You're right. I tossed sir JOHN out there to point everyone on the right direction.
What's interesting is all the widespread timidity there is about discussing this. Given the egregious, heavy-handed legal tactics JOHN employed to force everyone into rewriting the past, I'd of expected some backlash.
However, the TD article felt like pulled punches, maybe followed by skin moisturizer and a pedicure. No names were even hinted at and no mention of the Streisand Effect. It also didn't seem like Mike was having any fun with the pressure to redact.
It was was surreal and a little spooky.
Of note there has recently been other similar UK injunction on the Press. Three weeks back, names came out that were buried in a 2011 injunction. They were Wayne Rooney & Helen Wood. I don't know who they are and only mention it now because I wasn't sure which philandering UK celebrities I was looking for.
Not that I would have been looking for any dallying jackwad at all if aWeSoME cELebRItY MiND PoWEr hadn't been deployed to make UK courts to censor the press.
Drivers face a choice of either refusing consent to search and therefore increasing the likelihood of receiving a traffic summons, or giving consent to search in the hope of escaping with only a warning. Under those and other like circumstances, it is not a stretch of the imagination to assume that the individual feels compelled to consent.
The court apparently feels motorists would be happier having their rights violated than their car impounded or their traffic stop extended.
In short, the court finds itself compelled by law enforcement to craft a ruling to LEO's liking.
His Holiness, The Pope Frances; Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ and Sovereign of the Vatican City State The Roman Catholic Church 00120 Via del Pellegrino Citta del Vaticano
Re: Infringement of Trademark Rights of Virgin Media Group LTD.
Dear Pope Francis: This law firm represents Virgin Group, (“Virgin”) in connection with its intellectual property rights. Your use of “Virgin”, “Blessed Virgin”, “Virgin Mary” and other derivatives is a violation of Virgin Group’s common law trademark rights. This letter constitutes Virgin Group’s demand that you cease and desist use of the word “Virgin” in materials including but not limited to The Holy Bible, published Catechism and writings of The Saints. You should immediately forward this letter to your attorney.
Virgin Group offers Virginal Media and Transportation to consumers in Europe, the United States and other first world nations. Virgin Group has continually used “Virgin” (the “Marks”) as its brand name and in advertising campaigns throughout The Developed World. As a result of these efforts, Virgin Group’s customers, and the general public, have come to recognize Virgin Group as an established business marketing Virgin products.
Recently, Virgin Group became aware of your use of it's registered “Virgin” trademark, which can cause confusion relating to our brand name and dilute it's value. As you are undoubtedly aware, your spelling of the word “Virgin” is exactly the same as the spelling used in Virgin Group’s Marks.
Because of your use of “Virgin”, Virgin Group appointees have witnessed actual confusion in the market. The following incidents occurred on certain dates.
- Vinyl shoppers at Past Blast Records, inexplicably found themselves pleading for Heavenly Graces.
- During a transatlantic Virgin Air Flight, a pilot using the rest room was mistakenly assumed by some passengers to have been raptured. Worried passengers were seen offering prayers to the Virgin Mary, instead of CEO Richard Branson or other appropriate representatives of Virgin Group.
- Virgin Group sponsored a Popaloosa concert where a female festival-goer was spotted abstaining from alcohol, designer drugs and nudity. An investigation later determined that glancing at Virgin Media's corporate logo had caused the young lady to ponder the Virgin Mary, instead of Virgin Media related products.
- At this year's SXSW event, attendance was down at the Virgin Group sound-stage, even though the selection of anointed musicians was indistinguishable from other years. A Virgin Group funded audit found consumers confused by your use of our trademark “Virgin”.
Virgin Group has powers granted within Investor State Settlement agreements to enforce its legal rights. You can avoid legal action by immediately ceasing and desisting from any and all use of the terms “Virgin”, “Blessed Virgin” and “Virgin Mary”. Additionally, you must execute a copy of this letter and send it to this firm within seven (7) days of the receipt of this letter.
I recommend you consult with an attorney or higher authority before taking any action. If you or your attorney have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Sarah Dale Norvell IP LLC Intellectual Property Attorneys Offices: Northfield & Chicago
CC: Client 1 The Honourable Sir Richard Branson, Consecrated Sovereign of Virgin Group Holdings LTD
I, Pope Francis personally and on behalf of The Roman Catholic Church, agree to immediately cease and desist from any and all further use of “Virgin”, “Blessed Virgin” and “Virgin Mary”. In the event this agreement is breached by me or The Roman Catholic Church, Virgin Group shall be entitled to costs, attorney’s fees, and collection costs related to any claims and/or action brought to enforce this agreement and shall be free to pursue the forfeiture of all assets, property and membership of the Roman Catholic Church within the Holy See and other first world countries. I certify that I have the authority to enter into this agreement on behalf of The Roman Catholic Church.
Both individually and on behalf of The Roman Catholic Church.
I've been part of online communities and get how it is to be integrated. That's why I haven't just powered it down.
Your advice is sound except for one thing - the average age of MC players is around 0. My staff range from 11 to 15 and some of them are pretty sharp. However, the few that wouldn't turn it into Lord of the Flies just don't have the means to host it (and maybe not the time).
re: "All that said, there are a ton of legitimate reasons to use a VPN or storage locker."
Most VPNs are in use by businesses and are critical to their operations. They're necessary to extend office networks : between different locations : to remote and mobile users : to customers and vendors who buy/sell/utilize data services.
In the US, VPNs are required by the Federal government for any number of services including Medicaid/Medicare billing and fulfilling government contracts. I'd bet Australia's government does something similar.
However, the copyright industry is more than willing to cause irreparable harm by crippling communications across industries everywhere. And for Big Copyright's purchased legislators, billions in productivity loss seems to be an acceptable price to protect millions in copyright revenue.