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McCarriage of Justice

How many strikes should a corporation be allowed before we, the public, revoke their charter?

Fast food giant McDonald’s has just been handed a stunning defeat by a Malaysian high court in an epic trademark dispute. The ruling ended an eight-year battle in which the megacorporation attempted to prevent a small curry restaurant from using the prefix “Mc” in its name. McCurry (which stands for “Malaysian Chicken Curry”) argued that it had every right to use the two consonants and that McDonald’s claim that the two restaurants could be confused was unfounded. McCurry offers an Indian menu (including, among other things, fish head curry) while McDonald’s sticks to arguably less palatable “Western” fare. In addition to granting McCurry the rights to the disputed prefix, the court ordered McDonald’s to pay all legal costs incurred by the defendant. McDonald’s has a history of attacking anyone who dares string the two letters together: the company has previously brought legal action against a curry restaurant in Jamaica and the Oxford English Dictionary for listing the definition of “McJob.” Hopefully having its McAss handed to it by Malaysia’s highest court will end the corporation’s global monopoly on the two letters, allowing small business owners and a good part of Scotland to breathe easy.

But what can we do to prevent bullying megacorporations from treating the world like one giant school yard? For every Malaysian McCurry there are untold numbers of little guys slain by corporate Goliaths. For every staggering judgment (like Pfizer’s recent $2.3 billion settlement with the FDA) there are a slew of shady backroom deals in which corporations make a mint at the public’s expense. How many strikes should a corporation be allowed before we, the public, are allowed to revoke their charter? What are some effective ways for civil society to fight back against corporate power?

Sarah Nardi

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McAnonymous

So you think "you" (aka "the mob" or "the people") somehow have the right to overturn hundreds of years of property rights and common law based on the fact that McD's defends their intellectual property and trademarks using the legal system?? Are "they" now enemies of the state? You don't even realize that you're spouting fascist ideology - very "adbuster" of you comrade.

McAnonymous

So you think "you" (aka "the mob" or "the people") somehow have the right to overturn hundreds of years of property rights and common law based on the fact that McD's defends their intellectual property and trademarks using the legal system?? Are "they" now enemies of the state? You don't even realize that you're spouting fascist ideology - very "adbuster" of you comrade.

Ting Ba Dho

I agree with the guy/gal you're referring to. It's time to do away with the corporation, the stock market, banks and men who love to wear ties. String them up by those ties and let us get back to living.
Property rights my arse. It's two letters.

Ting Ba Dho

I agree with the guy/gal you're referring to. It's time to do away with the corporation, the stock market, banks and men who love to wear ties. String them up by those ties and let us get back to living.
Property rights my arse. It's two letters.

McAnonymous

You're the enemy of free society. Your proposal is what also rolled around in the heads of many fascists before you - these steps were taken by Stalin, Hitler, Mao and currently by Chavez...how did those turn out?

McAnonymous

You're the enemy of free society. Your proposal is what also rolled around in the heads of many fascists before you - these steps were taken by Stalin, Hitler, Mao and currently by Chavez...how did those turn out?

wxnil

Poor, misinformed person. You are confusing "freedom" with "domination", as in "domination by a big, arrogant corporation." Do you work for McDonalds, or Wallmart? Even if you don't, do you think these giant economic dictatorships care one bit about "freedom"? Do you want to live in a world where a giant, omnipotent corporation can dictate everything? I suggest you study information sources that are not associated with Fox News or its cotravelers, who specialize in lying to people and poisoning public discourse.

wxnil

Poor, misinformed person. You are confusing "freedom" with "domination", as in "domination by a big, arrogant corporation." Do you work for McDonalds, or Wallmart? Even if you don't, do you think these giant economic dictatorships care one bit about "freedom"? Do you want to live in a world where a giant, omnipotent corporation can dictate everything? I suggest you study information sources that are not associated with Fox News or its cotravelers, who specialize in lying to people and poisoning public discourse.

chez

wxnil your are paranoid. If you dont shop at Walmart, or eat at McDonals, they have absolutely no control over you. If you are so worried about them controlling you try eating healthy. To say these two corps. in particular are dictatorships is shallow thinking and just plane lame. Before you get up in arms about these dictatorships why not focus on real ones with real agendas to really impact your life. Like Iran.

chez

wxnil your are paranoid. If you dont shop at Walmart, or eat at McDonals, they have absolutely no control over you. If you are so worried about them controlling you try eating healthy. To say these two corps. in particular are dictatorships is shallow thinking and just plane lame. Before you get up in arms about these dictatorships why not focus on real ones with real agendas to really impact your life. Like Iran.

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