[ photo by Ashley Pierce ]
In March of 1999, The Oriental Institute of The University of Chicago objected to my use of some images from their web pages, even though I had given explicit credit to them.
I disagreed with their interpretation of the law, and asked them to put me in contact with The University of Chicago's Legal Services Department for discussion about the law.
The University of Chicago's Legal Services Department did NOT contact me directly to discuss the law.
Instead, they contacted the administrators of a web server containing my site and demanded that the material in question be removed. That cowardly tactic succeeded, and
I then removed my pages (which had grown to almost 900 files containing over 26 MB of data) from that Web Site.
I was very unhappy that it seemed to me that the Web was not what it used to be (an open forum for free exchange of ideas and information);
that the Web had become a commercial institution in which Money is more important than Truth.
However, I did not give up in the hope that there might exist an Internet Service Provider with the courage to let me assert my right of fair use, and
This makes me very happy, especially since my web pages are dedicated to the memory of my parents, Billie Ham Smith (26 September 1915 to 29 August 1995) and Frank Dodd Smith (19 December 1906 to 17 September 1986). I hope - and believe - that their Spirits live on, and I am happy that the Ideas on my web pages may also be living on.