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[News] Greed for Intellectual Monopolies Destroys Woman's Career (Susan Jeffers)

  • Subject: [News] Greed for Intellectual Monopolies Destroys Woman's Career (Susan Jeffers)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 01 May 2009 22:16:34 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Get Overly Aggressive With Your Trademark... And Watch Your Reputation Fall

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| So, once again, it's a case where being overly aggressive on trademark is 
| doing significant harm to business prospects.  
| Imagine, instead, if Susan Jeffers, rather than having her lawyer send a 
| letter demanding credit, had simply emailed the author of the original blog 
| post and said "Hey, this is a great blog post, and I've written this book you 
| might be interested in, which even uses that same phrase you mentioned, 'feel 
| the fear and do it anyway.' I'm sure you'd like the book, so let me send you 
| a copy. Thanks!" Think what might have happened?     


The Sad Intellectual Monopolist's Viewpoint

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| [O]bviously nothing could be further from the truth. Copyright, as presently 
| constituted, is *precisely* about locking up content in inert packages, and 
| forbidding others to do anything with it except gaze respectfully on the 
| containers. The Publishers Association seems to believe that making 
| content “available” means printing it on dead trees; as Lessig describes in 
| his fine book, content – creation – is actually something hugely richer and 
| more alive than that sadly limited intellectual monopolist's viewpoint.      



Trademark Insanity

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| It's bad enough that we have to deal with struggles over the use of
| trademarks that have become generic terms, like "Xerox" and "Coke", and
| trademarks that were already generic terms among specialists, such
| as "Windows", but a new low in trademarking has been reached by the joint
| efforts of Dell and the US Patent and Trademark Office. Cyndy Aleo-Carreira
| reports that Dell has applied for a trademark on the term "cloud computing".
| The opposition period has already passed and a notice of allowance has been
| issued. That means that it is very likely that the application will soon
| receive final approval.
| [...]
| In other words, this is a pure example of theft from the public domain.
| Speakers of English have a term, "cloud computing", which the US government
| is on the verge of privatizing and assigning exclusively to Dell. Other
| companies providing similar services will not be able to describe what they
| are doing as "cloud computing" anymore than Nike will be able to describe its
| shoes as Reeboks.

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