The first company populated by upstanding white New Zealanders with intellectual property lawyers to sell gulab jamun or bal mithai under those names gets their name. Forever.
Could you just confirm that spelling for me please? Just want to make sure I get the details right in my trade mark application.
I am also outraged by this story.
But primarily because you used the term "trademark", rather than the correct term "trade mark".
Luckily I already have my coat in hand and am already halfway to the door.
I don't understand. Why is a draft that no-one actually signed important?
The fact that you find it strange how someone could be legally bound by something they never saw, never signed and in any case couldn’t read just goes to show how much damage the Maori radicals have done to this country.
My question would be this: Which version of the Treaty of Waitangi are you relying upon when trying to justify your "one law for all" policy? The one in Maori that most chiefs signed, or the English one? And did you also bother to read Articles I and II of the Treaty?
Okay, so that's technically three questions...
NetHui was a great event and was very interactive and friendly. I was pleasantly surprised by how few copyright “abolitionists” there were, and was delighted to learn that the opening ceremony to this internet conference didn’t involve a bonfire and all the IP lawyers on it.
Lessig’s talk was dynamic and provocative, and it was hard to disagree with too much of it. My only worry is that we don’t seem to be getting much closer to a solution to the copyright “problem” (am choosing words carefully, lest another copyright flamewar is ignited).
The other highlight for me was Bill English’s speech. He was actually engaged, gave intelligent answers to questions, and seemed to care what the audience thought. Maybe it was all an act, but at least he was trying.
Unlike his colleague Steven Joyce, who turned up late because he thought doing a photo-op with a school was more important, and who didn’t seem to think keeping 400 people waiting was a big deal. Joyce proceeded to give a speech that fell utterly flat, and managed to piss off most of the audience by refusing to answer questions he didn’t like. I can’t believe some people talk about Joyce as a future National Party leader. He was arrogant and contemptuous of the audience.
Chris Finlayson was little better. He didn’t want to talk about copyright and seemed more interested in giving clever answers than in being insightful.
The best thing about the entire conference was the level and civility of the debate. Topics that usually descend into flamewars when discussed online were debated politely and intelligently.
For me the decision on whether to attend went something like: "Lessig's talking? Stand aside or lose a limb!"
That is a big reason for my going. That and I get three days out of the office to meet loads of interesting people and still get to claim it is work-related.
I'm in the Davis camp and am hopeful he'll win, and even knocked on a few doors for him, but nobody really knows what will happen tomorrow.
Graeme, a question you will no doubt be able to answer is this. Will you have to turn comments to this thread off at midnight?
Trevor Mallard's Red Alert posts have become increasingly bizarre. On the positive side, he was earlier this week giving away free copies of the documentary The Hollow Men on DVD. I managed to bag one.
I'd link to his post but Blogger is having a sulk
F**king Friday the 13th!
As you were.