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Old 08-14-2001, 02:37 PM   #1
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Default Ezula is placing ads all over your site and stealing your visitors

I thought everyone should know that the eZula company (developers of TopText which is included in the Kazaa software - over 6 million copies downloaded) will NOT exclude any websites from being mangled and bastardized. This insidious software adds disgusting yellow links all over your website (as viewed in the visitor's browser) which direct visitors to THEIR advertisers.

Bottom line, THEY modify your website without permission, THEY steal visitors from your website, THEY generate advertising revenue from your website and YOU get nothing. Their is no way to opt-out your website from this degradation (see attached message below).

What makes this potentially so bad for all of us is the fact that they have partnered with Kazaa ( a very popular free peer-to-peer software ) in order to infiltrate and infect the millions of users of the Kazaa software.

If we have any legal experts here, I would love to hear how we can start a class action law suit to stop this cancer from spreading.

You may also want to read eZula's reply to my email message requesting that they cease and desist from modifying my websites without authorization.

Best Regards,



Thank you for your interest in eZula's new TopText technology. TopText is an optional Web browser plug-in, affirmatively chosen by users to augment their browsers' display of Web pages. TopText is a client-side application that resides on the user's personal computer and operates on content from anywhere on the Web, just like any other client-side application, including for example ISPs' proxies and the like. It overlays a web page with an extra set of contextually-relevant links, clearly differentiated in yellow from the browser's standard hyperlinks.

Extending upon the way typical Web browsers permit users to change the font size and color or hide images on a displayed Web page, TopText offers users a filter or lens to supplement their browsing experience. After users agree to use the TopText plug-in, the users are notified that yellow links overlaid by TopText are not part of the Web pages they are viewing.

We believe that TopText enriches the surfing experience by offering a willing user additional options without interfering with any of the text, design or appearance of your website. The additional links are keyed to keywords and phrases, and not to the web pages viewed. As a general matter, eZula does not exclude websites from viewing through the TopText plug-in on a site-by-site basis. We apologize if misquoted statements in a Slashdot story gave the mistaken impression that we would do so.. However, TopText does not modify the text of your pages or attribute any extra links to you - your authorship of the original page remains clear and distinct. Like NBCi's QuickClick , TopText offers browsers a way to get more information about Web pages. In most cases, only a few words or phrases per page will be highlighted with TopText information.

We hope this addresses your concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can answer any further questions about the TopText technology.

[Deleted section where they have the gall to try to get me to advertise with them]

The eZula Team.


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