We may not love lawyers, but sometimes we need them
This makes Jeffries a candidate for the Wally Amos Hall of Fame. "Famous Amos" lost the right to use his own name to brand his chocolate chip cookies, and as with Jeffries, it "just feels wrong". Wasn't, technically, but feels that way.
While no one wants to live a lawyered-up life, both examples show that commercial ventures, from cookies to comedy, really need to be scrutinized by a legal mind, and all the "feels wrong" trade-offs evaluated. Every entry into the world of commerce is a plunge into the shark tank, and once you put pen to paper at the bottom of a contract... any contract... you lose the right to the poor-me position.
Thanks for pointing this out... what a great idea! I wanted to license a beautiful wildlife shot of a penguin, but now that I've discovered this high-quality meme cartoon, I can use that instead, and save all that money I would have paid to Getty!
Proof, once again, of a better life through the Internet.
Simpler than a cage: The US "EasyPass" system gives users a means to protect their device from scanning if so desired (wrong vehicle, etc.)... a plastic bag made of metallicized mylar, similar to the anti-static bags most circuit boards and raw hard drives are shipped in. Imagine a little square of that taped across the windshield sticker.
Waterford Whispers reminds me of my favorite satirical Irish (non-)news site, The Donegal Dollop . And, lo and behold, as I scanned it just now, I found what might be a response to Denis O'Brien... or maybe just to "Brien O'Denis":
There's real significance to this suit, and to this disclosure. The "Happy Birthday" travesty was held up as a poster child for abusive copyright in college film and video classes as long ago as the mid 70's (sadly, I was there).
And I recall staging an event in the 80's where, in order to honor those born that month, we invited a live pianist (no synchronization rights!) to play the old folk tune "Good Morning Dear Teacher"... and the audience was encouraged to sing whatever popped into their heads.
It's true that since then, a single, celebrated case has transitioned, whack-a-mole style, into a mass of abuses at all levels; but seeing that landmark toppled gives us hope that a more rational approach to IP may one day prevail.
Thanks for the guidance you've provided in this FOIA response. Since you've slightly misspelled my Teutonic surname (your keyboard has no umlaut?), I've marked your traffic summons "Addressee Unknown" and will not attempt to correct the error. Thanks for indicating that it's okay to handle things in this way.
Fallacious reasoning, I say: Because some spammers/fraudsters won't list their phone numbers, then anyone who de-lists is a spammer/fraudster. Including old Aunt Peggy, who chose a nonpublished phone number to avoid calls from spammers/fraudsters. Very clever, Aunt Peggy... seems you're the real villain here, eh?
"SSN's are stolen, faked, and abused all over the place."
According to Glyn's piece, that's what they biometrics are supposed to help with. In the American SSN system, there's no way to tell if the holder is dead or alive, let alone matches an iris scan and ten fingerprints.