First, the camcorder claims have themselves involved wildly different figures. For example, over the past two weeks, reports have pegged the Canadian percentage of global camcording at either 40 or 50%. Yet the International Intellectual Property Alliance, a U.S. lobby group that includes the MPAA, advised the US government in late September that Canadians were the source for 23% of camcorded copies of DVDs. Not surprisingly, none of these figures have been subject to independent audit or review. In fact, AT&T Labs, which conducted the last major public study on movie piracy in 2003, concluded that 77 percent of pirated movies actually originate from industry insiders and advance screener copies provided to movie reviewers.
"Three large balloons will float above the Pentagon on Saturday as the U.S. Defense Department tests its chemical and biological weapons defenses."
Man, I won't rest until we use our biological weapons to rid the world of all those freaking balloons.
Keith Urban is a famous singer (I never heard of him before) and has trademarked his name. The other is an artist and owns the KeithUrban.com web site. The artist never claims to be the singer but never clarifies that he isn't. There are google ads at the top of the page that advertise tickets to the singer's concert which would give the impression this is the singer.
Who should prevail? I'm torn. The artist does not generate the google ads. I've looked at the source code for the page and I don't see anything he generates that is overtly deceptive. I do wonder how common the Urban surname is and if a common name should be allowed to be trademarked.
From the site (CanGoogleHearMe.com): "On February 11th, 2007 I'm getting on a plane to fly to Mountain View, California, headquarters of Google, Inc. Once there, I'm going to try to pitch an idea to them that I think fits right in with the Google spirit and business model; catch is, I don't have an appointment, they don't know I'm coming, and I'm literally going to be showing up at their door and hoping they give me a meeting.
And if they don't give me one? Then I'm going to sit in their lobby like a spoiled child in hopes that they'll change their mind.