Legal Stuff


I hate it. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. I HATE IT. But I gotta do it. The Web has been attracting slimeball ripoff artists in record numbers. In particular, there has been a large number of people trying to claim ownership of pages written by other people. Some of it seems to be simple legal incompetence; some is outright piracy.

The whole point of the Web, after all, is to share intellectual property. You'd think that people would realize that if you put things on the Web, people would look at them, and that hyperlinking is what gives the Web its vitality. But there are always the clueless and the greedy.

If you don't protect your intellectual property, you won't have it for long. So here's our legal policy.


Everything on this Website, unless otherwise noted, is the property of Stephen G. Smith.

I reserve the right to change, update, or remove any part of this Website at any time.

While I make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information on these pages, I make no warranty as to the accuracy or usability of anything on these pages.

Web Page Use Policy

Anyone, anywhere has the right to:

In the event that any confidential information is stored in these pages, it will be protected by encryption, passwords, or some other technological lock on the door. If it's not locked, it's not confidential.

No one has any other rights to these pages. In particular, no one may, without explicit permission from me (signed paper agreement or PGP/GnuPG signed e-mail):

Please note that we're not fanatics here. We're not saying that you can't do anything; we're just saying to get permission first. For copying or publication that leaves my logo and contact information, doesn't claim any rights or co-authorship, and doesn't involve substantial change to the text, approval will probably be pretty much automatic.

Policy Policy

We reserve the right to change any policy listed here at any time, for any reason. (Yeah, sorta makes the whole thing useless. But every other Web policy has this clause, too.)


Copyright © 2004, 2005, 2007 Stephen G. Smith. See the Legal Stuff for details.

Last updated: 2007-10-01 21:50:39Z