"The company has been planning "gay days" events for 25 years and has held the trademark for around seven years, he said. Gay Days Anaheim predates the trademark so is allowed to use the name without a license, he said."
Filing Date May 18, 2011 Current Basis 1A Original Filing Basis 1A Published for Opposition January 10, 2012 Registration Number 4117601 Registration Date March 27, 2012
2012 + 7 = 2019 Did I fall into a coma?
FIRST USE: 19970403. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19970403
I wish I could be shocked by this, but IP matters are no longer shocking.
"people that care about the law, and not letting a corporation decide how an entire country is run"
You mean like the **AA proposals that were to subject everyone to random checks having to prove content on their devices was authorized by them? You mean like the public domain gutted by years of lobbying and cash stripping any benefit from the largest stakeholder the public? You mean like groups buying special access to laws and its enforcement to support their business model form the 1950s that they refuse to adapt while demanding veto power over innovation because it MIGHT somehow hurt them?
Yeah, I'll take Googles evil over that anyday. As far as I know Google hasn't bought off an AG to investigate the thorns in its side.
but the penalties are meaningless when they can remove them from people deemed worthy of not facing punishment. In this case they screwed over a mans life for 2 years based on a lie repeated by officers of the court. Those cops should be arrested, the fact they have not calls into question any case they touch from now on. The lawyers should be punished, they LIED in legal documents... how can any court trust a single thing they say? Whats worse is without any punishment for these crimes, they feel empowered to do them again and again.
When the law turns a blind eye to wrong doing by a party who is given a pass because they are special, the law is meaningless. The fact that Google has to pay a shit ton of money and develop & fund entire systems to deal with bogus complaints is the tip of an iceberg about how the system is being abused by those who were deemed special enough to not need to be honest. The system is supposed to be fair, and yet it is setup to be as unfair as possible giving a pass to those who are supposed know better but did it anyways.
All that is missing is a chart showing how little of a bump in "contributions" it took to make them keep this farce going.
Much like the terrorism battle cry, slapping Obama on everything is losing its cache. One can only hope that we grow weary enough of the politics of fear that they get swept out and replaced with representatives of the people not just the corporate people.
If everyone else has to be burdened to support your business, your model SUCKS.
Perhaps rather than just declaring them evil, look at why consumers use them and figure out how to make them unneeded.
More hurdles are a bad thing for the bottom line, as people will find a path that is easier to use. How screwed up is what you are doing when people are willing to jump through tons of hoops to still use the "legal" services... and you don't think they will get fed up and take another shortcut? Maybe do less blow at the next board meeting because you have got to be high.
Artificial barriers have had a shitty run, save the money you spend trying to erect yet another one and put it into making the path smoother.
So accusations are facts. Imagining laws make them real.
Gee, still can't figure out why people have lost faith in the legal system in this country. Show them video of a cop shooting someone who is cuffed, no wrongdoing. Make claims not supported by actual law, OMG TAKE ALL THE THINGS!
Remember back when you were innocent until proven guilty, and they actually have to prove it not just say it?
And perhaps it is well past time we stop accepting the 'ZOMG TERRORISTS WILL WIN' arguments to keep these things going and admit this has gone to damn far and needs to be undone & given much stronger limitations moving forward.
Doing it this way has provided very little benefit beyond soundbites with no reality to back up the claims, and it has cost far to much money & credibility.
What if the unicorn was real, and everything they have done has lead to to have precognition of all bad acts... but to protect the secrets & programs they still let them happen.
Sounds silly? What about the cases where they let "criminals" go rather than answer about stingrays. Or where they were unable to do parallel construction to make it believable they happened on the plot & didn't find it using a secret program.
Or perhaps they can not find the needle in the ever larger haystacks they create, & we need leaders to take a stand against blindly following the repeating pattern that isn't working.
If only there was a department created to deal with making sure justice was... oh...
Seriously, we need to demand that Congress stop just throwing money into the pit and ignoring the obviously serious problems in "their" house.
These are the people who are the first to say if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear, yet they are doing everything (and then some) possible to hide stuff. Americans have lost faith in the government (and even many of the people who put all of their blind faith behind them are starting to ask WTF).
It is high time that they start doing what is required or start removing those who block it from happening. Refusal to do your job is grounds from firing for every other job (outside of Congress) in the country... start taking heads and remind them they can & will be held accountable.