Funny, just a few days ago I was playing the DS remake of SaGa 2. "Ridiculous" is the first word that came to mind to see King doubling down by trying to trademark not just "candy" but also "saga" now. It's not like classical RPGs have been around for three decades...
So according to the premise of OOTB here, you should all just shut up about DRMs getting cracked! It's coming, inevitable, you can't stop it with your "moral panic" on the outdated notion that customers shouldn't own what they purchased. Sheesh.
That might be exactly why the Google Glasses sound like such a big deal. People wearing them are likely aware of their camera-like capabilities. This awareness may be a fatal blow to a long-term Orwellian plan to install nanoscopic cameras on glasses and market them as usual glasses so people will unknowingly be walking surveillance machines.
Can't wait to see more politicians grandstand against this. "See, we're trying to protect you from these devilish glasses that would record everything you're doing. It's not like we're in favour of dismantling your privacy rights."
No, not Ask Toolbar. It was there on my clients' computers (of course) along with other shady software, but it wasn't what I had in mind.
I actually managed to remember one: MyPlayCity. I don't know which software actually installed the nasties (the site offers free games, but it doesn't look like the uninstalling the games instantly removes the crapware as well), but it also hijacked browsers' homepage and default search engine.
I don't know, maybe it doesn't mean much in terms of legal grounds, but it does manage to confuse and trick people. Not that I wouldn't blame them for being too gullible either, though...
I wish there were more examples of this. I believe trademarks have a better chance than copyrights and patents to be used wisely. Google could probably learn from Mozilla. I've cleaned some computers whose users apparently installed some shady software that changed their browsers' default search engine to random sites. Some of those (can't really remember the address) really look like carbon copies of Google sans the logo. I've been thinking, can't Google bring a suit against those Google copycats (or they have, but I'm perfectly unaware)? After all, the people whose computers I fixed (who, you guessed it, aren't very tech savvy and probably don't pay much attention to URLs as opposed to just the web page) were perfectly tricked and didn't realise it was -not- Google.
On another note, I'm certain this isn't the first time this is being asked, but should companies like Gamma stay legitimate? Maybe a lot of companies need some sort of surveillance system for their offices, but doing so through deceitful means like this while also selling products clearly intended to help governments curb free speech?
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