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  • May 26th, 2016 @ 12:27am

    Re: A good thing to be sure, but to who?

    It's a lot more difficult to lie to someone if they have evidence that contradicts what you're saying after all.
    And it's even harder to get away with lying to someone, when they know you have the evidence that contradicts what you're saying. I think that's Congress' biggest fear, in making CRS reports public. It means they have to own all of that information, instead of just picking and choosing the facts that they find convenient.

  • Nov 27th, 2014 @ 2:18am

    Re:

    If DiamondWare were "foolish" enough to let dw.com expire (foolish from a business perspective, since a two-letter domain obviously became a hot, and valuable, commodity) once it was "no longer needed", then Deutsche Welle could have swooped in and registered it without it costing them squat. (Well, other than whatever their registrar charged in registration fee, so like €10 maybe?) If they were that anxious to get control of the domain, I'm sure they were tracking the expiration date and poised to pounce the moment DiamondWare's registration lapsed.

    Same thing if DiamondWare let dw.com lie fallow, in fact, since one of the requirements for holding a domain registration is some form of use. (Or it was, back then — I haven't kept up with the rules.) Even a single-page placeholder website is sufficient, but if there were no servers reachable under the dw.com domain at all then Deutsche Welle could've applied to have the registration forfeited and turned over to them. Again, minimal cost.

    Obviously, the "smart" move for DiamondWare's new parent would've been to dangle in it front of DW and find out just how much it was worth to them.

  • Nov 27th, 2014 @ 1:54am

    Re: Re:

    Billy Joel's name (well, actually, the "logo" of his name) is trademarked in several categories of use — he sells recorded music, posters and other printed materials, and performs on stage as Billy Joel™. He set that up many years ago, in fact, long before most artists were giving any thought to such matters. (There's some contractual drama dating back to early in his career that's probably the reason behind it.)

    But it's set up in just that way, very specifically trademarking the "typed drawing" (logo) in specific uses, presumably to make it legally enforcable. An attempt to trademark just his name itself, or to control things like domain registrations that simply use the letters "billyjoel", would stand a much better chance of getting invalidated by a court if he ever tried to protect it.

    Which is why Keith Urban was SOL. The best you can hope for in those situations is that if you wave enough money at the holder, they might be convinced to sell you the domain.

    Ref: Billy Joel is a registered TradeMark - Straight Dope Message Board

  • Nov 27th, 2014 @ 12:53am

    Re: This comment will probably be a lightning rod, but...

    I'm 100% with you as far as this being an actual scandal, as opposed to the other total-crap "scandal". But perhaps — just in the interest of making it a bit less of a third rail — we can call this #PublisherGate?

    I don't think the world needs any "real" #GamerGate, that hashtag is irreversibly tainted.

  • Jun 10th, 2014 @ 6:52am

    Re: This is a sterling example of ad-hockery

    Ad-hockery is a term that I contributed to the Hacker's Dictionary 25-ish years ago.

    I'm not sure it even rises to that level. In this instance, and especially with Warwick involved, feels more like "sad-hokery".