And now that I look through the archives more closely, in message 62 I'm the first to use the term "geocaching" as well, based on Dave's desire to have a term that could be a verb, a noun, etc.
So I guess if anyone could argue the rights to the term it would be me. What a load of crap. I hereby declare the terms "geocache", "geocaching", "geocacher", and all other derivatives to be in common use, free for all to use without let or hindrance.
As for censoring the maps, the concept that anyone can "own" a lat/lon coordinate is simply laughable... If that's the case, he owes Mike Teague and I some royalties for the coordinates he originally took from our databases... :-). Now, if he went to the trouble of generating the map images himself and them someone lifted the graphics w/o permission, he might have a case. But to say that a map generated by the use of coordinates that *other* people put into his database lacks any common sense at all.
This is the only "geocache" list I'm subscribed to, and I don't visit geocaching.com anymore, so these are all interesting developments to hear about. How long has this lunacy been happening?
James H. Coburn IV wrote: >Though Matt you are the one who invented the term GEOCACHE. >James > >-----Original Message----- >From: Matt Stum [mailto:email@example.com] >Sent: Saturday, June 02, 2001 12:58 PM >To: firstname.lastname@example.org >Subject: Re: [gpsstash] Please catch me up > > >Oh, and as a footnote, game-founder Dave Ulmer used the >term "geocaching" on 5/30/2000. There may have been >earlier references to that exact form of the word, but I think >it's ample proof that it was in use long before geocaching.com >came along (which was registered nearly a year afterwards). > >http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gpsstash/message/63 > >Matt