Comment on Buckstar, Pizza Huh, McDnoald’s Open by Seravy:
Yeah I guess trademarks are somewhat different from copyright. However people should decide what to buy from the quality of the product, not by the name written on it. Even the same company’s products are good in one country and crap in another sometimes… Trademarks…well, I think the products should be identified by the company name, and product name, like “PS2 from Sony”, or “Hamburger from McDonalds”. As long as laws don’t allow two companies of the same name, there is no problem, even if the product name is the same. Having a similar but different name is not exactly fair, but people should pay more attention when buying, that’s all. If they don’t read the name, only think, “yeah it looks like it usually does”, well then it’s their fault. I once bought a 4th edition card on ebay instead of 4 pieces of it…And it was obviously my fault, I didn’t read it, just looked “yeah this is also 4 like the other was”. So in this case the Chinese are right. I doubt there are any REAL McDonalds in China that can lose customers anyway.
Writing Sony on your product if you are not Sony should be illegal, that I agree with. Writing Sonny with “nn” is ok, however. If someone is stupid enough to buy a Sonny Ps2 instead of an original, he deserves it. This is the same as if you don’t read a contract and sign it, it’s also your fault.
As for IP laws… here is what should be done IMHO :
The information needs to be made only once, no matter whether it is a book, movie or something else. So it should be paid for only once, by the entity who needs the product to be made. In case of essential software for everyday life,like operating systems firewalls, and basic applications, governments, or something like a United Governments of the World could pay for the development. (Yeah we are far from that, but all countries are paying for such stuff anyway so it’s better for governments too.) For more specialized software, a countrywide or even worldwide union of people in that field of work could pay. For anime, music and other things in entertainment business, a county (for localised version) or worldwide (for the original (English/Japanese or where it is being made) version) union of TV channels, radios, and movie theaters could be the one paying. After it’s been made and paid for, everyone on the planet should be allowed to access it for free. In this system, if the actual work done is not good enough (bad anime, bad quality OS etc), it won’t be accepted, and paid for, unlike the current system where marketing is more important than the actual quality of products, as that makes more people buy it, quality is only secondary in most places.
Think about it…what did Microsoft make the richest company in only a few years? They made one copy of windows and sold it about a few hundred million times at least. That’s obviously not fair. If I were to make a car…I couldn’t sell it more than once.
Seravy made other comments on this post:
- Buckstar, Pizza Huh, McDnoald’s Open:
This is a great example to show us how unreasonable the entire concept of “intellectual property” is. Information is not a physical object, it cannot be treated the same way objects are. Copyright laws should be replaced by something based on an entirely different concept.
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