Personal Notes9/15/2000; 9:39:18 AM NoCards.com is dedicated to fighting grocery card programs as an intrusion of privacy, and is an interesting site in its own right.However, I wanted to point at an answer in their FAQ that really resonated with me:With all the pain and suffering in the world and people starving in [fill in location here], how can you justify spending your time on supermarket club cards?
Ruling Recognizes Limits to Online Rights of Trademarks
General IP Issues9/15/2000; 9:17:06 AM 'In an important decision that recognizes limits to intellectual property rights online, a federal judge earlier this week ruled that a company's well-known trademarks may be used without authorization by search engines in some programming and sales practices.'I agree with the court decision; there's nothing illegal about asking somebody about a Ford product and having them respond with why Chrysler is so much better then Ford. Just because somebody types in a trademark on a search engine does not obligate the search engine to respond with only stuff approved by the trademark holder, not even advertisements. If the search engine choses to sell advertisements based on words, even trademarks, so be it. I can't say it thrills me, but such are the realities of the Internet market.Forcing the search engines to only respond with trademark-holder approved content is a restraint on free speech.(There are practical issues too... what do you do if someone types in "Ford Chrysler compare"... if Ford buys both Ford and Chrysler, and a Ford ad is displayed, can Chrysler complain? What about international trademarks? And why do we want to turn search engines into international trademark enforcers?)Can't find a copy of the decision.
The Coming Storm
Misc.9/14/2000; 3:39:01 PM 'There's no conspiracy. Nobody has a master plan to keep us from having fun. But there is a basic and irreconcilable conflict of interest between those who see computers as user-programmable devices and those who see them solely as devices for delivering their content to their consumers. 'We have a fundamental paradigm shift on our hands, and it's going to get us into trouble. Since computers are user-programmable devices, trying to treat them like just another consumer-electronics device is a recipe for disaster.'I agree with this article, though I think there's more to it then that. Do read this, it's good stuff.
Privacy advocates write Web bug rules
Privacy from Companies
9/14/2000; 3:17:04 PM 'The Privacy Foundation, a nonprofit privacy group based in Denver, is proposing that Internet advertising companies and Web sites disclose the use of ''Web bugs'' wherever they are found online. Web bugs, or clear GIFs, are tiny images embedded in a Web page or HTML-enhanced email that transmit information to a remote computer when the page is viewed.'
Defame Game Serious in Canada
Country Watch: Canada
9/14/2000; 3:14:06 PM 'Canadian e-mailers can no longer hide behind a cloak of anonymity if reasonable grounds exist to show they've distributed defamatory statements over the Internet.'
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