Re: More "Trademark" issues OFF TOPIC REPLY
- From: "Dan Merkel" <dmerkel@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 12:24:09 -0400
>>>>> Off topic reply <<<<<
Sounds like yours is to continue to allow people burned with hot coffee to
sue McDonalds. But keep in mind that you are paying for that. If that's
where you want your money to go, so be it.
Let's face it... UP owns their trade marks. While we as modelers may not
like what they do with them, they own them. They can do with them as they
please. And if Boeing wants to lay claim to the design of the B-17, they
paid for that too. That doesn't make any difference that the money was from
taxpayers or anyone else. Does something that you pay for actually belong
to your employer becasue that's where the money ORIGINALLY came from?
I wonder what is going to happen if locomotive builders, car builders,
contractors (who build prototype buildings) and others decide that they want
to exercise their rights of ownership. All of the models we enjoy will
eventually go away. Perhaps USSteel wants to protect their rail designs...
we will all be running our trains on wooden tracks!
That still doesn't excuse our overly litigous society. Socialism has slowly
reshaped our opinion to the point that we now feel that someone does indeed
owe us something. We have heard so much about the "winners of life's
lottery" that we now as a society have accePted that. If McDonalds has more
money than we do, we can take that away from them if we burn ourselves on
their hot coffee. If our doctor has more money than we do, we can take it
away from him if he makes a mistake (God forbid that WE would make one).
Nothing else matters other than how much money he has. And we are all
paying for that today. One of my doctors told me that about half of what he
charges goes to either malpractice insurance or "defensive medicine."
In the late 1940's, there was a pottery in Scio, Ohio. Most of the people
in town worked there or worked for companies that did business with the
pottery. It burned to the ground one day. The owner was devastated, but he
went to work the next day to see a truly wonderful thing. The people turned
out in mass to clean up the mess and rebuild the pottery. Contrast that to
today when we have people down in the recently devastated areas of our
nation complaining because "someone else" hasn't acted soon enough. How
many frivilous lawsuits will those events bring about?
Life involves risk. If you don't want to take risk, sit at home in your
recliner but don't blame the recliner company for your poor health due to
lack of exercise. But if you decide to get out in your car, realize that
you have increased your level of risk and accept it. It's not the car
manufacturer's fault if you have an accident. If you walk in front of my
house in the dead of winter, realize that there is a chance of ice no matter
how dilligently I clean my sidewalks. If you choose to fly, the risk is
higher... accept it or stay on the ground. Etc, etc...
So, you can blame it on whomever you want, be it the insurance companies,
the pharmaceuticals, hospitals or anyone else. When it gets right down to
it though, you and similar minded people are pushing the prices up... and we
are all paying for it. Such a system as I propose wouldn't keep anyone out
of the courst other than those who knew deep down inside that they had
absolutely no legal standing whatsoever.
"Steve Caple" <stevecaple@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> On Thu, 29 Sep 2005 00:51:52 -0700, cat wrote:
>> On Wed, 28 Sep 2005 19:35:51 -0700, Steve Caple
>> <stevecaple@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>Let's see, do you work for an insurance company, or a pharmaceutical
>>>company? Tort reform as the unwashed Rotarian Republican Libertarian
>>>masses propose it leaves people no way to combat overwhelming corporate
>>>greed, power and arrogance. If you really want to eliminate people suing
>>>very peripherally related deep pocket because their precious offspring
>>>swallowed a tiny toy too small for his age group, then work on that, not
>>>just giving all corporate defencants a pass.
>> Ah, another with all the venom but no alternative proposal nor
>> a real understanding of the issue. In short, part of the problem, not
>> the solution.
> No answer, I see.
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