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Comment Re: Pin??? (Score 5, Informative) 53

fair use relates to copyright, so the court almost certainly didn't rule it was fair use

There is fair use in trademark too. Here's the quote from the judge (page 35):

After weighing the evidence presented at trial and considering the arguments made by the parties, the Court concludes that Pintrips satisfies the first two elements of the fair use analysis in that it uses the term pin “otherwise than as a mark” and “only to describe [its] goods or services.” 15 U.S.C. 1115(b)(4).

Submission + - Court Finds "Pinning" on the Internet to be Fair Use (

speedplane writes: Pinterest has always aggressively defended their trademarks but in 2013, they launched a trademark lawsuit against Pintrips, a travel planning startup that allows users to "pin" and share information about flights. Yesterday, however, a federal court issued a major ruling against Pinterest finding that "pinning" is a feature, not a trademark, and therefore is fair use. This seems to bode well for the many other "pinning" sites on the internet.

Comment Re:Big Sister is watching (Score 1) 781

I demand that you change the extension ... only after polling every single ethnic group, subculture, and political and religious belief in the world to ensure that none of them can figure out a way in which it offends them.

This isn't about offending three people in the Congo. Women make up 50% of the population, but there is a major problem in the United States of women being underrepresented in computer science / programming. Why would you do anything that contributes to the perception of that problem?

Comment Re:Big Sister is watching (Score 1) 781

Reading these comments are enough to indicate there's a problem.

Totally agree. There's a great piece in the nyt today about how these subtle stereotypes are keep programming a secluded all-boys club. The co-working spot I work at is covered in Star wars nerd crap, I totally get it.

Comment Re:Why would I help Google with 'open source'? (Score 1) 95

This is part of a general trend that I call 'open season', basically big companies persuading naive people to do their work for nothing, under the banner 'open source

While the trend you highlight is disturbing, the alternative is worse: back-room deals between the same "big companies" to stuff this software into your phones and web-apps without your knowledge or say-so.

Comment Re:About time (Score 1) 241

Commute time is a personal choice. You can choose to live closer to work, and pay more in housing / get less space, or you can live further out of the business districts, get a bigger house but have a longer commute. By making commute time count as work time, we are effectively subsidizing those who live outside of city centers, encouraging longer commutes, and wasted time.

Comment Re:Changing landscape (Score 2) 367

A root of this issue is the 18th, 19th and 20th century concepts of employees / employers and an outdated set of definitions. Like so many modern issues near and dear, we will have to reassess out fundamental assumptions about all kinds of things, this being just one.

I disagree. The fundamental concepts of employee and employer are as true now as they were then. It may take some time, but modern-day legal tools are more than capable of sorting out uber's employment issues without any fundamental shift in thought.

Comment Re: Apple - What's Happening in France (Score 2) 233

It's France, they do strange things in Europe. For instance when Muslims kill French people, the French respond by harassing Jews. It's not for us to judge, it's a part of the rich European cultural heritage.

It's Slashdot, they do strange things on the Internet. For example, when a poster discusses the use of Apple computers, the trolls respond by bringing up islamophobic ideas and allude to the holocaust. It's not for us to judge, it's a part of the rich Internet cultural heritage.

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