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As posted in our News Forum on Feb 10 2004:
After having dealt with the whole CCBill compliancy issue and the switch
to Verotel I thought the worst was behind us.
Well bad news folks, we've received a cease and desist from legal representatives
of Hanna-Barbera which will require us to remove all Jetsons, Flintstones
and Scooby-Doo content from our site.
A real shame considering all the new Jetsons and Flintstones content
JAB has done since.. we even had a Jetsons comic in early development
Anyhow, I'm going to be revamping the guest area soon.. all the other
parodies content will be exclusive to the members area so as to limit
further such risks in the future. The guest area will primarily promote
original JAB work instead.
The problem is that our paysite has been marketed to a much larger demographic
and a growing audience.. eventually conflicts are expected to occur
when you reach such increased widespread attention.
As much of a headache as this new hurdle will be, I hope none of you
start to panic needlessly over it, because JAB and I just view this
as another bump in the road along with the many others we've had to
overcome since the start of our site. Personally, I was expecting this
to happen eventually anyway with the growing popularity of jabcomix.
So with that said.. please note again.. right now ONLY the jetsons,
flintstones, and scooby-doo content will be removed. Just so you know,
I plan to remove all this content by the weekend.
If you're wondering about the "parody" laws, etc and why we
don't just try to fight this new threat under those pretenses, well
I don't feel like going through all the trouble of going to court, etc.
It's just not worth my time and trouble and the risks of losing our
case would be much greater than if I were to just remove the content.
Plus I'd be drawing even more unwanted attention to our site and who
knows what kinda snowball effect that could have.
JAB will continue to do original work and "non-Hanna Barbera"
parodies.. so don't think this is the end of what many of you are fans
I hope you can all understand and sympathize with the expected new changes
to our site. Your thoughts and messages are appreciated, but this is
already a large enough headache in itself, so any posts I find in bad
taste or inciting needless panic over this matter I will remove judiciously