In retrospect I feel yesterday’s post might have come off a little harsh. I’d like to qualify the reason for my wrath.
Yes, I ridicule Dave Redl for being ignorant of the ways of the internet and for sashaying into Reggieland’s inbox like a bull in a china shop. It’s amusing that his petty squabble with a private community has earned him some infamy. However, it’s not this ignorance that prompted my fury.
My reason is the simple fact that Mr. Redl could have – SHOULD have – asked nicely to remedy the situation.
Maybe (duh, Brian) it’s the nature of the media to shine the spotlight on the extreme, ridiculous, negative aspects of society, and\or perhaps my pessimism is growing in general. Whatever the reason, I feel that business ethics is some unfathomable oxymoron.
Take the sad story of American entrepreneur Uzi Nissan for example. Mr. Nissan has owned a variety of businesses spanning over 2 decades, currently chairing the Nissan Computer Corporation.
As a forward-thinking businessman, Uzi registered a domain name, www.nissan.com, in 1994 to represent his enterprise. More than 5 years later, the Nissan Motor Company subpoenaed Mr. Nissan to relinquish his allegedly copyright-infringing domain name and to reimburse the company $10,000,000 in damages.
If this corporate cesspool was simply suing a man for damages caused by using his own name, it’s minutely possible that one might sympathize with Nissan Motor for simply seeking to ensure the strength of their own larger brand and that they might even be entitled to the domain. However, when Uzi Nissan registered his domain name, the Nissan Motor didn’t even exist! It was then called Datsun Motor!
The auto-maker could have offered to purchase the domain in a gentlemanly fashion. They could have made Uzi Nissan a very rich man with a tiny penance in relation to the corporation’s countless sums. A symbiotic resolution was perhaps 3 phone calls away.
Uzi Nissan, after more than 6 years of lawsuits and threats, has been granted a ridiculous ultimatum by the US “justice” system. He may retain www.nissan.com under the condition that he not use it for any commercial means.
Fuck you, judge. Fuck you, Nissan Motor. Fuck you, corporate trough-feeding and trough-filling pigs.
This is no isolated incident either. As long as people are free to purchase any unregistered (or expired) domain name, greedy corporations will try to cheat them out of them. Just ask Eduardo Perez Orue of www.wolfb.com and he’ll tell have plenty to tell you.
Today I read that Volkswagen Motor is poised to sue an artist who draws Beetles! They literally asked him to tear images of Beetles out of his long-published books and mail them to the company! This is coming from a company whose fucking name is “People’s Car”!!!
Yesterday I read that Starforce, makers of copy protection software, are suing news site www.boingboing.net for reporting the common complaint that their product physically damages some computers! I guess they don’t read [H]ardOCP.
Sue sue sue, cry cry cry. Didn’t anyone else’s mom teach them you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar? Or was that just mine.
I, like everyone else, have had my fair share of altercations with dishonest companies.
Rogers Cable took over Shaw Cable whom were our internet service providers at the time. Rogers proceeded to raise our monthly fees $10, reduced the speed of the connection by 2/3, and then threatened to cut off my access because I was downloading too much. We promptly ditched them after 3 years of consumer loyalty.
I bought a Linksys router which turned out to be defective. I called their tech support department who gave me some possible solutions and advised me to call back in a few weeks if the problems remained. When I called back they informed me my 30-day refund window had expired. They jerked me around for months until I reported them to the Better Business Bureau, and then they folded like a card table. I was so sick of dealing with them that I refused their refund. I’m now very happy with my D-Link.
I purchased a cell phone from Fido last year. I was hoping to purchase one on the cheap from a third-party vendor, but Fido insisted that I had to ensure compatibility of frequencies and features for the phone to work with their networks. I begrugingly accepted the 2-year contract tethered to the reduced-price phone. Recently Fido was bought out by my favourite company, Rogers. Fido promptly switched to Rogers’ towers which were, of course, operating on a different frequency. Fido’s tech support insisted that I must bear the cost of a working phone and the rep proceeded through an unsolicited sales pitch. Weeks later I finally got in touch with a manager who exclaimed his surprise that nobody had offered me the free SIM card that solves the problem in a snap. I’m looking forward to ending my 8 years of patronage with Fido when my contract expires this June.
So, fair readers, this is where I’m coming from. I’m tired of corporations trying to step on the little guy. When such a practise becomes so prevalent in society you can be sure there is something wrong with North American priorities. Companies are rewarded for being dishonest. Individuals are punished for being assertive.
This is where I’m supposed write my conclusion. The part of the essay where the writer reiterates his introduction and reinforces his point. Sorry, can’t do it. Now that my thoughts are in perspective I can’t possibly defend speaking more softly on the matter.
The above examples are why I resent the actions of Dave Redl so very, very much. Dave, you are the epitome of the tarnished American dream. You made your own company with little-guy sweat and you’re galumphing around the internet in your elephant shoes and your battle face like a big company.
Fuck you, Dave Redl.