearly shares with his economic sponsors one thing in common: he's a HATE CRIMINAL, and engages in cleverly deceptive HATE INDUCEMENT SPEECH, just like the NAZI's of WWII and their "ELDERS OF ZION" literature, and the Pakistanis and Iraqi's and Iranians of the International Terror Cells and their false accusations against Israel and Jews and Christians.
You do it in boutique fashion, libeling/slandering and defaming, with a pen that knows no accountability. It's cheap thrills for the incumbent Armchair Serial Murderer, which is precisely WHO YOU ARE. You're an Armchair Serial Reputation Murderer, who like John Muhammed, sneaks around shooting people's careers and businesses in the back, cloaking your murder weapon, the pen and HTML Editor, behind a cheap 1990 Blue Chevy Caprice of a website: RATBAGS.COM, the holes in the Trunk cleverly hiding an AR15 with .223 DEFAMATION AMMO designed to penetrate the spleens, kidneys and stomachs of your victims, exploding them from within, destroying them from the very sickest of all sick minds that conceives of the ways to destroy harmless people whom you just decide to deprecate (no, actually, most of them are targets your sponsor pays you, in favor bank style, for what you do).
You're no better then the Sniper, I'm almost surprised you're not buggering some young boy who helps you with your daily assassination of the personal reputations and livelihoods of your unknowing victims, who've done nothing more than be or say or stand for that which you feel you can easily discredit by an out of context, unsubstantiated assault in language appealing to the average Howard Stern fan.
Peter, if it were worth my while, I'd have a Grand Jury indict you and your sponsors in the US for Criminal Electronic Terrorism. You belong in jail. They belong in War Crimes Prison. But in Australia, apparently they are just beginning to learn what forms Terrorism takes in the world. And in the USA, the United State's short term Administration of Government, lasting only 8 years per administration, has insufficient memory to even remember that a company from the USA boosted Nazi Germany into armed occupation of Europe, murder of Jews, Gypsies and Catholics, and other acts.
And Terrorism? There's Business Terrorism, Web Terrorism (these two apply to you), and also Violent Terrorism (no less bloodshedding and damage to people from any of the foregoing, one may blow you up, but the other leaves you living but destroys your reputation, your life and your future.)
I pity any psychotherapist that is stuck trying to treat a mind like yours, self-reassuring that it can do these things, these HATE CRIMES to innocent people, without any one of them realizing you're a HATE CRIMINAL and PROXY WEB TERRORIST for certain economic interests.
You and fulks like you, are simply self-deluded, witless, brain dead BORG, employed by the Evil Empire from Armonk that extends outward into the Axis of Evil and fuels attacks by the Violent Terrorists, using long range plans to dominate Arabic Markets and Oil Markets with their goods as justification, the same justification their boss used in re-arming the NAZIs to World War II and helping them automate Railroads, Census taking and Death Camps to hurry the murder of innocent civilians of the Jewish, Catholic, Gypsy, and other faiths, whose commitment to something higher than Adolph Hitler threatened their need to dominate every man, woman and child in the Third Reich. Which is about the same thing people like you do to any independent view that might equally threaten your sponsors, because they can't repress it and they can't dominate it. So they hire you to kill it using a website.
You do their bidding, they pay your fee. You seek the limelight and the soapbox, because they feed and care for you.
Your the first person to receive our "MASS WEB ABUSER OF THE YEAR" AWARD for being the "first officially recognized WEB SNIPER-TERRORIST / MASS MURDERER (of people's reputations)".
For being so "great" at it, we've awarded Mr. Peter Bowditch of "Ratbags.com" the official title: "GRADE A NAZI, SCHEISS-MEISTER OF THE ART OF WEB TERRORISM".
While Freedom of speech is not Freedom to engage in Defamation, you've achieved new heights in hiding your own electronic stalking patterns, electronic defamation of character, and electronic web slander/libel/misinformation.
If you had any commitment to being a compassionate, responsible, accountable person, you'd look at what you'd done on RATBAGS.com, and you'd go find a nice 1911 Colt .45 and put a bullet through your own head, and spare the world your kind of inane insanity and irritation.
But instead, I'm afraid that we and 15,000 other IT companies and organizations, have decided to award you this award, so you don't need to. You'll be recognized for the dead head you are. No need for a bullet, when you're dead already, eh, Herr Peter?
In the coming months we'll be advising the Press, the Public, and Governments and People all over the world of your having won an award that was very hard fought between you, and several other candidates who, while of very equally squalid deceptive character makeup, were not quite as gifted as you at hiding your agenda behind seemingly believable misrepresentations, and undermining the life works and enormous accomplishments of innocent, hard working people you'd never even met. All that it took was a nod from someone in Armonk, New York or Blue Bell, Pa, or San Francisco, California, and you were in their face with defamation, mocked up libel and character assassination. It mattered not to you who you hurt, how you hurt them, nor anything else: being the Ira Einhorn of Web Defamation aimed at innocent targets, you cared less about that than trying to build your personal soapbox and repute large enough to start making the big bucks, without even once thinking that everything you'd done would become the epitaph on your own Morality Tombstone.
That is what earned you the all time award as of October 31, 2002.
Who knows, maybe tomorrow, someone like Glenn Campbell, or Peter Soltys, or David Oates, or Jeff Rense, or Zeta Talk, Joe Firmage or Werner Airhead, will find a way to exceed the utter perversity of your egregious pathological character assassination by defamation and slander.
Your specialty: Business and Web Terrorism and Terroristic Anti-competition Harassment, is a tuff-nut to beat you on. But they keep just on trying.
For now, you're at the pinnacle of your profession and the height of your form. Maybe tomorrow you'll find yourself outmatched out there.
You've hurt a lot of good people, for no reason at all. What goes around, comes around, Herr Bowditch, what goes around comes around...
Now, let's see how you like being the object of your own kind of behavior... only in this case, it's THE TRUTH.
Hey, it's out there, the TRUTH, that is !!!
THIS HAS BEEN A PUBLIC ABUSE AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT TO A PUBLIC MENACE: HERR PETER BOWDITCH, OPERATOR OF A PUBLIC ABUSIVE WEBSITE, RATBAGS.COM, SCHEISS-MEISTER OF WEB TERRORISM, GRADE-A NAZI IN A CAN OF HAVEN SPAM. THE ULTIMATE ARMCHAIR MASS CHARACTER ASSASSIN, THE RIGHTFUL HOLDER OF THE TITLE FOR WORST VIOLATOR OF THE STANDARDS OF ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR ON THE INTERNET, NON ADULT, NON FETISH CATEGORY. IF YOU WISH TO CONTACT HERR PETER, HIS EMAIL IS: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> WE'RE QUITE CERTAIN HE'LL LOVE HEARING FROM YOU ON ALMOST ANY SUBJECT (BUT, CAVEAT EMPTOR, VENDEAT EMPTOR, THE SCHEISS MEISTER IS ONE NASTY LITTLE DIRTBAG WITH SLIMY, POINTY TEETH!)
(c) Copyright 2002 AMERICAN COMPUTER SCIENTISTS FOUNDATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. May not be published or reproduced for any purpose without the express written permission of the author.
Hey, Jack, can I have permission to publish this? Thank you.
In May 2003, Jack got all worked up again and threatened me on his web site with all sorts of things. I didn't hear about this until March 2007, so I guess I'm not going to be sued to oblivion. Here is the text:
To: Peter Bowditch, Chief of Staff Webmaster/Operator of extremely offensive website: RATBAGS.COM.
Re: You've Won A MAJOR AWARD for your offensive website and terrorist-like behavior!
UPDATED MAY 27, 2003: ACSA ASKED TO RESPOND IN PERSON...
HEY, PETER GEBESSE/BOWDITCH: YOU GOOFED RATHER SEVERELY...
1) APPARENTLY, YOU SEEM TO THINK I, SAID "ALIENS" GAVE AT&T TRANSISTORS, I NEVER SAID ANY SUCH THING, JUST THAT I WAS ASKED TO INVESTIGATE THE ISSUE. I FOUND PUBLICLY THAT THAT SERIES OF CONCLUSIONS WERE MADE BY PHILLIP CORSO, AND SEEMED TO BE CONFIRMED FROM STANTON FRIEDMAN, ALLEGEDLY. I SAID "OTHERS HAVE SAID THAT ALIENS BROUGHT CERTAIN TECHNOLOGIES TO EARTH", ALL WE HAVE DONE AT ACC IS EXAMINE THE ISSUE, WE HAVE NO CONCLUSION ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, JUST AN OPEN QUESTION, SINCE WE WEREN'T AROUND IN 1947 WHEN THAT ALLEGEDLY TOOK PLACE. YOU JUMPED TO THE WRONG CONCLUSIONS HERE, GUY! AMAZING PART IS, YOU DON'T EVEN RECOGNIZE YOUR OWN MISSTATEMENT OF FACT. YOU INSIST WHAT I SAID HAD TO DO WITH SPACE ALIENS AND MARTIANS. I WOULD SUGGEST YOU GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THOSE 1950's UFO MOVIES LONG ENOUGH TO REPEAT THINGS WITH SOME MEASURE OF INTEGRITY, A BEHAVIORISM THAT CLEARLY EVADES YOU.
2) APPARENTLY, YOU ALSO THINK THAT I SAID "IBM STARTED WORLD WAR II". THAT, TOO IS A MISSTATEMENT. I WORKED FOR IBM PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AS A PROFESSIONAL AND FOR IBM'S BOARD PROJECTS LIKE OFFICE OF THE FUTURE, FROM SOME TIME AROUND 1981 FORWARD ON MANY AND VARIED TASKS. I CAME TO KNOW THAT IBM IS CAPABLE OF TAKING MULTIPLE SIDES IN ANY INTERNATIONAL DISPUTE, AND HAD SOME PEOPLE WORKING WITHIN IT THAT SEEMED TO HAVE SOME PRETTY SEVERE ATTITUDES AGAINST JEWS, MYSELF INCLUDED, WHO WAS CALLED BY ONE IBM'ER WHEN I REFUSED TO INAPPROPRIATELY PROLONG A PARTICULAR CUSTOMER CONTRACT WRONGFULLY, A "F**ING HEBE!". THAT CONFLICT ENDED UP A LAWSUIT AND IBM'S SERVICE PROVISIONER HAD TO PAY THE PIPER JUST IN ORDER TO RESOLVE THAT IN SETTLEMENT, AND THE ACCOMPANYING LABOR DEPARTMENT COMPLAINT, ENDED UP IN OUR FAVOR, TOO. JUST ONE TOO MANY SLURS, I GUESS.
3) HOWEVER, AS TO THE ADVERTISED STORY ON ACSA'S WEBSITE, IF YOU LOOK AT http://www.ibmandtheholocaust.com YOU WILL SEE THE BOOK THAT IS QUOTED BY THE ACSA WEBSITE, IT WAS WRITTEN BY EDWIN BLACK, SON OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS, AND IT IS QUITE ACCURATE ABOUT EXACTLY HOW IBM PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN THE REARMING OF NAZI GERMANY, HITLER'S REGIME RISE, AND IN THE DEATH CAMPS, INDUSTRIALIZATION AND MILITARIZATION OF NAZI GERMANY. IT ALSO DESCRIBES HOW IBM'S ROLE AS CENSUS TAKER THROUGHOUT EUROPE, ALLOWED IT TO SELL THE WHEREABOUTS OF ALL THE JEWS, CATHOLICS, GYPSIES, ELDERLY AND INFIRM TO THE NAZI SS, AND ORGANIZED BOTH THE RAILROADS AND THE EXTERMINATION CENTERS, USING IBM TECHNOLOGY - MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE START OF WORLD WAR II, BLACK MAKES A VERY SOLD CASE WITHOUT DRAWING EVEN ONE WRONG INFERENCE, A CASE EVEN IBM HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO DISCREDIT. BASED ON THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF MAN HOURS, EVEN YEARS, OF ACTUAL RESEARCH, UNLIKE YOUR FLASH IN THE PAN WEBSITE.
4) FURTHERMORE, YOU BELIEVE I WON'T SUE YOU FOR MISREPRESENTATION OF FACT. IF YOU WEREN'T SO TOTALLY ABSURD AND DISPROVABLE IN YOUR WEBSITE, I WOULD HAVE SUED YOU, AS I'D SUED AND TAKEN JUDGMENTS AGAINST LAN LAMPHERE, GERALD HAUSER, AND MIKE RANNEY IN THE NOT SO DISTANT PAST. THE RESULT IN THOSE SUITS: ABOUT $600,000 IN JUDGMENTS, AND NOT IN THEIR FAVOR EITHER.
CARE TO JOIN THE GROWING CROWD OF LOSING DEFENDANTS, OR DOES THE THOUGHT THAT AUSTRALIA GIVES YOU SHELTER SEEM TO GIVE YOU A RISING TIDE OF COURAGE? DON'T WORRY: IT DOESN'T! I NOTICE YOU ARE VERY QUICK TO TRY AND EVOKE FOREIGN DOMINION, AS IF THAT ABSOLVES YOU FROM LIABILITY HERE IN THE STATES. DON'T COUNT ON IT. TICK SOMEONE OFF ENOUGH WHO ACTUALLY TAKES YOU SERIOUSLY AND YOU'LL FIND YOURSELF IN A UNITED STATES COURT, OR LOSING YOUR SHORTS AND YOUR LUNCH IN SOME AUSTRALIAN ENFORCEMENT ACTION, LONG ARM UNDER THE RULES OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LAW OR THE VIENNA CONVENTION. YOU'D BE SURPRISED HOW MEAN A HUNGRY ATTORNEY CAN GET WHEN OFFERED A 30% STAKE IN A MULTIMILLION DOLLAR JUDGMENT, EVEN IF YOU TRIED HIDING OUT IN WALKABOUT CREEK. THEN I'D JUST HIRE A DONK.
FRANKLY, YOU FLATTER YOURSELF IF YOU THINK YOU ARE WORTH THE PRICE OF FILING A SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT AND HAVING IT SERVED ON YOUR SOMEWHERE IN THE BUSH COUNTRY. I'LL LET THE BUSHMAN DEAL WITH YOU. THEY KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TRUTH AND A LIE. AND YOU ARE NOT ABOUT THE TRUTH, YOU ARE SIMPLY ABOUT YOU AND YOUR POPULARITY AND WHO YOU CAN RAG ON. THAT SHOULD BE "RAG-ON.COM", NOT "RATBAGS.COM".
ONE THING, HOWEVER: KINDLY STOP ELECTRONICALLY STALKING ME, AND CEASE USING MY NAME IN ANY MANNER FOR PURPOSES THAT I HAVEN'T AGREED TO EXPRESSLY IN WRITING. AND I HAVEN'T AGREED TO ANY USAGE OF ANY KIND.
BE FORMALLY ON LEGAL NOTICE.
Hey, Jack - you called me "GRADE A NAZI, SCHEISS-MEISTER OF THE ART OF WEB TERRORISM" and suggested that I bugger young boys. Sue me any time you feel like losing your house.
Subject: Actually, your website should be called "mybarfbag.com"
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2007 00:26:16 -0400
FYI, it was Edwin Black in the book "IBM and the Holocaust" who identified IBM's role in WWII. http://www.ibmandtheholocaust.com. Why don't you publish its contents on "ratbags.com" and call Edwin Black a "Quintessence of the Loon", Bowditch? Afraid?
Not at all. I have no dispute with Black's historical analysis of IBM's involvement with governments during WW2, however fantastic it is. As far as I know, Black isn't claiming that transistors were brought to Earth by little green men. If he starts saying that IBM helped the Nazis because alien overlords told them to do so then I will have something to say about him.
I found the enclosed story on another website, an interview by Jeff Rense. Fascinating material. Not entirely accurate, but fascinating.
You found a story reporting on your idiotic idea that transistors came from a spaceship that crashed on Earth. Wow! How serendipitous.
And Stanton Friedman, whom I spoke with by phone a few days ago, appears to be continuing to make his appearances, he was at a show at Johns Hopkins a week ago, his webmaster is a customer. I still find his information and that of Phillip Corso, fascinating. But I pay little attention to Jeff Rense anymore.
Wise move. Paying attention to Jeff Rense can lead to trouble interpreting reality.
You do appear to suffer from a singular lack of a sense of humor. And stupid...
I have a very good sense of humour. I laugh at jokes, which is why I laugh at you.
What was it you called me, a "name dropper"...?
A search of all pages on the RatbagsDotCom site did not produce any page with the word "dropper" on it. Are you still consuming those chemicals that made you think that transistors came from Mars?
I'd apply the description "brainless, libeling coward hiding behind a doofie website" to you, but you wouldn't publish that, would you, a/k/a Peter Bowditch?
I just did.
Like I told you once before to your "face": your ultimate destiny is to be doomed to exposure. Remember those words.
You must be a very troubled man to write all the puke that covers your "barfbag" of a website.
Jack A. Shulman
<snip remaining insanity about how someone went on Jeff Rense's show and said that Jack knew where transistors came from>
Subject: LEGAL NOTICE AND OPEN MESSAGE
Date: Sat, 07 Apr 2007 20:19:31 -0400
AN OPEN MESSAGE TO PATHOLOGICAL PETER PUMPKIN EATER
Your mouth is going to get you into a whole lot of legal hot water here.
Like I said, Pathological Peter, I do believe you're a world class coward, a coward on a par with so many other terrorists who use harassing websites and suicide bombers to try and promote themselves.
Are you defaming me there, Jack? It's hard to tell through all that mouth foam.
Your only partial publishing of the former email shows that: not only do you know I never said anything of the sort, you hide behind distance and quasi-anonymity, falsely accusing me of saying "little green men brought the Transistor to Humanity", something I never said,
And neither did I. Do you have a reading comprehension problem?
why would I, after all, the only time I heard that was from members of the Ken Thompson team (you know, those "geniuses" who've been trying to convince the world they invented Unix for the past thirty years?) at the Unix Lab - they said it, all I did was ask the public why and post their alleged Plan 9 logo (the little green guy with the Bell Labs Briefcase). That was an alleged logo for AT&T's Plan 9 Operating System, which was supposed to be, according to Thompson and his crew, an able successor to Unix. Good luck with that, KT! When can I expect an update, my copy is getting threadbare?
I'm not sure what you are getting at here, Jack, but if you have a dispute with Mr Thompson you should take it up with him and leave me out of it.
BTW, I believe the quote was "Some have said that AT&T reverse engineered an alien space craft that allegedly crashed in Roswell, New Mexico" and so on and so forth, quoting Corso, and the AT&T kids and Stan Friedman, and then American Computer opened up an inquiry to find out "what's the truth?". We had a lot of fun with it back in 1997 and so did the public. And yet, here it is 10 years later and only obsessed, quasi intellectual nutbags like you seem to be continuing to falsely allege we claimed proof that aliens were behind the Transistor. I note that only our competitors didn't appreciate all the fun everyone had with it, as evidenced by people like you who sought to attack American Computer.
I have never attacked American Computer. You, on the other hand, used an American Computer web site to accuse me of pederasty. That might not have been a wise thing to do.
Talk about lacking a sense of humor! Clearly you did it so as to harm ACC's business, and reputation. (Lookout, you failed miserably!) I guess the open question on everyone's mind right now is which business or superwealthy a-hole has you on his slush payroll.
Are you now accusing me of corruption and accepting secret commissions? Are you sure you talked to a lawyer before writing to me? You know, a real lawyer who went to law school and was in class when they taught defamation law. Taxi drivers, hairdressers and psychiatric nurses are nice people and always ready for conversation, but they are not lawyers. Also, perhaps you should mention the paymaster's name, otherwise it might appear that you are suffering from paranoia and delusions.
I think I know who, and you can tell him it's only a matter of time before he pays up. I didn't think his ideas were worthy of consideration back in 1976 when he posed them to me at the bank, and I think his company today is just selling other people's products and no, he does not have a superior product, just another one and it's not a very good one. He can doll it up with all the built in accessories he wants, its like a bad car, you can't cover up the "bad" with fuzzy dice, a "dude", and criticism of your competition. He's become a has been and is very soon to become a never will.
Have you recently changed your medication? You seem to be losing coherence.
NOW THE LEGAL PART
Counsel advises you're in legal violation of our Trademarks and Copyrights under US and Australian law. Kindly immediately remove all pages referring to "Jack Shulman" and "American Computer" upon receipt of this email, you probably won't, but I had to put you on legal notice, before authorizing counsel to take appropriate legal steps.
Would that be the same counsel you used when you first emailed me pretending to be a lawyer? As for the trademark issue, did you think that I couldn't check or wouldn't check? I could and I did. As you can see here, there is no registration for "Jack Shulman" as an Australian trademark, and the only trademark including the words "American" and "computer" belongs to Lexwood Edward Wright, and that ain't you, Jack.
You have 3 business days to remove all the offending pages and references.
BTW, No vacuous legal threats: you're breaking the law by diluting our well known trademarks, committing commercial libel, and deriving commercial gain from same. You're intentionally tortuously interfering with our ecommerce.
You have some evidence for these claims, I assume. Actually, I don't assume that at all, because none of it is happening. If you are worried about diluting the value of "Jack Shulman" then you should cease acting like a loon while using that name. And, seeing as how you mentioned it:
And, just calling it "opinion" does nothing at all to mitigate your liability, you've admitted to encouragement to "do things to" others with these harassing websites.
Did I? Where? Again, I suspect that your ability at reading comprehension has let you down.
You're making it all too easy to build a legal case. Gee I hope you have money. And a house.
You have 3 business days.
Jack A. Shulman
Jack the Kook lawyers up (17/7/2010)
I have received the following threat, related to my use of the name of a person who has publicly commented about me that "I'm almost surprised that you're not buggering some young boy" and has called me "GRADE A NAZI, SCHEISS-MEISTER OF THE ART OF WEB TERRORISM" (caps in original rant):
Dear Domain Registrant (RATBAGS.COM),
Please find enclosed a letter and attachment, in .PDF format, for you to review.
This is an effort to settle a lawsuit pending against you. A settlement proposal is included.
In the event we have not received confirmation that you have found the settlement acceptable and implemented its provisions within a reasonable period of time to do so, we may proceed to pursue further remedies in any appropriate legal forum.
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
Michael I. Levy
Intellectual Property Specialist
WORLDWIDE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
a Bell North America Company
As the kook in question (the man with the trademarked name) has pretended to be a lawyer in the past I obviously had to check, so I submitted the following enquiry to Bell North America Corporation:
I have been contacted by a Mr Michael I. Levy who describes himself as "Intellectual Property Specialist, WORLDWIDE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, a Bell North America Company".
Mr Levy used the email address "email@example.com" to threaten me with legal action (apparently I have violated trademark law by mentioning the name of a person who publicly accused me of pederasty).
Could you please confirm that Worldwide Entertainment Group is a part of Bell North America and that Mr Levy is entitled to use one of your email addresses to issue legal threats.
I ask because the person whose name is trademarked has threatened to sue me in the past and invented a lawyer at the time. I should also point out that the "Worldwide Entertainment Group" in question appears to be totally unrelated to the Worldwide Entertainment Group that has a web site at http://www.wweg.com, but instead appears at http://www.worldwideinformationsystems.com.
In addition, the following email was sent to the real Worldwide Entertainment Group:
I have been contacted by a lawyer supposed acting for an organisation calling itself "Worldwide Entertainment Group" and claiming that I am violating a trademark by mentioning the name of a man who has publicly accused me of being a pedophile.
I realise that the "Worldwide Entertainment Group" that the lawyer writes from is not you (he also claims that his company is a subsidiary of Bell North America Corporation), but I feel that you should be aware of another organisation using your name. It is particularly ironic, considering that they are making trademark violation claims against me.
You can see the web site of the other "Worldwide Entertainment Group" at http://www.worldwideinformationsystems.com
The substance of the threat went like this:
In re: Settlement Proposal — misuse of trademark and other intellectual properties
We are the owners of the Entertainment Ventures known as IMAGINATION INTERNET. An exclusive intellectual property license has been granted us which we are using in the production of a copyrighted film work in progress ("The Roswell 1947 Story"). I am enclosing the Trademark Registration (USPTO.gov) governing the Jack Shulman™ mark and related to the domain names JackShulman.com/.net/.org over which we were awarded a Final Judgment in the New Jersey State Superior Court ("Shulman v. Raney, et al.") during a case alleging identity/ intellectual property theft .
We have become aware that you are using these copyrighted works and trademark without permission in published works you've posted on your domain 'ratbags.com', leveraging the names Jack Shulman, accpc, acc, American Computer, 'Ed Wang' and various fictitious and documentary information you took without permission. You have no license to use these works. The living theater projects "Roswell 1947 Story" took place on Imagination Internet sites between 1996 and 2001. "Roswell 1947" includes the present film in production and a future series of novels.
Accordingly, upon receipt of this letter kindly remove all pages and links from Ratbags.com that reference Jack Shulman, American Computer Company, ACC, ACCPC, the fictional stories: AT&T Transistor story and Roswell 1947 story (which is part of the past living theater production you have paraphrased on your site), any related information, and any duplicates and materially similar pages from Ratbags.com, so that they may NEVER be retrieved, emailed, printed or viewed by any visitor to Ratbags.com, or visitor to any other Peter Bowditch related website/product or cache. Remove ALL of them. Here are examples:
1. www.ratbags.com/loon/mailbox/transistor.htm - Cached - Similar
2. www.ratbags.com/rsoles/comment/jackthekook.htm - Cached
The taking and continued usage by Ratbags.com of the fictional works and fictitious and non-fictitious names that are a part of our property, along with your making of defamatory light and intentional willfully malicious publications may result in our authorizing counsel to seek legal remedies without any prior written notice.
Kindly note that all matters of law regarding our intellectual property fall under the jurisdiction of the general business law of the State of New Jersey, United States of America and/or the New Jersey and Pennsylvania District Courts. If you have submitted any of the infringing pages to Search Engines or Internet Archives, kindly also remove them from those engines and archives as well.
In anticipation of your cooperation --
Michael I. Levy
Intellectual Property Specialist
I obviously cannot respond to "Mr Levy" until I have confirmed his association with Bell North America, but I will make the following points:
In a spirit of conciliation, however, and until this matter is settled, I have replaced instances of the trademark "Jack Shulman" throughout this site (except for its occurrence in this article or when Mr Shulman has used the name in an email of course, because that would make no sense) with the text string "Jack Shitman". That should satisfy even the most sensitive intellectual property specialist. Oh, and Mr Levy's complaint will be submitted to the Chilling Effect Clearinghouse.
Jack the Kook is unhappy (24/7/2010)
Last week I mentioned that someone using a Bell North America email address had threatened me with legal action for mentioning the name of someone who created an insane web site about me and accused me of buggering young boys. He went beyond threatening legal action and apparently wanted me to make some sort of monetary offer to settle the dispute. Usually I would treat such idiocy with the contempt it deserves, but I decided to hold off in this case until I had heard from Bell North America that the threats really did come from them. I also made the concession of changing mentions of the trademarked name to another, not trademarked, string of characters.
This was not satisfactory to the threatener, and I have received a communication of alarming hilarity. I will post my response here during the week, because a few computer problems, a trip out of town and a small car accident have taken up the time I was going to spend on updating this site this weekend.
The wait will be worth it.
Jack the Kook continued (31/7/2010)
As I mentioned last week, I was a bit short of time so I delayed answering the latest drivel from a "representative" of someone who feels free to accuse me of buggering young boys but doesn't like me mentioning his name in return and wants me to either stop talking about him or to pay him some money.
As the person doing the complaining was using an obviously false email address I published my original response to the threat here, but this was not satisfactory to the threatener and I have received the following communication. My responses are in italics, although, of course, I have no intention of responding to a Bell North America email address when the writer appears to have no connection to that company.
Dear Mr. Bowditch,
What is this thing kooks and loons have with "also known as" and "so-called"? Peter Bowditch is my name (and it's hardly a secret) and "Mr Bowditch" is a perfectly normal form of address. There is no "a/k/a", something which should be known by anyone pretending to be producing legal documents.
Why don't you use the email addresses freely available on this site? Do you think I will be intimidated by you using the address in the whois database?
care of Network Solutions
PO Box 459
Drums, PA 18222
I noted this evening that, in reply to my writing to you, a new rant appeared on your website homepage, on "The Millennium Project", stating that you'd replaced "Jack Shitman" for "Jack Shulman" throughout your website. Tsk,Tsk!
I didn't want to continue using a trademark since it caused you so much distress. Are you saying that "Jack Shitman" is a trademark too?
A) This is unacceptable, since you've already linked Google and 1000 additional search and probe engines by the keywords "Jack Shulman" to these pages.
Perhaps you should take that up with Google and the "1000 additional search and probe engines". If I make a change here and then ask Google to reindex the site (which they do at least weekly) then there is not much more I can do. Also remember that Google and those "1000 additional search and probe engines" also contain links to where Jack Shitman accused me of buggering young boys and being a "GRADE A NAZI, SCHEISS-MEISTER OF THE ART OF WEB TERRORISM".
B) The foul language you used is sufficiently close enough to the trademark as to be cognizably, coinably, offensively and abusively an obvious reference to the Trademark, Jack Shulman, and intentionally
Have you ever heard of the Streisand Effect? If I were you I wouldn't go around suggesting that people will automatically think of the trademark "Jack Shulman" when they hear the word "shitman".
defames the mark with foul language adding geometrically to the damages you are causing by commercial reference infringement. I note that I will be taking steps to seek to prevent Google from continuing to show your website or allow you to collect from Google Adsense, as any and all commercial derivation of revenue from your continued abuse, use and dilution of the mark is inappropriate, unlawful and causes its owner and assigns severe ongoing monetary losses.
Are you now claiming that "Jack Shitman" is a trademark? If it isn't, Google will laugh at you.
C) You've continued to reference Bell North America, and Worldwide, as well as Roswell 1947 material that is copyrighted and associated with the trademark as well as making reference to us without our permission. Kindly cease and desist doing so immediately.
As I have no evidence that the email address you used has anything to do with Bell North America, and as mentioning the name of a public company is perfectly legal, I have no intention of changing anything. Did you get permission from Google to mention their name in the paragraphs above?
D) All you've accomplished in ranting at us is to provide us with proof of your intent, which is quite obvious: to abuse the person and trademark and us by internet, which will only serve to multiply the damages we'll be seeking from you in the event you do not cease this aggressive, belligerant and abusive behavior and trademark infringement immediately.
I am abusing nobody. I have simply reported in the past on idiotic and defamatory statements made about me both in emails and in web sites suggesting that I am a pedophile. When can I expect a public retraction and apology for that?
E) Clearly, you've some kind of personal problem, as it appears your entire website is little more than devoted to the abuse of others. You've never met Jack Shulman, only you have appropriated his name, the mark, for commerce.
In what way have I "appropriated his name, the mark, for commerce"? I simply reproduced what he said about me.
It appears you take others trademarks and intentionally attack them for the sole purpose to expand your popularity and to drive traffic to your website to promote our consultancy, Gebesse Consultants, and to gain revenue through various means of networking and such as Google Adsense.
A couple of points:
Accordingly, you can't seek any form of defense for your behavior behind non-commercial claims. Also, your website appears to be one sided, paranoid, and quite abusive, one of the worst examples of a 'flame-rant spam' website I'd seen in a decade.
If you have a problem with that I suggest you read the About This Site page, paying particular attention to the sections headed "Philosophy" and "This is opinion". If you don't like what I have to say you can stop reading it.
You do not, like the BBB, allow any form of reasonable response or to give others a chance to respond to your allegations, you filter all content and when contacted by attorneys, you appear to attack them, on your website.
There is an email link on every page which visitors can freely use to express their opinions about me or my work Perhaps you missed the extensive collection of responses to this site which I have published in my Hate Mail collection. You might also have noticed that I have published your complaint in full, together with my response.
In the more than eleven years that I have been running this site I have only been contacted by lawyers four times. (Several complaints have been made by people pretending to be lawyers, but they don't count.) One of the complaints was made by a person who was clearly insane and the lawyer who wrote the letter on his behalf was obviously just going through the motions. Two different lawyers acting for someone who had been found to be acting in breach of the law went away when I asked them to provide evidence that their client had been unjustly treated. The fourth case actually went to court, but as the complaining party (another example of someone who had been found to be breaking the law and wanted silence) had to pay their own not-inconsiderable costs it was a very expensive effort for them. I was also mentioned in a case in the US but it was withdrawn when a judge asked the lawyers to get off the pot and start litigating.
There is a clear notice on the About This Site page saying what will happen to complaints from lawyers, but I can't be held responsible for the actions or inactions of lawyers who can't read.
Much of what you publish appears to be a lay person's misinterpretations of fact, or falsifications, such as claiming that the letter from Daniel Grossman to you was 'a made up attorney', which is obviously false.
The only occurrence of the word "Grossman" on this site appears on the page "Shaken Baby Syndrome", and is part of the name "David C. Grossman, MD", one of the authors of a cited scientific paper. I have no idea who Daniel Grossman is or why you think he would write to me about anything.
I believe you are mistaking people's failure to conclude you represent any form of sue-able entity. Since you may not have sufficient assets to justify seeking damages against you in Court, you are confusing that people won't waste time suing you, because they don't think you have any funds to pay damages from, with their threats being empty or fearful of you.
If you are going to pretend to be a lawyer, at least write in English.
It clearly is part of your characteristic behavior to enjoy causing others extreme intellectual pain, and hope that others will flock to you from schadenfreude-ist empathy..
F) However, since Trademark dilution, abuse, infringement and misuse is statutory, we are not going to give up on you. We want all references and accompanying story line, emails, and any other even vague or symbolic or substituted content that can be connected with the mark, as indicated, terminated permanently. If not, then we will seek the damages to which we are clearly entitled, through the Court process.
As I have stated previously, I have removed all references to the trademark except where it was used by the person whose name is trademarked to identify himself in correspondence with me or where I have been explicitly responding to your claims of trademark violation.
G) This will be your one last chance to simply DELETE any and all Trademark referencing pages copletely (a two page list accompanies this email, delete all the pages on them), near references, substitute references, and citations to 'Jack Shulman' or any devious variation you might choose to substitute, as well as to Bell North America, Worldwide Entertainment Group, Jersey Coast Films, Fox, Sony, and the Roswell 1947 Story
You are not Bell North America, you are not Worldwide Entertainment Group, you are not Fox, you are not Sony and I never heard of nor mentioned Jersey Coast Films or Roswell 1947 Story until you brought them up.
(which is the subject of your original rants in which you falsely accuse Jack Shulman of telling people that the AT&T transistor was brought to earth 'by little green men' and other such misrepresentations, abuses of the trademark and copyrighted material you continue to publish, and offensive and personally abusive, misleading and defamatory and libelous material you publish on your website(s) about the mark. That has been the only context, the story appearing on ACC's Imagination Internet's websites from 1996 to 2003 poking fun at those who say that the transistor was brought to earth 'by lttle green men', or rather 'grey men', which you quite clearly are unable to differentiate as in your rants you merely abuse the head of the company that owned Imagination at the time and accuse him of doing exactly the opposite.) After that, take no steps to repeat your abuse of Jack Shulman, et al.
Can you please clear this up - are they green men or grey men? Apart from that I have no idea what the words above mean.
H) If by this time, on Tuesday, you have not deleted same, along with your lead in page on "The Millennium Project" in the part which you announce your intentional abuse of Mr. Shulman and Jack Shulman, which effort was originally unsolicited by Mr. Shulman, who has no idea who you are,
If Mr Shulman has no idea who I am, what was he doing when he accused me of buggering young boys? Does he have a habit of picking names at random and then creating abusive and defamatory web pages about people who have those names? Is that the action of a sane person or of someone who is, for example, inclined to believe that the technology underlying the transistor was obtained from crashed alien spaceships?
and which clearly antedated any legal response to you accusing you of commiting wrongdoing from the legal people here, then you are in for a very long journey through the experience of Courtroom litigation and ultimately being required to make singular reparations for the monetary and punitive damages you've caused.
I can't cause "punitive damages". For goodness sake, if you are going to pretend to be a lawyer at least get someone who might know something about the law to check what you write. Using a spell checker is a good idea as well.
I) I would note that the original 'first usage' date of the Mark, predates your website by a very long time, so your false allegation of a 'date defense' is entirely incorrect, unless your website was first published before June 30, 1975. Nonetheless your continued use and abuse of the mark is quite clearly ongoing, I have provided you a list of the pages on your website that link purportedly to "Jack Shulman" and a copy of your lead-in page.
The trademark was applied for on March 29, 2007, published for opposition on October 9, 2007, and granted on December 25, 2007. I don't really care that Jack Shulman was using the name "Jack Shulman" before any of those dates. The name was not trademarked when he started publishing defamatory web sites about me.
J) Remove/Delete all of the indicated pages immediately, do not post any more pages bearing such notices or rants or infringements, motivated by your apparent characteristic abuse of anyone who contacts you asking you to do such removals, and as I stated below:
a) Leave us alone
b) Stay away from us
c) Do not attempt to contact us further
I have never contacted you in the past and I have no useful email address to do so now, so there is no "further" to be had.
d) Keep your distance
I am quite happy to be half the circumference of the Earth away from you and I would like it to stay that way.
K) I will check back from time to time to see what you are up to, if you comply and remain in compliance, then we can dispense with litigation so long as you remove any further links to your website that uses keywords similar in any manner to the Trademark and that you do not attempt to mirror your site elsewhere.
I don't use keywords on this site, but even if I did your trademark wouldn't be one of them.
L) One more thing. The law requires I place you on adequate notice before filing suit. The attachments should suffice as proof that you received and were placed on adequate notice as to your Trademark Infringements and Copyright Violations as well as your libelous and defamatory intent and other misbehavior.
So it's copyright too now, is it? You really should use a real lawyer instead of pretending to be one yourself.
Thank you! Sincerely,
Michael I. Levy
Intellectual Property Consultant