Licensing Gone Awry

It strikes me as I’m driving down the road (listening to the radio) that perhaps things have gone a bit far when it comes to licensing. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that people want to protect their property – whether it is intellectual property, such as software, or actual property, such as a brand in which they have invested or even a trademark.

But maybe – just maybe – things are a little out of hand when someone isn’t allowed to say the name of the local football team or the big game that they play at the end of the year without writing out a check to someone. That’s ridiculous. It’s not like they don’t know who they are talking about. I mean I understand wanting to protect your investment and all, but come on people!

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43rd Annual Festival in the Park

Yesterday we visited the 2007 edition of the Festival in the Park – the 43rd go-round of this annual staple at Freedom Park.

As is usually the case for the event, the streets around the park are absolutely packed – so you’ll want to be prepared to walk a bit (not to mention walking within the park itself), however this year some churches were supposed to be offering “satellite” parking so that you didn’t have to fight the crowds. Park at the church – which cost $5 – and get a ride right to the festival doorstep.

Or you could fight the crowds, park wherever you find a free spot, and walk yourself in. Depending on what you prefer to do, you have plenty of options. We happened to find a free spot on a lawn, just outside the park gates, so our walk was limited to the length of the parking lot (still perhaps half a mile or so – it’s a hefty lot). Even if you chose to park yourself without using the shuttle service, the walk wasn’t bad – unlike the Charlotte Dragonboat Festival held earlier this year.

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Maybe we Should Hide the Emergency Locator Beacon

Exactly six years ago today, our country underwent one of the most gut-wrenching moments in its existence. Nineteen people hijacked four airplanes were hijacked. Two of the planes crashed into – and eventually toppled – the world trade centers in New York City. One crashed into the Pentagon in Washington. The fourth crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania. At this writing, 2974 deaths were directly attributed to the attacks.

It is an easy leap to attribute a huge number of additional deaths to this, as the United States sent a military force to Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s quite possible that those tallies will never be accurate, but the numbers are certainly much, much higher – both on our side and on theirs. Whether right o wrong, a number of lives have been lost.

What is interesting to me is that one of the issues with those planes is that the hijackers knew how to turn off the emergency locator beacon in the planes, so that their exact location could not be found. It seem that if you are going to hijack a plane, this would be a really, really good idea. Hijack the plane, and turn off the signal so that no one can find you. Is it hard to do? I don’t think so.

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