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  • Jan 19, 2011 @ 02:09pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You say that like Zynga invented "ville" as a suffix, though. How can they honestly try to hold claim to exclusivity on a TM that is a suffix used in many parts of the world?

    FarmVille (CityVille, etc.) REPRESENT groups of users acting together to create a "village" atmosphere, hence the ville. As such, they're trying to trademark what... a village?

    You wouldn't say that Nashville, Knoxville, Louisville, and so on have the rights to sue Zynga for digital representations of cities even though they used the names WELL BEFORE 2004. What about papers that wrote about Hoovervilles in the great depression? You wouldn't say that they should be able to sue Zynga.

    They have the TM to their game names, sure, but the suffix they use is a common Latin derived suffix that has been used the world over. Suing based on that is just plain stupid.

  • Aug 27, 2010 @ 02:18pm

    I'm actually pretty saddened by this, I've always been a fan of Paul Allen, what he's done for computers/the world, and as a northwest resident what he's done for our area. Further more we're both former Cougs (WSU), so its sad to see him go out this route.

    This is one case I'm going to let play out before I jump on the screw Paul Allen bandwagon because I've been a fan of his past work... but I am majorly sad to see this popping up today.

  • Sep 23, 2009 @ 11:17am

    Dear Lord

    I fail to see how Joe-Police-Department has ANY jurisdiction over anything online... let alone how ANY government agency would. They don't own the internet.

    Secondly, this is happening quite often lately and its really, REALLY disturbing. A small town council member was recently on a talk radio show out here in Seattle because he demanded a local newspaper give him the email address of a commenter on their website... and the newspaper did. The council member then sent an email directly to that poster demanding he recall his information.

    I'm pretty sure government stifling speech is UNCONSTITUTIONAL but our country stopped caring years ago. This is getting outrageous. I don't care if some guy from a Texas police department disagrees with it but going after a citizen for a constitutionally protected right should be punishable by death.

  • Aug 07, 2009 @ 12:11am

    Call me what you will but...

    I lost all my Facebook is best momentum the moment they opened it to the general public. It went from an awesome way to stay in touch with my college bound friends that had the same interests/troubles/etc. I had at the same time to the same MySpace spam fest I had already seen.

    Not that every one of my non-college former contacts was an idiot or internet moron, but seriously it was bad enough with them, let alone my parents.

    We need a new internet.

  • Aug 04, 2009 @ 07:10pm


    Sensationalistic Headline is Sensationalistic.

    I read a lot of stuff on here but starting a story with "OFMG ITS DEAD I TOLD YOU SUCKERS" and following it with "Its not really dead its just that some things have changed and/or we've made progress" is pretty poor taste in journalism.

    Just saying. I might carry my laptop around now though if I dont have to keep buying Starbucks gift cards to get online.

  • Apr 02, 2009 @ 03:56pm

    Just like Second Life... it still baffles me why people care about Twitter.

    Spam you sign actively seek and sign up for... what a concept!

  • Mar 27, 2009 @ 04:34pm

    Re: Weird Harold

    Sorry, Twitter was never relevant.

  • Mar 26, 2009 @ 03:09pm

    Re: end of the world

    What happens when two street view vans pass each other going in opposite directs?

  • Feb 19, 2009 @ 02:00pm

    Finally Someone that Gets It

    I enjoy that he mentioned "continued" value as opposed to just value. It sickens me to see games announcing their first pay-for downloadable content packages THE DAY BEFORE THE GAME EVEN SHIPS (COUGH CAPCOM COUGH).

    Or other games that ship for $60 and have content to download at a pay-for level on day one. This is disgusting. Add to that most companies failing to ship stable products from the factory and you've got all around a giant mess that leads to more piracy.

    Valve wins again, Scout update next week; holla!

  • Feb 19, 2009 @ 01:31pm


    I think we should be more worried that Obama is off to a great start with nominees that know nothing about their jobs, rather than a little political chumming.

  • Feb 12, 2009 @ 12:54am

    Washington State

    I can not WAIT to leave this hell hole of a nanny state and start my own business only a few miles over the border. It'll be sweet throwing all this awesome taxed income to another government and watching Gregoire run up billions more in debt.

    God, do I ever hate this state.

  • Jan 22, 2009 @ 04:04pm






    How is this even news anymore, we were well aware years ago kids will blame whatever they can to cover up teenage angst and being all around emo. I'm sure bad parenting fits in here somewhere too.

  • Jan 14, 2009 @ 03:02pm

    For a lot of things they wouldn't even be able to collect from players. For instance, in World of Warcraft a player owns NONE of his virtual goods, characters, equipment, gold, memories, friends, etc. because Blizzard specifically states in the EULA and the ToU that they retain ownership of everything.

  • Jan 14, 2009 @ 02:58pm

    You can't blame YouTube for any of this, you CAN blame the record hounds that have chewed down to the bone to the point where YouTube has no real options left. It may be stupid to remove the sound, but Techdirt writers aren't facing millions in potential lawsuits for stuff that other people do on a day to day basis.

    As for the Guitar Lesson scenario, at least most bands and record executives have realized that going after those teaching people to play is a little over the top. I mean even Lars Ulrich made a video saying how awesome it was that some little kid was playing the solo to One on YouTube (In basketball we call this a make up call, in real life we just point out that Ulrich was a jackass in the first place).

  • Dec 30, 2008 @ 03:43pm


    Facebook gets to set their own rules, its their site. It is NOT public in the sense that everyone can come use it to do whatever it is they wish.

    If Facebook chooses to take photos down, they have that right. Unless these breastfeeding mothers own Facebook they have no reason to complain. AND WE ALL KNOW THAT WOMEN THAT GET PREGNANT CANT BE CEOS OR VALUED MEMBERS OF THE WORKFORCE CUZ THEY BE TAKIN ALL THAT TIME OFF ROFL AMIRITE?!

  • Dec 05, 2008 @ 01:24am

    Perhaps its just the area I live in...

    but our stations have been all over the internet for years here. Then again, I grew up in the Puget Sound area just south of Seattle/Redmond/Kirkland, etc.

    Each station out here has been hard pressing on the internet since as long as I can remember. Perhaps its different elsewhere.

  • Nov 19, 2008 @ 06:29pm

    Re: Re: (off topic)

    Off Topic: What do you mean it has nothing to do with them? If you subscribe to all that Christian mumbo-jumbo, the definition of marriage has a lot do with you, and others committing blasphemies against your religion.

    Separation of church and state died the day marriage was granted special rights and required money to enter one. Also, the will of the people as whole is a little thing called democracy. So, again, it has a lot to do with everyone.

    On Topic: Thank god Kentucky is at least looking into this again.

  • Nov 07, 2008 @ 11:23am

    Re: Re: J. Cormier

    J, if someone were to beat another person to death with a Samsung phone or monitor, should the company be held responsible?

    If it was not for them, the instrument of death would have never existed, and I'm fairly certain an old CRT could do plenty of damage. Even if it wasn't "original intent," most weapons aren't manufactured with preemptive strikes in mind, more self defense.

  • Nov 07, 2008 @ 11:20am

    This right here...

    is why the global economy and multiculturalism is doomed to fail. If it is even possible to have a court demand these executives show up, then it is going to end up (one day) our internet vs. their internet.

  • Oct 30, 2008 @ 03:40pm

    Re: I'm disappointed w/ Nesson

    Do you really think that the same legal system that pays a criminal for cutting himself while stealing a radio cares about brief syntax? Seriously, the case matters, not what some blogger thinks about diction.

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