Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Aug 2011 09:22 UTC
Legal Earlier this week, we were introduced to a new concept in intellectual property law: the European 'Community Design'. The Community Design is a sort of trademark on design, and sits halfway between a trademark and a patent. I decided to investigate what, exactly, the laws and regulations around Community Designs are, and what I found was shocking. Think the USPTO is bad? Wait until you learn about the Community Design.
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RE[2]: Well that's it.
by Morgan on Thu 11th Aug 2011 11:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Well that's it."
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

I find that both sad and alarming. I thought the EU was supposed to be "better" than the US? If the people don't control the government (not saying we truly do here, but it's the principle) then throw out the government and start again!

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RE[3]: Well that's it.
by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 11th Aug 2011 12:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Well that's it."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I find that both sad and alarming. I thought the EU was supposed to be "better" than the US? If the people don't control the government (not saying we truly do here, but it's the principle) then throw out the government and start again!


Well, this issue doesn't concern terrorism, Islam, celebrities, or violent crime. You can hardly blame the people for not being interested if it's not about those things.

/sarcasm

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RE[4]: Well that's it.
by Morgan on Thu 11th Aug 2011 12:08 in reply to "RE[3]: Well that's it."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Believe me, you don't need the sarcasm tag there. It's the same way here, along with "OMG think of the children!" issues and so-called reality TV.

In fact, I think the only way you'd spark a riot or revolt in this country is if the Jersey Shore and American Idol were canceled in the same week.

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RE[4]: Well that's it.
by steogede2 on Tue 16th Aug 2011 23:56 in reply to "RE[3]: Well that's it."
steogede2 Member since:
2007-08-17

"I find that both sad and alarming. I thought the EU was supposed to be "better" than the US? If the people don't control the government (not saying we truly do here, but it's the principle) then throw out the government and start again!


Well, this issue doesn't concern terrorism, Islam, celebrities, or violent crime. You can hardly blame the people for not being interested if it's not about those things.

/sarcasm
"

Even if the people were interested, if the popular press isn't, they aren't going to even be aware of it. If it isn't about one of the topics you mentioned, the popular press aren't going to be interested. It's a vicious circle.

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RE[3]: Well that's it.
by Athlander on Thu 11th Aug 2011 20:02 in reply to "RE[2]: Well that's it."
Athlander Member since:
2008-03-10

I find that both sad and alarming. I thought the EU was supposed to be "better" than the US? If the people don't control the government (not saying we truly do here, but it's the principle) then throw out the government and start again!


That's the problem. The European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the European Council sit on top of the governments. So while a national government represents the people of the nation and, in theory at least, is accountable to the people and can be removed by the people, in practice the EU organisations represent the governments, rather than the people. The process of government in the EU is conducted behind closed doors.

This makes the EU unaccountable to the citizens of Europe.

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RE[4]: Well that's it.
by Neolander on Thu 11th Aug 2011 20:57 in reply to "RE[3]: Well that's it."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I think that the European Parliament is elected through the European elections. I agree that the rest is chosen through overly indirect means, though.

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RE[4]: Well that's it.
by przemo_li on Fri 12th Aug 2011 07:45 in reply to "RE[3]: Well that's it."
przemo_li Member since:
2010-06-01

The European Parliament is accountable, and in one case broad disagreement on one case, forced it to do right thing. However other structures are often beyond reach of citizens.

However we (as EU citizens) can influence a bit. Email addresses of all parliamentarians are publicly available :>

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