Version 1.1 BBS LEGAL GUIDE Including legal forms, statutes and +quot;how to do it+quot; i
Version 1.1 - BBS LEGAL GUIDE
Including legal forms, statutes and "how to do it" information
Copyright 1993, Clary and Kraft
All Rights Reserved
Will I get in trouble for having x-rated gifs available for
Can I be sued for libel if someone goes nuts in the flame room?
Can I deduct losses I sustain running my BBS?
If someone posts a commercial program on my BBS will the FBI
confiscate my equipment?
Questions, questions, questions. But there isn't a place to go
for up to date legal information, instead of rumors. Until now.
The BBS LEGAL GUIDE is prepared by working sysops and attorneys,
and since it's on disk, is always updated.
This program includes nuts and bolts answers to your questions
about BBSing and the law, has totally menu driven legal forms,
and sign up sheets, to protect the sysop from the big bad wolf!
. This program is valuable for both large pay BBS systems
and not for profit single line systems. Persons who will benefit
from this program include:
BBS systems operators
Corporations/Government agencies operating BBS systems
BBS software developers, SI's and VAR's
Software houses selling BBS and BBS related software
Not for profit clubs & organizations operating BBS systems
BBS message networks
The BBS legal guide also contains all 50 states computer crime
and BBS specific laws, annotated and explained.
Another amazing feature-- BBS screens and bulletins that you can
use to define the rules of your system and protect your legal
rights as a sysop.
Thought we were done with the features? Not yet. For corporate
BBS's, specific forms for your personnel manual defining proper
computer use. For large BBS systems, complete manuals for co-
sysops and employees. All of the corporate policies/operation
manuals are designed to protect the system's proprietor.
The basic package is an important tool for the sysop. But, even
more value is provided by monthly updates providing timely
information, more legal data, forms and screens. These updates
will be driven by the requests of our users. However, planned
the complete annotated copyright code;
all state laws regarding "obscenity" with full annotations
Now the answers-- The good news is that an investment in time
will protect you and your system. Yes, you can deduct losses
sustained running a BBS-- if you know the ropes. Yes, you can
carry adult gifs. And you can have folks flame away at each other
if they want to without trouble. There is a way to handle
inadvertent postings of commercial software. On the other hand
some sysops have been caught unprepared, suffered huffing and
puffing and had their house fall in.
This program contains full annotated text of statutes and
regulations, nuts and bolts answers to your questions, BBS
screens and menu driven legal forms and more.
There are three levels of registration available for this
Deluxe registration is $ 129.00. Deluxe registration provides:
1. A printed manual.
2. Disks with the latest versions of the software- and the disk
is "branded" with your name and license number.
3. Each month updates are created. These updates contain some or
all of the following:
a) New forms;
b) Although we can't give individual legal advice, answers to
questions posed by our registered users;
c) New annotated legal text;
d) New BBS screens and bulletins;
and are mailed first class mail.
Upgrades to the program and new manuals are mailed upon their
After 12 months, to continue your subscription, an additional $
75 fee is required. So long as your subscription remains current
you will receive any upgrades and updates via first class mail.
4. Support via voice (answered 24 hours daily), BBS and other on-
Thus, deluxe registrants receive a continuing update subscription
as well as upgrades, support and manuals via mail as soon as
This registration fee is less than even one hour of an attorney's
time-- an investment well worth the cost.
Regular registration is $ 69.
Regular registration provides:
1. A printed manual.
2. Program disks of the latest version with the registered users
name "branded" on the disk.
3. A subscription to updates and upgrades for 12 months. However,
these updates are posted on our support BBS systems in a
scrambled from. The user is provided with the descrambling keys
for 12 months following their registrations. Upgrades to the
program may be used, provided that the registered user downloads
the updates from our support BBS.
4. Support via voice and BBS, together with many on-line
5. After 12 months, to continue to receive updates and upgrades,
a subscription fee of $ 35 is due. Updates and upgrades must be
Many sysops are on a budget. "Basic" registration requires less
work on our part, and the registration fee is cut accordingly.
Basic registration is $ 35. Basic registration provides:
1. An "unlock" key which removes all shareware reminders and
brands the users name and license number on the program. However,
you must call our support BBS to download your registration key
file and descramble program.
2. Monthly updates which are posted on our support BBS systems in
scrambled form. When you download your "unlock key" the
unscramble program is also provided.
3. Support via BBS only.
4. After 12 months, a continuing subscription to updates is
available for $ 20.00. The user must call our support BBS to
download the necessary unscrambling information.
5. All upgrades to the program may be used so long as your
subscription to updates is maintained, although you'll have to
CHOOSE YOUR BUDGET, but register!
Registration is REQUIRED if you use the BBS screens or forms on
Note: We have arrangements with several BBS systems for posting
our updates/upgrades. Complete information on the access numbers
is provided to our registered users. If your multi-line system is
interested in being a distribution site, please contact us.
We feel that any of three levels registrations are great values.
If a sysop can even find an attorney who understands what a BBS
is, substantial fees would be required for even simple services.
At $ 150 to $ 295 per hour for most legal services, our
registration fee is a bargain, and a necessary investment for the
security of your system.
If you are unfamiliar with the shareware concept of distribution
of software, please read "share.txt." The developers of this
program have well known commercial programs as well as shareware.
Since BBS systems are one of the primary modes of distribution of
shareware, and that's the target market of this program, we have
chosen shareware as the distribution method for this software.
The document generator prepares a form which you should use to
make your order. Credit cards, checks and money orders are
accepted. (Credit card orders, please contact ATTENTION TO
DETAILS BBS, at 1-909-681-6221 and you may order by credit card
HOW TO REACH US:
Our primary support BBS is Webb Blackmon's BLUE RIDGE EXPRESS
(B.R.E.) This 36 line super system (and growing) is one of the
best in the nation! We check in with the BRE daily.
After calling the BRE you should enter J FRINGE to access our
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Our West Coast Support BBS is ATTENTION TO DETAILS--
located in the greater LA megalopolis
9600 baud v32 1-909-681-6221
Genial sysop Clint Bradford awaits your call. You may order the
BBS LEGAL GUIDE with your MasterCard or VISA through ATTENTION TO
DETAILS, who is an authorized dealer for the BBS LEGAL GUIDE
Message traffic can also reach us via EXEC-PC, directed to "Herb
Kraft" of Tallahassee, Florida. EXEC PC is the largest micro-
computer BBS in the world, and, is a personal favorite of the
developers of this program.
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9600 baud 1-414-789-4360 V32/bis
US Robotics HST 9600 MNP5 1-414-789-4337
US Robotics HST 14400 1-414-789-4352
CompuCom Speedmodem 9600 MNP5 modems 1-414-789-4450
Hayes 9600B V-series, 9600bps only(non-V.32) 1-414-789-4315
Users of GENIE may reach us through GENIE mail by addressing
messages to H.KRAFT1. If you are a user of GENIE you may post
mail during non-peak times for no additional fee than your basic
GENIE monthly subscription.
We operate a BBS system, 9600 V32, at 904-656-2263. Please note
that we are planning a move and this number may change. Please
check with the BRE, ATTENTION TO DETAILS or EXEC if you do not
get through on our BBS number.
Other multi-line BBS systems will be designated as support
systems, and registered users will be advised of the additional
support BBS systems.
We check all of these services daily, and will be pleased to
respond to all mail and suggestions. We will provide reasonable
"support" to potential registered users through the BBS's
Our 24 hour voice number is provided to registered users.
R FRINGE SOFTWARE FULFILLMENT
1350 Mahan Drive, Box 315
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Via fax: 904-656-6495
Checking in with any questions via BBS is the fastest way to get
DISTRIBUTION OF THE PROGRAM
You are encouraged to pass a copy of this program or to upload it
to your favorite BBS or to user groups or friends for evaluation.
Please encourage them to register their copy if they find that
they can use it. All registered users will receive the benefits
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS DISK OR TO UPLOAD THESE FILES. IN
EITHER CASE YOU MUST SHARE ALL OF THE FILES. PLEASE NOTE OUR
REQUEST THAT YOU DO NOT RENAME THIS ARCHIVE.
A. PLEASE READ ALL FILES WITH EXTENSIONS OF ".TXT" that came with
your program ME FILE FOR MORE INFORMATION FOR IMPORTANT
INFORMATION AND ANY LAST MINUTE NEWS AND CHANGES. To print out
the manual please use the command:
SPECIAL NOTE: IN THIS MANUAL ITEMS TO BE ENTERED ON THE COMPUTER
ARE ENCLOSED IN ANGLED BRACKETS "< >". Follow the entry with the
ENTER key. Do not type the brackets as they are only placeholders
for text to be entered by you.
B. ORGANIZATION OF MANUALS-- We provide two separate but
complimentary manuals. The first is the "quickstart" manual. If
you are a power user, this very brief manual explains each active
key and function. The second manual (the one that you are now
reading) is a detailed manual, consisting of 7 sections:
1) System Requirements/Installation
2) Use of the program
3) The information needed to generate legal forms
4) Customer Satisfaction- Support
5) About our staff
6) Legalese-- warranties, trademarks, warnings
To install THE BBS LEGAL GUIDE, (we'll call it BBS LAW for short)
First back up your installation disks by using the MS DOS command
DISKCOPY. For more information about DISKCOPY, consult your
computer's manual. Place the master disks that you received in a
safe place and use your backup copies.
To use this BBS distribution version, please un-archive the
program to its own subdirectory.
In order to operate this program, your computer must:
1) have an IBM PC compatible operation a version of M.S. DOS,
D.R. DOS or P.C. DOS of 3.3 or higher or OS/2, PS/2; this program
happily runs under Windows environments/Multi tasking
environments and also runs in "MS DOS EMULATIONS" in Open Desk
Top and other UNIX systems that can run MS DOS programs.
To find out which version of dos you are using, please enter:
and you will receive a cheery message such as
MS-DOS VER 3.30
in general this program will operate on XT compatibles, '286
compatibles (AT Class) and '386 compatible systems; 486 systems;
2) have a hard drive (fixed disk);
3) have at least 448 K Bytes of USABLE memory with the first
640KB; many computer users have machines that are installed with
512K, 640K or more but install many Terminate and stay
resident (TSR or "memory resident" programs) which each use
memory, dropping available for usable memory to less than 448 K;
if you cannot operate this program dump out of it (the time
honored process pressing Control, Alternate and Delete at once to
"warm" reboot) and at a system prompt type, exactly
Your machine should whirl and click and then announce something
655360 bytes total memory
620000 bytes free
if you have less that 448000 bytes of memory free, then you must
read the manuals for your memory resident software and delete
some of them so that you have at least 448000 free when you run
this program. There are utilities that "manage" terminate and
stay resident program advertised in your favorite computer
magazine. If you would like an operating environment that manages
memory and can make your computer stand on its head allowing
multitasking among many other great things, check out the great
products from Quarterdeck.(tm)
(We apologize to most BBS types who are power users and know all
of this! However, we had to learn how to do all this once too!)
IMPORTANT CAVEAT: Many computer users employ file management
shells like the Norton Commander(tm) or PC TOOLS (versions 6 and
higher) to help them manage their systems. These programs consume
memory when used. Often persons also load several Terminate and
stay resident utilities (T.S.R's) and a file manager. The likely
result is that you will be often reduced to less than 300k free
memory. This will S.. L.. O.. W.. down your system and cause
many programs not to load at all. Running BBSLAW directly from
DOS is simple and recommended!
We get calls now and then about the document generation program
not loading. In EVERY occasion that this occurs it is because you
have less than 448K FREE RAM. Really. Honestly. Let's assume that
you have a computer with 640K RAM. You can still be running with
less than 448K RAM free by loading numerous drivers, TSR's and
shells. Please check what your free memory is if you find that
the document generator will not load and drops you to DOS
following the instructions above. Please note that your system
can be configured with many megabytes of ram, but STILL HAVE LESS
THAN 448K free within the first 640KB! Unless you use memory
management software, you can have 10 megs of RAM, but have less
than 448KB free in the first 640KB.
There is no minimum requirement for graphics adapters or color.
The program will happily run on a text-mono system; and it looks
very great on a VGA system! Due to our design philosophy the
program will run on a system with NO color and no graphics
capability at all.
A printer is recommended so that you can fully use BBS LAW (You
cannot print out legal documents without access to a
USE OF THE PROGRAM
STEP ONE (LOGICALLY) STARTING THE PROGRAM
Section 2-1 QUICK START MANUAL
A separate file on this disk contains a "quick start manual" for
experienced applications users which gives all of the active keys
for each program. A detailed manual follows.
Section 2-2 START UP AND MAIN MENU
In order to start the program, be sure that you have either have
the computer in the legal subdirectory or that the program is on
the current path. Now type:
(or or in MS-DOS, they are the same to the
computer.) and press the Return
key. The main menu offers a help screen.
Your mouse driver must be loaded before attempting to use a mouse
on the program. For more information on loading your mouse
driver, please see the manual which came with your rodent. To
begin using the program, type
then . Clicking the left button sends a carriage return,
the right button page down, both buttons, sends Escape. Moving
the rodent up and down advances the cursor up and down. NOTE: We
do not have a separate mouse cursor. The mouse is emulating the
SELECTING FROM THE OPTIONS PROVIDED
To select your choice, either use the cursor keys (up and down
arrows) to highlight the choice you want, or, enter the letter
corresponding to your choice, and then press
We will explain the operation of the statutes, and tutorials
(mini-seminars), document preparation and editing documents
THE SHELL GAME- OUR DOS "SHELL"
Choice "S"- DOS Shell-- Our DOS "shell" is a utility program
which allows you to perform tasks, while retaining the HOME LEGAL
GUIDE in memory. For example, if you want to format a floppy
disk, but do not want to exit the program, then choose the DOS
Shell option, by either highlighting this option using the cursor
keys (up and down arrows) or pressing
then press . You will then see a message indicating that
your operating system has been loaded. For example,
Microsoft (R) MS-DOS (R) Version 3.30
(C) Copyright Microsoft Corp. 1981-1986
you may then operate DOS commands. At all times, the Home Legal
Guide remains in memory. To resume use of the program, type
and then or (On some machines the key is
marked return, on others enter, and some have a left descending
arrow.) This will return you to the opening screen.
At the bottom of each screen the active keys are listed, and what
each key does. This "navigator" strip is your first resource for
help in getting around the program.
BBS LAW contains the full text, with attorney's explanations of
many important laws and governmental regulations. To choose this
option from the main menu, press
and then (Return), or highlight this option by using the
cursor keys- up and down arrows. Once you are reading the full
text, you will occasionally see blocks of text marked with "/*"
and closed with "*/." These are distinguishing placeholders to
show comments as opposed to the full text of the law or
regulation. Copyright stuff: We do not claim copyright on
government material contained in the statutes menu. However we do
claim copyright on all the rest of the program and on the
comments within the statutes.
Section 2-8 BROWSING THROUGH THE STATUTES
You may read the statutes by pressing the page up, page down,
cursor keys for up and down (up and down arrows.) The left and
right cursor keys are special. The left arrow key returns you to
the previous comment; the right arrow searches for the next
If you press the left arrow key and the text does not change,
this means that you are seeing the first comment; if you press
the right arrow key and the text does not change you are then
viewing the last comment in the file.
Section 2-9 LET'S TAKE NOTES
USE OF THE "NOTE PAD"- JOT NOTES WHILE LEARNING ABOUT THE LAW
If you want to take a note while reading the tutorial, put our
memory resident note pad to work. From any point once you are
reading the text of the tutorial type
(Function key 2)
and then a note pad will open on the bottom of the screen. This
is a nice feature so that you won't lose your place or have to go
get a pad and paper if you find something interesting that you
might want to take notes about. Since it is for jotting notes, we
have made it very simple to use. Simply type in your note, using
the backspace key to erase characters.
NOTE PAD HELP
To get help regarding the note pad utility, simply press
, (function key one)
while the note pad is open. The help screen contains a full
explanation of the note pad's use.
PRINTING OUT YOUR NOTES
To print out our notes, make sure that your printer is ready,
power on, properly connected, with paper and ribbons, and then
(Function key 3)
ERASING AND SAVING NOTES
(Function key 10)
erases everything on the note pad. You cannot recover notes once
erased by using F10. To "toggle" back and forth between the note
pad and the text of the tutorial, press
(Function key 2)
Your notes are saved automatically every time that you toggle
back and forth between the note pad and the tutorial's main text.
Section 2-10 SPECIAL STATUTE- DEFINITIONS
This program contains a special "statute"- the on line legal
phrase dictionary. Select this option to look up unfamiliar legal
terms. Please let us know if you find other words we should
Section 2- 11 EXITING THE STATUTES
To leave a statute, you may press
which will return you to the statutes menu. To return to the main
To exit the program completely, press
which will send you back to DOS and quit the program.
Section 2-12 TUTORIAL (MINI-SEMINAR) MENU
WHAT IS A TUTORIAL/ MINI-SEMINAR?
The HOME LEGAL GUIDE mini-seminars called "tutorials" about the
subjects that our research and your requests show are of the most
interest to our users. To select this option, either highlight
option C from the main menu, or, enter the letter
Then press (Return.)
These "tutorials" or "mini-seminars" are a discussion of the
rights and obligations that the law provides for each tutorial
area. LET US KNOW ABOUT OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST AND WE'LL PREPARE
SOMETHING ON THAT AREA IN THE FUTURE. You're the boss.
Section 2-13 SELECTING A TUTORIAL/MINI-SEMINAR
Once you have determined which tutorial you might want to read or
review, please highlight it by using the cursor keys (up and down
arrows). Then press . You will then be able to see the
text of a tutorial.
You can read through the tutorial by using the cursor keys, page
down, page up or the home or end keys. (Note that our clever
programming methods- Good job Warren-- make going from one end to
another virtually instantaneous.)
Section 2-14 TAKING NOTES
You may take notes as discussed in Section 2-9.
Section 2-15 READING FULL TEXT OF LAWS OR REGULATIONS DISCUSSED-
OPENING A SECOND WINDOW
Let's get back to the tutorial. If you would like to read and
review the full text of the laws discussed in a tutorial or
mini-seminar, you can review this simultaneously with the
tutorial by opening a second "window." To do so, press the letter
and you will be able to select to view the on line dictionary or
view a help screen for tutorials. In addition, many tutorials
also have further explanatory material.
To select which option you desire, use the cursor keys (up and
down arrow) to highlight the item you want to view. Then press
return. The selected item (the on line dictionary, help or other
materials) will then appear on the screen; to toggle back and
forth between the mini-seminar and the selected full annotated
You can still open a note pad if you have both the mini-
seminar and the full text selected. Many mini-seminars have more
than one full text selection. If you want to review a different
full annotated text from that originally selected, return to the
tutorial, and press
which will reopen the full annotated text menu. Select the new
full text by using the cursor (up and down arrow keys).
Section 2-16 DEFINITIONS OF LEGAL TERMS
If legal terms are used in the mini-seminar, they are also
defined in the on line legal dictionary. Simply press
and select this option for the on line legal phrase book- our
mini legal dictionary. Press
to toggle back and forth between the dictionary and the text. To
select help or full text, return to the tutorial text, press
and select the other full text.
Section 2-17 EXITING THE TUTORIAL
To stop reading, press Escape
to return to the tutorial menu,
to return to the main menu, or
to exit (quit) the program and to return to DOS. That was
Section 2-18 DRAFTING DOCUMENTS
THE DOCUMENT GENERATOR
We are very proud of our document generation program and hope
that you will be as well. Through the use of this part of the
program you will be able to draft custom legal papers that are
legal and binding in all 50 states. These forms will accomplish
their objectives of course, if you use a form that isn't right,
or doesn't completely accomplish your goal, you'll have a legal
and valid form that accomplishes something other than you
IT IS ESSENTIAL TO HAVE AN ATTORNEY REVIEW DOCUMENTS THAT YOU
PREPARE FROM TIME TO TIME; THE DOCUMENTS HEREIN ARE VALID IN THAT
IF THEY ARE PROPERLY PREPARED THEY WILL BE EFFECTIVE TO CAUSE THE
INTENDED RESULT. THIS MEANS HOWEVER, THAT A USE OF THE FORMS FOR
AN INAPPROPRIATE PURPOSE WILL RESULT IN AN INAPPROPRIATE RESULT.
WE IMPLORE YOU TO SEEK LEGAL COUNSEL IF THE FAILURE OF A LEGAL
FORM TO ACCOMPLISH THE INTENDED PURPOSE WILL BE FINANCIAL LOSS.
UNDER THE DISCLAIMERS OF WARRANTIES HEREIN, DAMAGES MAY NOT BE
RECOVERED FOR THE MONETARY LOSSES AND OTHER DAMAGES, INCLUDING
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES SHOULD A FORM NOT MEET YOUR NEEDS. YOU'LL
STILL SAVE TIME AND MONEY BY USING THE FORMS- JUST HAVE THEM
REVIEWED. IN ADDITION BE SURE TO GET THE LATEST FORMS BY CHECKING
IN FOR UPDATES.
In order to begin using the forms generator, from the main menu,
please select option "D", prepare legal documents, by either
and then or using the cursor keys (up and down arrows)
to select this option.
NOTE THAT THERE IS MORE THAN ONE SCREEN OF CHOICES, either scroll
to the end, or use "Page Down" (you may have to do this more than
once) to see all selections.
The document menu lists the many available choices. Use the up
and down arrows to highlight the document which you want to
LAWS CHANGE AND THIS MAY FORCE A CHANGE IN FORMS TO MAKE THEM
COMPLY WITH LEGAL REQUIREMENTS. PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK FOR
UPDATES. WHAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED CONTAINS THE FORMS TO THE DATE OF
SHIPPING AND IS SUPPLEMENTED AND UPDATED REGULARLY.
Once "inside" a document you will have the opportunity to enter
information, and "custom build" your form.
SECTION 2-19 BUILDING DOCUMENTS: SCREENS
You will then see two types of form building screens- a multiple
choice box and a fill in the blank box.
SECTION 2-20 FILL IN THE BLANK SCREENS
First the fill in the blank box:
Enter, exactly as you wish to see it, the information requested.
Be careful to put it in the format requested- if the fill in the
blank box asks for the information in numerals, use numerals. If
it asks for information in numbers, enter numbers. Once you have
finished filling in the blanks, then hit return. You can "edit" a
line prior to entering "return" by using the backspace key. If
you have made a horrible goof and want to start from scratch, use
the tab forward key to highlight the "cancel" choice on the
bottom of the dialogue box, and press return. The document will
then be canceled. You will be returned to the document
preparation main menu. A second option is to leave the document
with the error and fix it with the on-line word processor.
On occasions the space which is provided for entry of data is too
small. In that case, simply enter in the fill in the blank box
"See exhibit 1 (etc.)" and use a separate sheet to continue. Or
you can fill in the document and then use the built-in word
processor to put in the rest of the information.
SECTION 2-21 MULTIPLE CHOICE SCREENS
You will also see multiple choice boxes. Use the up arrow and
down arrow (cursor keys) to place the "bullet" in the choice that
you would like, and press .
SECTION 2-22 NUMERICAL AMOUNTS
When amounts of money need to be input, enter them in the
213.45 or 22000.00
commas and dollar signs are not required and should not be used.
The program will prompt for numerical amounts and then will
transliterate them into their numerical equivalents. Thus, if you
enter 100, the program will show it as $ 100.00 (One hundred
dollars and xx/100) automatically!
SECTION 2-23 SUGGESTED INPUTS
Many screens contain suggested inputs. For example, the "number
of days between installments" on the installment promissory note
has several choices. The final choice "KEY IN VALUE" allows you
to put whichever choice you desire in the form if the suggestions
don't fit your needs. To enter your own value, place the bullet
in the key in value choice and then press ENTER. Then type in
SECTION 2-22 FINISHING DOCUMENTS- NAMING DOCUMENTS
Once you've finished preparing a document, press
(for save) and then fill in the name of the document. Ms-dos
limits you to eight characters and an extension on a file, for
example- "guide.exe." We don't-- your document can be named
meaningfully using up to 72 characters, including blanks-- Thus,
a note from Joe to Fred for $ 1.00 done on
12/1/92 can be named:
Note from Joe to Fred- value $ 1.00 dated 12/1/92
Use a completely descriptive name so you will know exactly what
the document is.
SECTION 2-23 PRINTING DOCUMENTS
To print out a document, after completing your answers, and
seeing the document, press
, and a dialogue box will ask you
use the cursor key to say "yes" or "no." Before saying yes be
sure that the printer is connected to the computer, turned on,
has ribbons and paper. (Or if it is a laser printer, that it has
toner and paper!) You may use a printer of your choice from daisy
wheel, a dot matrix to a laser.
IF YOU ARE USING A LASER PRINTER BE SURE TO CLEAR OUT ANY CODES
THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE SET FOR GRAPHICS OR LANDSCAPE PRINTING. THE
PRINT OUTPUT IS ORDINARY "ASCII."
The specific forms and the information required to complete them
are discussed in section 3.
SECTION 2-24 REVIEWING DOCUMENTS
To print out a document which you previously saved, go to the
main menu and either use the cursor key or enter the letter
and then press . The documents, with titles that you have
chosen will appear on screen. To see one, highlight that document
and press To print, press
check that you are ready and then print away. To delete a
document, first select the document, and press enter so that you
are viewing that document. To delete hold down the key and
while holding the ALT key down, press (for delete.) This will
permanently erase a document, and in most cases even an undelete
program will not save you! Be sure that you intend to do so
before zapping a document to never-never land!
Once you have prepared a document, you may change it with the
built in text editor.
The text editor contains a complete help screen. Just hit
for complete help.
NOTE: THE MOUSE IS DISABLED DURING USE OF OUR EDITOR.
FORMS- INFORMATION REQUIRED
SECTION 3-1 FORMS IN GENERAL
In this section of the manual, we'll explain what information
is needed to prepare each form, and will outline for what
purposes the form is useful.
Chapter 3 is contained in a separate file.
Section 4-1 BBS SCREENS/BULLETINS
BBS LAW provides many BBS screens and bulletins. Please note that
YOU MUST REGISTER the program before you may use the screens and
bulletins. All registered users who use BBS screens must add as a
bulletin to their system the bulletin entitled "Copy.Bul."
(Copy.bul is a screen which notifies users that some screens and
text are reproduced under license from this program.)
Section 4-2 POLICIES
The program provides the following policy statements, which can
be used as bulletins.
The purpose of this policy is to eliminate liability for
downtime, whether planned or unplanned. Without any statement
whatsoever an implied condition of the contract between a paying
user and a BBS could be construed to require continuous service,
or, that the same service hours as prevails when a user
registers with a BBS will be continued. If downtime occurs, this
would be a breach of the implied contract and would entitle the
user to damages. These damages could include a rebate and lost
profits or other damages if a message doesn't go through etc. The
Uniform Commercial Code (to the extent that BBS service is a good
rather than a service) provides that limitations on the remedy
for a breach of contract may be.
B)- We also provide two policies related to the provision of
buy/sell areas, limiting liability of the system, and pointing
out that the BBS is not making the offers.
C)- We recommend that you post your state's computer crimes law
as a bulletin. (Please strip out our comments first!) The files
are named ??-law.sta, where ?? equals the post office
abbreviation for your state.
Please note that several legal forms also double as BBS screens.
Section 4-1: SUPPORT
After registration of this program, you are entitled to support
through a private bulletin board, the Blue Ridge Express. Regular
and deluxe registrations offer support via phone. We also are on
EXEC PC and GENIE and visit daily. On GENIE please address mail
to H.KRAFT1 and on EXEC-PC, please address mail to Herb Kraft.
The numbers at the Blue Ridge Express and EXEC PC are listed
BBS LEGAL GUIDE, INC.
1350 Mahan Drive, #E-4-315
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Section 5-2 Philosophy
We try to place customer service first! Let us prove it to you!
Many forms, tutorials, etc. were suggested by our users! Let's
hear from you! It is our intention to answer questions from our
users in the monthly updates. Please share your concerns and
questions with us. We will provide reasonable support to
potential registered users through the BBS systems mentioned.
SECTION 5-3 WORDS ABOUT SHAREWARE
This program is shareware. IT IS NOT FREE SOFTWARE. BBS LAW has
been authored by a group which has over 20 programs sold
commercially. Our best seller in the commercial field, THE PC
ATTORNEY (which is similar to this program, but just generates
documents) has sold over 100,000 units. THE PC ATTORNEY has been
recognized by a number of industry publications as a best seller.
SEARS BRAND CENTRAL has featured the PC ATTORNEY on its best
sellers list for many months. Our flag ship shareware program,
The Home and Business Legal Guide was a top 10 best seller in
1990 and 1991, and continues to be a top seller at disk vendors
and user groups. Basically, shareware is commercial software
marketed on trust. Just like there is good and bad commercial
software, there is good and bad shareware. At least with
shareware, you get a full test drive before you spend. Any fee
you paid to a disk vendor was for the disks, and the catalog,
support etc. We receive no fees from disk vendors. Our only
compensation s that which we receive directly from our users.
Registrations may be mailed to:
BBS LEGAL GUIDE, INC.
1350 Mahan Drive, #E-4-315
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
The document preparation program prepares forms for all levels of
WHO WE ARE
It takes many persons to put together a project of this
magnitude. The staff that prepared this program consist of:
Herbert Kraft (Herb), J.D., Developer and author of legal
material, comments and documents, Chief Developer (It's all my
Warren Clary, P.E., Software engineer and co-developer, Warren is
the author of the computer program itself (and did a tremendous
Amy Seeberger; research and support; and,
Scott Briscoe, research, chief of customer support and
Thanks to many BBS sysops who spoke to us about this program, and
to the thousands of BBS operators who making BBSing a reality.
Section 6-1 LIMITATION OF WARRANTY
***EXCEPT FOR THE CUSTOMER SERVICE POLICY THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AND THE SELLERS AND MANUFACTURER SHALL NOT BE
LIABLE FOR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. THE SOLE REMEDY SHALL BE
LIMITED TO THE REFUND OF PURCHASE PRICE. THE FORMS HEREIN ARE NOT
INTENDED TO BE USED UNLESS THE SAME ARE REVIEWED BY AN ADVISOR OR
ATTORNEY, AND THE SELLERS AND MANUFACTURERS OF THIS PROGRAM SHALL
NOT BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE FAILURE OF A FORM TO
ACCOMPLISH THE GOALS OF THE USER.***
IBM PC, PS/2, AT, XT, and PC-DOS are trademarks of IBM. MS-DOS
and OS/2 are a trademark of Microsoft. DR-DOS is a trademark of
Digital Research. UNIX is a trademark of Bell Labs. R FRINGE is a
trademark of R FRINGE SOFTWARE, INC., THE BBS LEGAL GUIDE is a
trademark of BBS LEGAL GUIDE, INC.
"Mouse.com" is copyright 1983,1984 by Microsoft, and is used
under license. PKLITE is used under license from PKWARE, Inc.
LHARC is Copyright 1990, Yoshi, and is used with permission.
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