Guess and Check


Filed under: Current Events — 7:22 pm

Yesterday, I read a Slashdot article on Katie Jones and the trouble she’d been having with Penguin Putnam.

Here’s a summary of the story: Katie Tarbox was a victim of an online sexual predator. She wrote a book about it in 2000. After trying the name “” (no go, it was a hardcore porn site), the book was named “Katie.Com” by Putnam. Now, is registered to Katie Jones and has been since 1996. Tarbox’s lawyer was demanding that Jones turn over the domain name.

This morning, Ms. Jones was interviewed by GrepLaw. Interesting to note that all the negative reviews that the Slashdot faithful added to the book’s listing were removed. Three hours and six minutes later, Slashdot posted that the book had been renamed.

Pretty cool, huh?

4 Responses to “”

  1. Stu Says:

    who would’ve thunk a bunch of annoyed geeks to could affect rapid change?”

    I love it.

    What a mess. What a mess that they brought entirely on themselves. They had the sense not to name it (for obvious reasons), but somehow it slipped their mind that the owner of “” might not be upset?

    I, for one, am impressed with Katie Jones. She was dealt something extremely unfair, and didn’t yield. She was right, and roughed it, and came out on the other end on top.

    Now, if I could just get :)

  2. Tom Says:

    Hey, is open. But I suppose being “cool” is good enough.

  3. Stu Says:

    To be honest, I am not sure that I want to be associated with any other stuart wildes (Especially He seems a little off the deep-end.

    But I suppose being �cool� is good enough.

    and how. ;)

  4. Jordan Says:

    I’m really glad this ended well for Katie Jones. You know I loves the Katies. But the new title for the book is truly awful. “A Girl’s Life Online”?? How bland. At least made you curious. “A Girl’s Life Online” just makes me think of Boys’ Life magazine and A Child’s Garden of Verses. Meh.

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