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Drew_W

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So I popped onto CEDIA.org to check out some stuff.

They have this slot machine-esque thing on their site, right on the homepage. This is what comes up:

$43898.92

Your membership dollars spent in defense of BOSE Corp. litigation, year to date.

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Drew_W

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I believe that it would be something to that effect, yes. And that figure is only for the past 7 months.
 

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"We would much rather see Bose work for our association, instead of against it."

:D
 

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Well, the only good thing is Bose is spending money, too.

I would love to see them just collapse in on themselves.

I bet Bose makes most of their money from non-consumer stuff, and it would be cool to see that collapse.
 

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CEDIA is a non-profit organization versus Bose, which is a profit maximizing marketing machine. And Bose is a MEMBER of CEDIA.

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Jed M

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Good to see Bose doing something wonderfully productive for once. They really do set the bar for being an a-hole. It would be easier to defend the benefits of cancer than to defend Bose's business practices. I'm willing to bet that great grandpa Bose was a snake oil salesmen. :D
 

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Bose pretty much sues everyone. Years ago they sued Thiel since they had a model "2.2" Thiel changed the model to "22" An old guy used to own a stereo store in center city Philadelphia (Greenfield's?) who was selling direct reflecting speakers long before Bose and used good speakers and cabinets. It was really amazing to hear his stuff. I did not follow the story but I think they eventually might have put him out of business (he was in his 70s 10+ yrs. ago). They sued Consumer Reports magazine yrs. ago for making a comment about their (lack of) imaging vs. other speakers at the same price point.
 

Brett DiMichele

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I think we should all call the feds and report bose as
domestic terrorists... I mean, really at the end of the
day that's what they do is terrorize every other business
they can.. Sadly they are NOT alone.. Kodak is no better
nor is Rockford Audio Group or even Bob Carver.. They have
ALL sued other companies over some of the most laughable
"infringements"...

Pathetic..:angry:
 

Wayne Ernst

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I don't think there's any resemblence leading to any confusion. Why didn't they ask me first? :b
 

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Strictly speaking not the same thing. "Happy Birthday" was a song written by someone (two sisters, Patty and Mildred something IIRC), and the copyright therein evidently has changed hands and is now owned by AOL Time Warner. Not really different than, say, if George Michael's Last Christmas became the definitive Christmas song and everyone sang it at Christmas, it would also attract royalties for each performance.

I suppose it sticks in the craw at first glance, since "Happy Birthday" is so ubiquitous that one assumes it's an old folk song and has long passed into public domain, but it's actually quite recent. Many popular Christmas songs are still in copyright, it's just that their owners don't enforce their copyright rights very stringently.

But not to go completely OT, I'd agree that the Bose lawsuit is kinda dumb. Somewhat typical "legal terrorism", sue anything that remotely infringes your trademark rights, batter the other side into submission if they're a small business. Next thing we know, they're going to go after that condom manufacturer that also uses the "Lifestyles" word on its products (I forget which)...
 

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