Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Have a Nice Day (Copyright, TM, All Rights Reserved)

Wall Mart wants to trademark the Smiley Face in the US.

Not that it's a problem for them that someone else invented the smiley face (and should therefore be shot, but not sued). They're taking him to court.

This is actually good news for me because I can't stand either Wal Mart or Smiley Faces and now they will both be centralized in one location. Now if we can just get Wal Mart to copyright the phrase: "Have a good one!" and the word "Dude" so I never have to hear them again, I'll have it made.


The Pagan Temple said...

This is an example of why I hate corporations, American ones and otherwise. This is the same kind of mindset that once endeavored to get a copyright on the human genome. It makes me yearn for the days of the Soviet Union, which, for all their abuses, did keep the capitalist greed drive in some kind of check.

Rufus said...

Mmmmaybe. But, they also kept the human trust drive in check. Not to mention the fact that they were anti-slacking off, which is a travesty in itself.

The Pagan Temple said...

Don't misunderstand me, I'm not a communist, though in some respects I do have some socialist leanings as pertains to certain issues. But no, there is certainly nothing admirable about communist rule.

By the same token, I think a lot of the American politicians during the Soviet era were far more concerned about the loss of trade than they were about the flagrant human rights abuses. After all, just look at the despots the US suported, whom we had no trouble whatsoever trading with-including China today.

The hypocrisy is mind-boggling in it's obviousess.

Rufus said...

Don't worry- I didn't think you were a communist.

I wonder if there are any countries without governance- like no man's lands. It seems like there should be an island somewhere without any of that. Of course, it would be a dangerous place to live. But, no taxes!

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