AS THE WORLDWIDE WEB TURNS

Lots of folks enjoy the campy, vampy antics of Fox TV's prime-time soap opera Melrose Place. Not me. Instead, I've been glued to a true-life Web spin-off that's even sudsier than the real thing. The bad guys are a powerful-but-out-of-touch Hollywood media Goliath and the clueless lawyers who do his evil bidding. The hero is a digital David, an aspiring and nearly penniless (at least compared with Aaron Spelling) writer who's about to be dragged into court by Goliath's henchmen. Best of all, there are no commercials.

Here's the plot so far: three years ago, Melrose Place fanatic Ken Hart, a...

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