The Quiet Riot of the Adults
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Frankly, the smart seems more than a fashion statement than a true alternative to other small cars that are less of a trade-off, and I think they are making a fundamental error in having such a long wait to get the cars to the buyers; there's a brief window when this can be the "it" car.
Posted by tmp00 at 2:48 PM
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Let's get litigious!
The brouhaha over a certain perfumer has gotten some play on the internets, including posts at Basenotes and at several blogs. Most of the opinion is rather anti-the big company; I humorously propose some other people who should get cease and desist orders:
You don't go calling yourself Noho and expect to get away with it...
Lady, you don't go running around telling people you live in the Hamptons and wearing shirts the color of their perfume bottle unless you want to be in a world of hurt. They are also trademarking "Fabulous", "Barefoot" and the concept of a hot, greying gay best friend, so watch it...
The City of Riverside
Clearly they mean to obfuscate the brand Riverside Drive.
While they might have decided to retire the Pentastar logo, they still put out cars called "New Yorker" and "Fifth Avenue". As we now are aware, all names having anything to do with the county of New York and it's environs are property of that company in perpetuity.
They know what they did....
Chelsea Clinton, Chelsea Football Club, and Chelsea Massachusetts
Massachusetts better be careful; they're treading on mighty thin ice here....
Too darned close to the bottle shape by half.
Tilting at windmills to sue an element? Well tilt away!
image from New Mexico State University Fire Safety Program
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
No Mister Bond, I expect you to die...
Gaia, The Non-Blonde posted an interesting article about perfumer Liz Zorn getting heat from Niche perfumer Bond No 9. Bond is a New York based niche house with about 70 or so perfumes in signature star-shaped bottles. Liz Zorn is an Ohio-based perfumer who I believe is not carried by any department stores. Bond No 9 has a scent called "The Scent of Peace". Liz Zorn had a scent called "Peace on Earth". Apparently, Bond feels that they own the word "Peace" when applied to scent and sent off a nasty "cease and desist" letter to Ms. Zorn. Oddly, they seem to not have gone after Bath and Bodyworks or Kenzo for their fragrances with "peace" in the name.
This sort of corporate bullying goes on all the time, of course, and the companies that do this sort of thing do so partly because they have to; otherwise it could be construed as letting go of the right to sue for actual infringement of legitimate copyrights. Of course that sort of behavior leads to this sort of crap, which basically comes across as medium-sized Goliath stomping all over a little David, and that sort of thing must not be supported; you won't be reading any Bond reviews out of me any time soon
I will not be buying any either...
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It just gets sillier...
I don't know if it's an attempt towards a PR cleanup (beacuse of the gazillions of you who read this blog and the deadly power that I wield..) but comments are coming in, first from a "NY Perfumista" which was deleted, not doubt because of Gaia's latest post, then from Bond No. 9 themselves. Just in case they decide once more to delete the comment I will include it here:
"In response to standard actions regarding a Bond No. 9 trademark infringement, Ms. Zorn has personally waged war on us by Internet and by telephone.
For the information of those who support her based on these postings, etc., we thought it only fair to publish the following document. While waging said war, she sent this letter to the attorneys of Bond No. 9, declaring her “peaceful” resolution. She has, in essence, committed the very offense to which she claims (without merit) Bond No. 9 has affronted her.
Bond No. 9 is a small, entrepreneurial company run by one woman who spends a lot of time and money protecting it—her life’s work—and the scope of this company includes her trademarks. As a small business owner, and given the significant portion of her budget required to secure the names and phrases that are essential to the success of her business, she strongly defends them all.
The creative spirit of Bond No. 9 is copied every day by various companies, large and small, and we protect our rights in all cases. Laurice encourages everyone to be creative and to protect their ideas.
Two Springs ago she had the idea to launch a Peace fragrance at the United Nations and donate to UNICEF for that first year. Since 2007, the donations have been to Seeds of Peace (http://seedsofpeace.org), and Laurice continues to donate for Peace. The Scent of Peace is a top selling fragrance which allows us to donate a large amount of money to charity, and we're very pleased"
You can read my response in the comments section, but here's the gist: you have a right to sue, Ms Bond. In the judicial system in this country one can sue for anything. You can also get laughed out of court, as Fox had happen to them when they tried to quash Al Franken. Some actions make one look petty. This is one. Learn from it. Donating "a large amount of money to charity" doesn't make it any prettier, or any more acceptable. Sorry.