Jim, thanks for letting us know your stance. You have an excellent company and one that provides a great line of products in the music place. I definitely appreciate your concern about others selling inferior products and claiming they are actual D'Addario strings. That could be very frustrating to the consumer that finds that the product is not up to the highest quality that I know you support. I know *I* have used D'Addario strings on my mandolin for awhile now and enjoyed them the whole time. Elderly Instruments is practically my home away from home.
I think that's what makes it all the harder for me then to let you know that more than the quality of the tone and action on my mandolin, I care about the 1st Amendment and the due process of law. If you think someone is committing a crime, all the parties should have the chance to argue in court and let the law decide. That's the way the law *should* work. Not the government deciding to silence an accused person before a trial and no hope for one afterwards, which is what COICA supports.
I just wanted you to know that from here on out, my mandolin will have Thomastiks on it. They're more expensive to me, but it a vote with my dollar for what I believe in. I hope you reconsider your support of undermining the due process. It's a shame to see an honest company support such dishonest legislation.
So, you spent $750,000 and it "got nowhere". Well, at least you recognize that much. Seems like as a company owner you would want to not spend $750,000 on activities that get you "nowhere". That's probably 10+ jobs right there!
If you are planning on spending $750,000 in 2011 on something that gets you "nowhere", can I give you my home address, you can just send me a check. You won't have to worry at all what to waste your money on until next year.
This is one Walmart shouldn't win. You state there is no right granted to use the Walmart name, logo, or likeness. The right that is granted is to Walmart for limited protection of their trademark. It is not a right for exclusive use. Therefore, one can infer the opposite that non-trademark holders have not been barred from use of the the trademark under those non-protected areas. The arguement is whether the Union's use is one of those non-protected areas. I would argue that an attempt to organize a Union of employees that work at Walmart might have a strong case for using the Walmart trademarks. Whether you agree or disagree with Union's, it's hard to communicate that your intent is to orangize Walmart employees if you can't actually refer to them or to the company.
I guess I'm confused by the term "absolute authority" as compared to saying that the comment the "Walmart sucks" doesn't show a link to Walmart. Doesn't that mean that the authority you are advocating isn't absolute, but has some restriction to it, like whether or not the comment is linked to Walmart? Absolute sounds..well, absolute, not qualified.
As both an early iPhone adopter and an avid manual transmission user, I disagree and I think there is a consistent reason why I am a fan of both of them. I want to use technology that gets out of my way and connects me directly to the task at hand. After years of phones that gave me bottled up and distilled versions of internet services, finally a phone that got out of the way and just gave you the web or email, close to the way it was on your home computer. Same thing with a stick-shift. Once you understand the basic skill, it just gets out of your way and you are connected to the experience of driving. It doesn't guess what you might want to do It doesn't assume you wanted to do something else. It just does what you tell it to. Simple. Easy to understand. Consistent interface. I find both of them extremely satisfying to use because I barely notice the tool I'm using, I just enjoy the act of using it.