The GRAMPS project is setting up a legal defense fund for Alex
Roitman, one of the project managers for the GRAMPS project. A lawsuit
has been filed against Alex for distributing Linux Genealogy
CDs. Normally, this would not be a problem, but Alex has been naming
GRAMPS releases using quotes from Monty Python movies and television
shows. Since he was selling the CDs, the BBC has determined that this
is a violation of the DMCA (Digital Millinium Copyright Act).
In order to raise money for Alex's defense, we have decided to start
displaying banner advertisements in the GRAMPS program. We have
decided to keep these to a minimum in order not to inconvenience our
users. These ads will only display for 10 seconds, and will be
displayed only when the user opens a data editor. Unfortunately, you
will not be able to edit your data until the 10 seconds have passed.=20
Our first advertisers are for a commercial genealogy program, a
weight-loss system, and offers for business opportunities in Nigerian
The BBC has offered to drop the charges if Alex gets a BBC tattoo on
his forehead and writes "I will not violate Monty Python intellectual
property" 200,000 times in purple crayon. Alex has rejected this offer,
and vowed to fight the charges in court. Alex has been quoted as saying
The GRAMPS project wishes you a Happy April Fool's Day.
On Sun, 2007-04-01 at 00:02 -0600, Don Allingham wrote:
> Unfortunately, you
> will not be able to edit your data until the 10 seconds have passed.
I got all the way to that point before realising I haven't read my
GRAMPS mail since April 1st. Don would never put a 10 second delay
before we could use GRAMPS!
Nice one - elegantly timely.