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  • Mar 20th, 2017 @ 9:58am

    We wouldn't have all these problems if it weren't for...

    ...those meddling kids and their darn dog!

    If not for them, we would have gotten away with it!

  • Mar 13th, 2017 @ 1:34pm

    Not unusual

    Trump's Whitehouse gave orders that nobody was supposed to communicate without them signing off on the content. This was, I suspect, primarily directed toward the EPA over climate change, but unless I'm mistaken the presidential order was to all executive branch offices, which meant PTO had it's hands tied, it couldn't update it's website or respond to questions without approval.

    And I suspect the PTO was a very low priority for the WH, so thus it took them over a month to 'OK' telling the truth to everyone. *shrug*

  • Mar 13th, 2017 @ 8:19am

    I think you need a new department...

    ...called Senators-say-the-stupidest-things.

  • Mar 7th, 2017 @ 11:02am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: A call out

    No, the SCOTUS can do a lot, but violate the law isn't one of them. They have to follow the process, because if they don't, then the courts under them can ignore it as well.

    If you want to know what that is like, look no further than the CAFC and how screwed up Patents are now thanks to them ignoring SCOTUS precedent for 20 years.

  • Mar 7th, 2017 @ 10:36am

    Re: Re: Re: A call out

    Try reading the article.

    Constitutionality was not raised at the lower court, only at the appeal, and therefore was barred. So the SCOTUS could not rule on the constitutionality, which is why this seems like a 'please raise this in future' request.

  • Mar 7th, 2017 @ 9:52am

    A call out

    I'm not an expert on the SCOTUS, however, from what I do know, it's unusual for a Justice to comment like this unless it's something that the SCOTUS (more than just one Justice) is concerned about. It's also usually a 'please bring this up in the future so we can rule on it' request.

  • Dec 19th, 2016 @ 6:05pm

    Benefit of the Doubt

    Honestly, if I were Jaegermeister, I'd probably file the paperwork as well. As much of a pain as it is, we've had too many stories lately of judges making idiotic rulings to ignore it. Remember, this is a German company, and Germany just made the Internet Illegal in a recent ruling on linking. (And don't get me started on the idiocy of API's having copyright that is the CAFC.) Given things like that, you can't really blame them for erring on the side of assumption of judicial stupidity.

  • Dec 19th, 2016 @ 11:17am

    Internet to shortly become unusable in the EU

    Any website hosted in the EU will have to remove all links, to avoid this, and put up a disclaimer on why. Any international company with business offices in the EU will have to institute a special check on their websites, and remove all hyperlinks if the destination is an IP address in the EU.

    Also, if I were an EU based ISP, I'd start looking into stripping out hyperlinks, as the next obvious Dallas target is the ISP's for sites outside the EU, after all, the ISP is delivering the content.

    Once it hits a critical mass, the Internet will become unusable in the EU, and enough citizens (and more importantly to politicians, moneyed companies) will be ticked off that this will get fixed. But only when the economic impact hits home and everyone moves their websites and offices outside the EU, lowering the economy further first. Much as Spain's Google Taxes got trashed quickly.

  • Nov 16th, 2016 @ 11:27am

    (untitled comment)

    Original tweet was :

    T hat's a bit different than how he later paraphrased it. It's still protected speech, but it's a lot more dicey than he's playing now. Either way though, without something more to go on, the cops had no probable cause just based on tweets. They would have had to have some witnesses saying he said something else in person from the campus. Would not surprise me if they did though. I'm amazed at how 'eye witnesses' hear and see what they want, not what was actually said or done.

    The most likely chain of events is he said something inflamatory, someone else heard what they thought was a threat, repeated it in more dramatic (and dangerous) words to the cops, the cops then decided that they didn't like his tone in tweets and went with it, despite the eye witness likely having mis-remembered what was said (I have two uncles who were cops, they said the only thing more unreliable than an eye witness was a con man).

  • Nov 9th, 2016 @ 3:39pm

    Statewide Referendum

    I wonder if it might be worth it, in states that have constitutions that allow it, to start trying to get referendums on the elections to vote to repeal these lobby written laws?

  • Oct 17th, 2016 @ 6:40am

    Re: Voice support for anyone but those in charge? Oh you better believe that's a crime.

    Hey, it's refreshing to see some honesty for a change.

    And on the bright side, the civil lawsuit against them will be a breeze to win.

  • Oct 13th, 2016 @ 6:54am

    Re: Taking my Ball and Going Home

    The same logic that a 5yo has when he takes his ball and goes home to sulk. Nobody is playing ball unless they play ball the way he wants to play ball.

    NATO feels that if people don't want to watch movies the way they want them to, then nobody should watch movies at all. And people will be really sad when they are gone! They'll appreciate them then!

  • Oct 13th, 2016 @ 6:39am

    Creating an experience to leave the house for... something the big chain theatres don't understand.

    They refuse to kick paying customers out for misbehaving. Phones out texting, talking, disrupting the movie, no problem. The only time they kick anyone out is if they take bad video of the movie on their phone.

    There's a local chain in Texas called Alamo Drafthouse (Google it). They offer very comfortable seats, food and drink, alcahol, showings with no kids allowed so adults can enjoy the movie (showings with kids allowed for families), and will absolutely throw people out if they talk or text during the movie (and no refunds!). Actual commercial by Alamo playing a voice message left by someone they kicked out of the theatre. Warning : Crude language and cursing.

  • Sep 21st, 2016 @ 10:27am

    Ha... ha... haha... hahahahahaha

    At the very least, it does seem like Lenovo has some questions to answer -- and one hopes that the company will be more forthright and honest than it was back during the Superfish episode when it basically lied through its teeth until it couldn't lie any more.

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    Oh wow, I love the humor here on Techdirt... god I needed that laugh...

  • Sep 2nd, 2016 @ 1:28pm

    Re: Re: Not so cut and dried

    It is a case of trademark dilution. The college works with a lot of local businesses to license official school endorsed things, including t-shirts, artwork, and even food. The owner took the school emblems and other registered trademarks and used them.

    I have no issue with her selling donuts, even hook'em horn shaped donuts, but you don't get to ride on the coat-tails by putting up school logos over them and pretending like you're officially associated with the school.

    Can't we have some balance? We all get angry when Big Business acts in an unreasonable manner, and rightly so. We should also get angry when Small Business acts unreasonably too.

  • Sep 2nd, 2016 @ 1:26pm

    Re: Re: Not so cut and dried

    So... you are saying that it's perfectly fine to take the team emblem, put it up in your shop, over the donuts in question, and say 'Buy these donuts'? Implying that they are associated with the school?

    I am far from an IP maximalist, but, there IS such a thing as brand. I would be just as against someone taking the Apple logo, slapping it on donuts, and saying 'Buy these Apple Company Donuts'. Or a USMC logo, or any other official trademark that they did not license.

  • Sep 2nd, 2016 @ 6:16am

    Not so cut and dried

    I agree they shouldn't have gotten a trademark on the fingers, it's a thousand year old gesture.

    However, the donut shop WAS using the team to sell donuts. They used the teams name, the phrase, and at one point, per the local news, even had team logos up on the donuts. This is not a local donut shop having some hand shaped donuts and getting sued for it, this is the shop using the local team's logos and name and trademarked phrases, and having a donut shaped hand.

    The shop owner took down all the team logos and renamed the donuts. Honestly this seems less like bullying and more like 'Quit using our team logos and trademarked phrases to sell your donuts without going through the licensing to use our name'. I got no problem with the team not wanting her to use their name to sell donuts without getting a share.

    The trademark on the hand symbol is stupid though.

  • Aug 31st, 2016 @ 2:16pm

    Re: Re: Told

    I think the original commentor means that St. Jude has a history of ignoring notifications of security issues, and therefore, that St. Jude deserves whatever the hell happens to them.

  • Aug 17th, 2016 @ 6:29am

    In a Perfect World

    This would be litigated for a decade, taking 4 or 5 years at the district level, then two years for an appeal, then the supreme court would get involved.

    After 10 years, the Supreme court would remand it back to the circuit court, who'd then take a few months, and remand it back to the district court.

    The district court would then spend two years retrying it.

    The appeal would then go to the circuit, then to the supremem court, who'd finally dismiss the case with prejudice. Then the court would remand back to the circuit as to whether both sides should be sanctioned for conduct in the case and wasting the courts time. Also considered would be sanctions against the lawyers for failing to perform their duty to their clients.

    This would then wend it's way through the courts for a decade, ending up with both companies being fined another 100 million for wasting the courts time on frivolous lawsuits. The lawyers on both sides would be sanctioned for the entireity of their ill-gotten gains, and be referred to the BAR for disciplinary action, and eventually disbarred.

    The final result being to have spent hundreds of millions on each side to litigate this case, the lawyers ending up disbarred and unenriched, and the windfall going to the court to pay for additional judges to work on the backlog created by stupid lawsuits like this one.

  • Aug 6th, 2016 @ 5:01pm

    Re: Re: Re: Not Reading Article

    Yep, I read it.

    Not sure how the judge commenting on dictionary meanings takes away from the fact that how many idiots on the internet can confuse things because they can't be bothered to read the @$#*($#&* dictionary has anything to do with the fact the case has nothing to do with that and everything to do with with how potential customers might be confused (Giant Hint : They won't be).

    Also not sure what it has to do with you not comprehending the difference...

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