Just how would Techdirt protect itself from the so called inventor of email if such a law existed?
That is the opposite problem. The inventor of Email is going out of his way to make sure nobody forgets he invented Email. Whatever his relationship is with email is something that the courts have to determine. Unfortunately, that will happen on techdirt's dime.
It is a little bit ironic that Canada finally found the will to stand up for themselves by citing their subservience to their obligations under NAFTA. Reuters is reporting today that the Trump administration is close to taking the first step towards renegotiating NAFTA.
On the plus side this is a nice demonstration of the lie that a "firewall" can easily be placed between the news and the rest of a media organization. It has always been amusing to hear media organizations say that the editorial staff is behind a firewall when discussing potential sources of bias. Every time I hear some spokesperson talk about a firewall I keep getting a picture of Inigo Montoya repeating his famous line about the misuse of that word.
Every time I think about purchasing a Nintendo product they find a way to remind me why I should not. Perhaps I should let them borrow my money while I borrow one of their shinies? Surely they would be happy to let me add restrictions on what they do with my money?
This guy cut his teeth in a traveling revue playing on the road. He moved from playing small events to big time concerts. All of the issues he brought up have nothing to do with the internet. You can replace "internet" with any other venue. The problems he brings up are exactly the same whether or not it is a bunch of local bands playing down on the corner bar, big name productions at a nearby city's stadium, or some nebulous internet people.
Then he explicitly says the problem is not technology it is the business models. If that is the case change the business model. The world does not owe him a chance to play in his studio. The world wants to see him on stage playing. It is not up to the government to provide a way for him to create a monopoly and force people to listen and pay for his music the way he wants it. It is a two way street, and he needs to listen to his fans. Both the fans and the artists need to adapt. Rigidly clinging to a way for him to control his fans will only result in him watching them walk away regardless of the technology.
As for his disdain for the mega corporations getting fat off the backs of the poor artists, he is right that it is a problem. Trying to go back to a time where it was his buddies in the recording industry who were taking advantage of the artists is just a quest to go backwards to a time that is not so different than the present dystopia he insists we are living in. (We are not.)
As for bemoaning the idea that the internet is turning into a corporate playground designed to take people's money away.... Sorry, but that happened 20 years ago. That train left the station a long long time ago. When T-bone Rip Van Winkle wakes up and realizes that it is 2017 he is going to be surprised.
Since you seem to be new here you may want to go back and read through some of the older articles. Techdirt has always been political. The writers here have always written about court challenges, legal issues, and government practices. In fact a large number of articles have focused on the practices of the executive branch and have generally been unflattering to all presidents. So, yeah, it has been quite political and relatively consistent in pushing for openness, accountability, and strict interpretation of the law.
I have not always liked or agreed with what has been written but have respected the thought and attention given the majority of articles here. Really, you do not have to be that forthright to appreciate a differing opinion.
If you do not like what was said then feel free to loosen up the ole brain cells and form a rebuttal. Otherwise you are still welcome to just complain and moan that the site is *still* political. Just do not be surprised if folks do not take you seriously.
On the up side this just gave every student in a programming class a way out of completing their assignment. Instead of saying, "the dog ate my code," now students can say, "I wrote the code, but I cannot distribute it since it is under copyright."
and the school is super into intellectual property protection.
The Bayh-Dole act has had a corrosive effect on higher education. A publicly supported school has no business acting so aggressively to take sole possession of any idea. The idea that this is about football in Texas seems to have overshadowed the larger implications about how public institutions are supposed to serve their constituents.
Disclaimer: Sadly, my own institution is not without sin on this, and this is a nationwide problem.
It is not about switching messages. It is about gas lighting. The idea is to take away the opportunity for competition and then claim the competition already exists. So it is not necessary to help create competition since it already exists. Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?
The first step in serial abuse is to convince the person how good things are for them.
A disparaging term would have to be a common term, by definition, to be classified as a disparaging term. Otherwise nobody would know what it means, and the term would not be disparaging. If that is the case then the trademark application should carry the extra burden placed on applications that involve common terms. The term in question would have to take on a secondary meaning in order to qualify for trademark protection. Once the term takes on the secondary meaning then it is not necessarily a disparaging term.
Either that or India will resurrect the movement of non-aligned nations but do so with trade in mind. India is the proverbial elephant in the room and can shift the balance whichever way they move. Given their prime minister's nationalism and ambitions India may just decide to go its own way.
It would be better for them to go after Toyota. From what I can gather from the evening nooos, those folks are doing some crazy things with their Toyota vehicles. Those things have killed a fairly good number of people and need to be stopped.