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Shady AOL legal tactics

Practicing law can be as much about strategy as it is about legality. For instance, AOL decided to maximize the legal funds at it’s disposal by individually strong arming developers of the Gaim project. By threatening each developer individually the Gaim team was forced to retain different legal support each and every time. This could have been extremely costly but luckily there are enough kind hearted lawyers around that the Gaim team was able to continue to negotiate. The end result however is that Gaim is “too similar” to AIM which AOL has trademarked. So Gaim will now become pidgin and all the other assets (libraries, etc) will be renamed. More info here

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