Iím writing in regards to a website celebrating the life and work of George Harrison which was shut down recently at your request.
When I first started working on Crackerbox Palace [Exhibit A] in December 1996, I was very careful to avoid breaching copyrights. In fact, I was so concerned, I wrote George Harrison a letter [Exhibit B] and sent it to his address at Friar Park. This letter was never answered, but I continued my work with Crackerbox Palace.
Within a few months, it was looking very good. I had reviewed a few of Georgeís albums, and these reviews actually influenced quite a few people to search out these albums and buy them for themselves. I had a few images on the page, which I had put together myself from pictures already available on the internet. I also had a news page, where I posted any recording rumours as they came to me.
The point I really want to make clear to you is that Crackerbox Palace was doing Mr Harrison more good than harm. Apart from the fact that it was boosting sales of his albums, Crackerbox Palace was the one place on the internet where fans could get together and discuss George Harrisonís work.
On Friday 27 June, I received this email message from Geocities, the hosts of Crackerbox Palace, that it had been removed at your request due to some infringement on Mr Harrisonís "intellectual property rights". [Exhibit C]
This was quite a shock to me, as I was not aware of any copyright breaches on my page (and if there were any, why wasnít I notified before the site was shut down?). Within the next few days, I received over eighty messages of confused shock and support. I have enclosed a selection of these for your perusal. [Exhibit D]
Iím not going to ask to have my old site back. Thatís over and done with now. You made sure of that. What I want to know is why the site was shut down. Now, almost one month later, all I know is that I breached some unspecified "intellectual property right", a concept I never learnt at school. Probably a concept nobody learns unless theyíve been to lawyer school. Iíd like to know exactly where the last site had gone wrong, so when I work on my next site I can be sure not to repeat this mistake. If you canít answer this simple question, perhaps itís time George Harrison got some new lawyers that know their stuff.
Yours very sincerely,