eToys WAR - Gottfried Kerscher / Frankfurter Rundschau 1999-12-23


Major Toy Site, Um, Er, Sucks - Wired News 1999-12-21


Virtuelles Sit-in geht weiter - Telepolis 1999-12-19


ready for massive action again!

HEADLINES TODAY: business as usual?

etoy.TOYWAR affects NASDAQ ?!
etoy.TOYWAR enters the MOMA NY!

last saturday network solutions shut
down the etoy.MAIL-SYSTEM without making
any official statements and without
reacting to the etoy.LAWYERS till now.
this was not part of the preliminary
injunction and therefore far away from
being fair and legal (etoy was enjoined
from "operating a web site with the
domain name")!

the plan was to brake down the resistance
by cutting off our whole communication
system by causing 90 man hours of high
pressure work in order to fix the massive

this is robbery of digital territory.
american imperialism, corporate
destruction and bulldozing in the way of
the 19th century.

fortunately the internet resistance
community was able to invest a huge amount
of venture capital to keep up the fight
which turns into an important precedence
for all of us using the internet as a free
and independent platform for the exchange
of ideas and products of cultural value...
(87 etoy.SHARE-CERTIFICATES and 290
etoy.MICROSHARE-CARDS will be delivered
to new investors by the end of january 00).
eToys does not understand that the net is
more than a huge market place.

this battle will be posted in the
schoolbooks of the next generation for
people like toby lenk jr. they will learn
to accept the rights of others; fundamental
rights of information, fair defense and
freedom of speech.

our tactical mainframes are up and running
again - ready to inform users and opinion
leaders world wide.

all addresses have been
temporally mapped to
(i.e. new address:

the toywar.COMMUNITY just showed that it
will not let this happen.

every person who follows the
etoy uses the domain since 1995 (registration
and launch of and established
a valuable internet brand under the domain etoy will not switch its HQ
to another address!

etoy has priority trademark rights!

the eToys lawyers know how to manipulate a
state court judge with defamation (they call
the etoy.ART hardcore pornography, offensive,
violent etc) and how to abuse the law system
by producing 40 kilograms (our attorneys
have more than 350 pages document on their
desks) of rhetoric material trying to attack
etoy for security fraud, trademark abuse and
much more. they try to keep the etoy.CREW,
etoy.LAWYERS and CODERS busy and provoke
enormous costs and damages for the art
corporation etoy.

by spreading the information "of the upcoming
release of an etoy.SHOPPER screen-saver cult
software" the enemy tries to make etoy look
like an illegal and irresponsible organization
and to make their weak case stronger.

further the provider who hosts the network for shot down the thing network (the most
courageous supporter of the
in new york) for a few hours to stop the virtual
sit in actions organized by other artists.
eToys shows its ugly face! the playful toy retailer
knows no other way to solve problems than police,
lawyers, power, money and violence.

etoy can not stop the community from flooding and
organizing world wide boycotts against eToys servers.
this is provoked by their attitude.

eToys just toke the wrong approach to the problem!
note: the scary looking etoy.AGENTS are in fact well
many exciting & twisted ventures in the past. we do
not call for illegal actions.

we politely urge eToys & network solutions to reinstall
our dns root entries so the emails of our friends,
sponsors, shareholders and business partners can find
the way to our boxes again! we relay on this connections.

buy love - not war!
your etoy.CREW


next monday (20.12.99) we will hold a press conference
on the etoy domain name dispute and the future of
internet art in the age of e-commerce. members of
the etoy.ADVISORY-BOARD will be present. representatives
from RTMark, eviltoy, praystation, smokinggun, and others
announced their appearence to talk about peace & freedom
in TOYLAND. several santas, a marching band, children, and
stock brokers will also be present.

Museum of Modern Art
Roy and Nina Titus Theater
11 West 53rd Street
New York
Monday, December 20, 1999, 6:30 pm
-- free for anyone --


Der Domainnamenkonflikt zwischen Etoy und eToys spitzt sich zu - Telepolis 1999-12-18


'Be Grateful for Etoy' - Wired News 1999-12-17


The Future Of Domain Names - ClickZ Network 1999-12-15


E-Riots Threaten - Wired News 1999-12-15


its not spoofing / its internic

hi there!

we just wanted to inform you all about the
results of the investigations :

a lot of people invested time to do
research on what happened to the mail
server... THANK YOU!

i post just one of the messages here which
show what happend...

>It appears that the root servers have
>stopped serving the domain.
>This would result in people unable to
>send mail to anyone

>I'd like to know what makes anyone
>think that someone is spoofing anything.


some people thought that it was spoofing,
there were many ideas...
one thing what refered to an attack was the
unsuccessful take over attempt of the domain by the company domain info in
california... they tried to fake communication
between us and internic...

fortunately we got the mails... (one of the
last mails which arrived in our office from
the server (!)

but yes it seams like it is INTERNIC!
they didnt called back jet. so we dont know
what happend... but the customer service
referd to the legal departement.

we just called there all day long! no one
replyed our calls...

have? end where is the limit???

the court decision says that we have to stop
operating a www.server with the name
because of confusion of the surfers...

its not the same thing and not legal to shut down
our mail now...

the damage on our side is enormous... we are anyway
overloaded with mails... and its not easy to handle
the communication with all our supporters (who
hopefully understand the caos and the delay of our
replies... we are sorry!) all the media people and
the lawyers! now we even have to communicate the
change to a new system...

we hope we didnt boder you too much with our
call for help. its good to know that there
are people out there who care! let us know if
you dont like to be in this list... we dont use
it often...just for emergency situations.
we relay on a platform to inform people...

thank you for your efforts!

ps: send this message to people you forwarded the
last mail... so they know what the status is.

for further communications related to such topics
please contact gramazio only... zai is managing the
press.... and is overloaded with mails. thanks.


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