RE: About Themes for Fake Names

Subject: RE: About Themes for Fake Names
From: bryan -dot- westbrook -at- amd -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2002 08:46:34 -0500

Your analogy is false because I am not trying to claim that any actual people made any comments or used the systems I was documenting. I only made sure that they were not the names of any actual employees because that would have defeated the purpose of using fake names in the first place, especially since some of the screen shots were instructions to administrators on how to eliminate inappropriate user comments from a peer-recognition system and I wanted to make sure that nobody would think that the examples I showed had actually been created by their co-workers. If I were to substitute generically common names like John Smith, I would not go out and seek release forms from every John Smith in the phone book, would you?

-----Original Message-----
From: Dick Margulis [mailto:margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net]
Sent: Monday, July 22, 2002 8:34 AM
To: TECHWR-L; Westbrook, Bryan
Subject: RE: About Themes for Fake Names

The way he did it was by finding people in the phone book with the same names--your trick. But then he went to those people and got them to sign releases for the phony quotes. Maybe he paid them a few bucks. The ruse worked and was entirely legal. Without the release, you could be skating on thin ice if you use the names of certain cartoon characters.

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