Re: sanet-mg-digest V1 #435
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 08:35:53 +0000
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Maroc)
Subject: Re: sanet-mg-digest V1 #434
I was actually reading some of your discussion of "science" and then you
dropped me in the grease with your trademarked methods and commercial sales
pitch. Now I'm back to the trigger of hitting the delete key when I see
your personal tradremark.
productive natural farmer on Vancouver Island
Lion replies: How do I (we) know that you use "natural methods? Some people
believe that city sewage sludge and genetic engineered organisms are "organic"
and lobbied our federal government USDA to include these practices as
"organic" in their national definitions. How do I know that you are not one
of that group?
If you told me that you use only methods approved by "Rodale Institute"
(tm) publishers of "Organic Farms and Gardens" (tm), or "Permaculture
Institute" (tm) and authorized to use the "Permaculture" (tm) label, or
approved by the "Demeter Association" (tm) and authorized to use their
BioDynamic label, or approved by "Oregon Tilth" (tm) and "certified organic by
Oregon Tilth" (tm) label, or certified by "C.O.O.F" (tm) then I would know
that you met certain minimum standards. It is the TRADEMARK and the penalties
of law which apply to fraudulent use which keeps people honest. That's how I
know who to trust and who to avoid. It takes time to make a mark, and a
trademark acquires value over time. A fly-by-night trademark is no better
than none at all, but one which has earned trust over time has a value worth
protecting from infringement.
I am trying real hard to recall the last time you gave me anything of
value free of charge, and it has slipped my mind. Please refresh my memory.
Just as me and some 1,000 other strangers coming on your farm and just taking
your vegetables or whatever you grow, is theft, so too is just taking the
fruits of my lifes work and giving nothing, not even acknowledement of any
kind is also theft.
The reason I don't give out authorization to use my trademark without you
committing to the principles is because it becomes just sewer sludge in the
hands of people who feel like making it that. I do not make the rules, but
like you, I have to live with them. What I have of value is free for your
taking -- just get it the hard way by creative thinking, long study, and hard
work, the way I did. Then make your own mark in the world. But don't protest
my right to use the laws of the United States of America as is my citizen's
right to do so. If you don't like these laws, run for congress and try to
change them. Meanwhile we both have to live within them. My system is
designed to live gracefully within them, by using shields against thieves. So
how do you protect your intellectual property?
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