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'You Can't Make This Up': Comcast Threatens Legal Action Against Net Neutrality Proponents


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'You Can't Make This Up': Comcast Threatens Legal Action Against Net Neutrality Proponents

Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Open Internet proponents who have been fighting the Trump administration's rollback of net neutrality protections, which has been enacted at the bidding of the telecom industry, said Tuesday that Comcast is now threatening legal action saying the website Comcastroturf.com is infringing on its trademark.

As the organization Fight for the Future quipped on Twitter, "You can't make this stuff up."


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Have up Comcast years ago. Terrible company.


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And the sole alternative in my area, Verizon, is worse.


#4

Trust bust.


#5

Parental controls in the Fatherland!


#6

Does this sound similar to Trumpie's view of the absence of protesters during his Saudi Arabia visit where Saudi law prosecutes citizens with beheading if they speak or protest against government policies, or during celebrations​? Apparently, preventing people from protesting like that in this country would be fine with T-Rump and preventing people from protesting Comcast's intentions of net neutrality rollback with major punishment, even better.


#7

It looks like Bangladesh is going to beat US in the information and communication department.


#8

They already are :smiling_imp:


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Actually T. O'Rump invites foreign heads of state over here to show the Secret Service how it is done. With the instruction from Turkey's professional thugs I wouldn't be surprised to see more of this sort of diplomatic effort.


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This sort of stupidity was why I was so dead set against the TPP. His position on that was T.O"Rumps only positive position and even that was really a negative.


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Same thing happened to "Scroogle", a once upon a time, competitor to "Google". Scroogle began back in 2003 - but was slowly "suffocated" through a technique called "throttling". Beats getting sued back to the Stone Age - lol
From:
http://searchengineland.com/did-google-screw-scroogle-41844

(disclaimer - The above link has one of those damn pop-up "subscribe ads")

"Did Google Screw Scroogle?"

Scroogle, a site designed for those who don’t want Google tracking their searches back to them, had some hiccups since the new Google design went live on May 5th.

Scroogle worked by “scraping” the Google search results from http://www.google.com/ie, a service for Internet Explorer 6 users. Google has decided to discontinue that service redirect it to the Google Toolbar search service. That’s causing issues for Scroogle.

Google told the Wall Street Journal that the change had nothing to do with blocking Scroogle, despite the fact that scraping Google’s search results is technically against Google’s terms of service – so Google has every right to block Scroogle. In fact, Google did block Scroogle soon after they launched, for a little while.

Now, when you use the Scroogle web site, you sometimes get a notice that the search results won’t work due to a change. But it appears Scroogle may be back in business using an alternative service, perhaps http://www.google.com/search?output=ie.

Scroogle launched in 2003 not as a privacy protection service but rather as a way for site owners to check on whether they’d lost rankings due to a major search algorithm change at the time. Many site owners felt Google had somehow “screwed” them with the change, which also happened around the Christmas shopping period — making Google to some “Scrooge” like. Hence the name, Scroogle.


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We have the numbers, and we are smarter, which is why Comcast is so desperate: they can smell the big money, but it is still just out of their reach.

Look, we can do a simple thing, which happens to have already been a proven success. A small town in Mass. has been operating a town-wide free WIFI. They pay COMCAST a fee, but only for its modest role as a old time utility, a bunch of wires pretending to be a high tech entity. Since individual citizens are not billed for their internet service, they can give Comcast the finger. So the status quo is in favor of the citizen-warriors in this town.

If enough townships do the same, the combined purchasing power will humble Comcast. We still have to take them down, but that is a drawn out political process. In the mean time, we can act, and have a lot of fun doing it.The start up cost is low, and free WIFI is a big hit.


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If left unregulated, a natural consequence of capitalism is greater and greater tendency to monopolize. We're seeing it in the telecom industry and now the Internet. The Comcast's of the world are unable to compete on a level playing field. So that have to cheat their way to greater profits.


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Don't take this crap from these corporate monsters just cancel your Comcast account!! Screw these bastards!!


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I am not now, and have never been, a fan of Comcast's.

From that perspective, I'm puzzled by this article.

The document posted is not, as the link to it states, "an order" -- i.e., a command issued by a court with jurisdiction to compel compliance by the person against whom the order is issued.

The document is a "cease and desist letter," sent by a private entity to "Dear Sir or Madam," stating its client's contention under well-known principles of trademark infringement and threatening to seek redress from a court if the recipient does not comply with the demand set forth in the letter.

The grounds cited by the letter in support of its demand are commonplace terms from the law of intellectual property. I don't doubt that Comcast's intention is to silence criticism -- but there is nothing in the law as it stands or is proposed that permits them to do so.
Nor is there any "need [for] Title II net neutrality protections that ban blocking, throttling, and censorship" in order for criticism to continue.

Whether or not the FCC regulation "is enacted" it is not true that "there would be nothing preventing Comcast from simply blocking sites like Comcastroturf.com that are critical of their corporate policies."

The law of intellectual property, with no relevance to "criticism," enables the demand made by Comcast
And the law of intellectual property will permit criticism of Comcast to go forward.

All that is required is for the entity of which Comcast complains to change its name to one that is not "confusingly similar to the [Comcast trademark] because it sounds the same, looks the same, and is spelled similarly to Comcast."

The entity should spend no time, money, or emotional energy contesting the cease and desist letter's demand. It should change its name and continue, with renewed energy,

The candidates from which a new name could be effectively chosen are infinite in number.


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Verizon has also bought Yahoo.com --
think the takeover comes very shortly.

Any coincidence that Comcast and Verizon make billions or tens of billions
every year selling and pushing pornography on cable?


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And AOL too - they made us move our 'Verizon.net" e-mail over to them.

I know nothing about porn on cable as I never have had cable. However, porn produced by consenting people over 18 years of age is legal in all free societies.


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Thank you for this info----this is the way to go


#19

this is where we are headed if we do not revolt now. these aholes are attacking our civil rights. the internet is one of the last bastions of free speech.


#20

Anti-trust is the big stick. It may be time to use it.