Yesterday’s cease & desist letter was indeed not real.
- It was from the law firm of Reamer & Marler. Robert Reamer was the architect of the Old Faithful Inn. George Marler was a geologist in Yellowstone National Park who did a lot of studying of geysers.
- The letter was signed by Stephen T. Mather who was the first superintendent of the National Park Service.
- The federal act being violated was the Freedom of Observational Logging Standards (FoOLS) Act.
I do enjoy a good April Fool’s joke that seems semi-plausible and draws on current events and emotions. The recent fight over copyrighted/trademarked names of historic locations in Yosemite National Park was an inspiration.
I honestly don’t know what the legal issues are surrounding the Old Faithful Webcam. I CAN tell you the major legal contract that concerns GeyserTimes. GeyserTimes uses a license called the Open Database License (ODbL) and I encourage you to read about it if you’ve ever contributed data to GeyserTimes.
Thanks! It’s been fun!