1997-06-16 - Re: e$: Skins vs. Shirts

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From: Tom Weinstein <tomw@netscape.com>
To: Tim May <tcmay@got.net>
Message Hash: 404a63ceae226eaa64436c81b002fc0b273c31c50a7cc1b6b03440b5090f53d0
Message ID: <33A484BE.A14E05F6@netscape.com>
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UTC Datetime: 1997-06-16 00:31:42 UTC
Raw Date: Mon, 16 Jun 1997 08:31:42 +0800

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From: Tom Weinstein <tomw@netscape.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 1997 08:31:42 +0800
To: Tim May <tcmay@got.net>
Subject: Re: e$: Skins vs. Shirts
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Tim May wrote:
> At 1:26 AM -0700 6/15/97, Tom Weinstein wrote:
>> Just to be clear, we didn't give the blackmailer any money.  As Mike
>> Homer put it: "We don't bargain with terrorists."
> Netscape wants money for one of their products. I won't give them
> money. "I don't bargain with terrorists."
> (What the Danes offered was a straight buiness deal, albeit made
> weirder and more frantic by the constraints of time, publicity, and
> worldwide attention. Still a business deal, though. When Collabra
> wanted X dollars to be acquired by Netscape, was this also
> "terrorism"? The term "terrorist" hardly applies in business deals.)

If it was just a business deal, that would be okay.  We would have a
right to not pay him.  It becomes blackmail when he says "If you don't
pay me, I will try to damage you."  That's what he did.  He said that
if we didn't pay him, he'd time his press announcement to coincide with
DevCon in order to cause us the maximum damage, which he did.

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