By Paul Festa
Slapped with a libel suit by the notorious adware company, a Web site
pulls pages that called Gator's program "spyware." Will the suit cause
critics of Gator-like software to zip their lips?
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[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: The essence of this is that some web
site or another, or more than one, referred to products from the
GAIN Company as 'spyware'; the response of GAIN/Gator to web sites
which accuse them of being 'spyware' is to file suit. At one point, a
few years ago, I experimented with some of the GAIN offerings; one was
a clock setting program which synched to the Naval Observatory clock
now and then. I've long since found a freeware open-source thing which
does the same thing with several master clocks, and have since
installed it on my entire network. But when I had the GAIN/Gator thing
installed, I *read in its agreement* that I would get some advertising
which I did. I do not recall reading anywhere that the cookies it
generated were going to report what I was doing back to GAIN however,
and apparently that is what the web sites were alleging, and what
caused them to get sued on account of their allegations. PAT]