Re: Is this a joke?

David Crook (
Tue, 05 Jan 1999 13:43:45 -0800

At 01:26 PM 1/5/99 -0800, Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:
>>AOL is suing AT&T claiming that the phrase "You have mail" is proprietary.
>I hope AOL remembers to go after BSD, Linux, and every other Unix that uses
>"You have new mail", e.g.:
> slacksrc\ap\termnet\ncftp183\defaults.h:#define NEWMAILMESSAGE "You have
>new mail."
>I know BSD csh used the phrase; I wish I could remember if the bourne shell
>did as well.

Lets not forget the most flagrant abuser of AOL's intellectual property,
the US Postal Service. They've been using the word "mail" for decades
without AOL's permission.


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