Re: Is this a joke?

Joseph S. Barrera III (
Tue, 5 Jan 1999 14:15:55 -0800

>I believe AOL's saying is "You've got mail" Which certainly could be

AOL uses both phrases, but their request for injunction was over "You have
"When AOL's subscribers get electronic mail, a computer voice says, "You've
got mail" and the more formally worded message "You have mail" appears on
the screen. "You've Got Mail" even became the title of a new movie starring
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan as e-mail pen pals.

"On Dec. 24, U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton of Alexandria rejected AOL's
request for an injunction to block use of "You have mail" and two other
Internet terms, "Buddy list" and "I M," for instant messaging service. But
the judge did not stop the case from going to trial."

> It's the real thing

I don't know, seems a bit more like trademarking "High Fructose Corn Syrup
And/Or Sucrose".

- Joe

P.S. AOL should also have gone after the closely related phrase, "It's a