How many years have we been talking about this. The FTC launches *a few* lawsuits, NOT THE FBI, who handles criminal litigation. Did you even read the summary? WTF.
Mickey Mouse is a trademark.
That's a different kettle of fish. That's the problem with everything getting thrown together as "intellectual property". It muddles together things with very different requirements and considerations.
Abuses and backlash will be inappriately applied.
Doesn't explain why the US Attorney General, the FTC, or others who presumably are citizen advocates weren't all over this wire fraud, and possible RICO problem.
It shouldn't take litigation by Microsoft to end the problem, as it's a criminal act.
Or would a rational person perhaps look at the store as a profit center because it makes money, despite having overhead costs like
How about the cash registers?
How about the front door?
Is every last bit of overhead inside a profit center a tiny, microscopic cost center?
Profit requires revenue, and security generates NO revenue for most companies.
So, a company's money-making, walk-up retail storefront isn't a profit center?
Unfortunately, security is a cost center, not a profit center. That doesn't sit well with the MBA types.
Nonsense. It only doesn't sit well with the fictional, cartoon-grade MBA types that IT people like to conjure up as straw men. Security IS a profit center, because it's part and parcel of actually doing everything that generates profit. Without it, the profitable activity is impossible, and so it is part of the profit-making activity. Period. Saying it's no is like saying the director of a Sony movie isn't part of their profitable activity of making movies because he has to be paid.
Perhaps, but if you're doing the tech equivalent of flashing large bills around while walking through the bad part of town, you'll be vulnerable to a lot more people than if you actually have a clue.