*We slip up here. When the unauthorised copy of AP2 came to light, we were obviously distraught and bothered; our happy tiny world of imprecise explanation and grossly defamatory libel had been unpleasantly violated. As a result, we replaced the real AP2 with an announcement that everything was on hold because of exciting legal capers.
Tragically FOR US this is taken by Emap's Solicitors as a sign of weakness - for example, that we're tacitly acknowledging the legitimacy of their counter-claims of defamation (rather than, as is the case, a perfectly natural protective reflex to being ripped off, which is to ensure you're not ripped off again, especially when you have a fairly giant update on the way). This is a bit of a shame and, though it does not in the end affect the AP2 Legal Capers, Emap's Solicitors mention it ALL THE TIME, like they're laughing at our ragged trousers and broken hats or something while splashing puddles in our faces with their gaiters and canes.
(By coincidence, when Reader Millington is ripped off years later by the Mail On Sunday, who respond to his declining their offer to print extracts from his popular Things About Which My Girlfriend And I Have Argued site by doing so anyway with no credit and all the names changed, his instinctive reaction is exactly the same and he posts a disheartened message announcing the immediate end of his site. Fortuitously, with the massed aid of AP2 contributors mimeographing smudged leaflets and blowing trumpets in shops and, in some unspecified trifling capacity, his literary representative of several years whose office is next door to the agency's specialised legal department, Mills wins the day and a large cheque in damages which almost pays for his PC to run new games for the rest of the week. By coincidence 2, when the Mail On Sunday are faced with the watertight case, they immediately threaten counter-suit for defamation.)