Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th May 2010 10:45 UTC
Legal Nero AG, a company with one of the most fitting names ever (can you imagine a company called Hitler or Stalin 2000 years from now?), has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the MPEG-LA. The German technology company claims the licensing body has abused its monopoly power, and that is has not honoured agreements made with the US Department of Justice. There's some juicy stuff in here.
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RE[3]: Not a company, but...
by Kalessin on Tue 25th May 2010 16:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Not a company, but..."
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He might have been thought of fairly well during WWII, but after he essentially became the enemy post-WWII and it became clear to the general public just how nasty he was (I'm not sure how well it was known to the other Allied government officials), he was definitely not thought of positively in the US. I've heard it said many times that Stalin was responsible for more deaths than Hitler. And I think that most historical accounts that you'd run into these days talking about allying with Russia in WWII will say that the US didn't expect to be on good terms with Russia post-WWII and that they allied with them pretty much out of necessity.

I don't think that Stalin is viewed anywhere near as negatively as Hitler at this point, but he's definitely viewed as a tyrant and quite negatively in the US - enough so that I wouldn't expect anyone to use the name for anything.

Nero, on the other hand, is so far back in history, that your average American is lucky to even realize that he was an Emperor of Rome or associate him with it burning. The more educated will likely know, but he's pretty much purely historical at this point. Stalin, on the other hand, is too recent and was too nasty for him to be viewed purely historical yet - though I imagine that it will happen to him far sooner than Hitler.

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