” The Man ” and what he means to me.

Oct 16th, 2009 | Filed under Opinions and Perspectives, Rants, Work

OK first off I like to joke about “The Man” he is not real, and I am not an anarchist. I love my beautiful peaceful home of Vancouver Canada, and understand there are certain bureaucratic duties that the govt does to maintain how great it is, so I am not bucking the system, it needs tweaking but that might be a very delicate tasks handled by mathematicians, and scientists. Stuff over my head, however.

There is a Bureaucratic force in this world, that makes things a bit harder for the average guy to get up the financial ladder of life. AKA “The Man”

Lets say you have a brilliant idea one day, now all ideas have to come from somewhere, i mean there are very few completely out of the blue. The Wheel was probably inspired by something rolling for example a rock, etc etc etc.

OK, so this idea, you think of the funniest picture ever, this is not like you, you manage to sketch it down on a piece of paper, and put it on your table, and every time you walk past it you look at it and say…hmm yep that’s funny.

You show it to your friends and they laugh, and your family, you think OK I have something here, you get a T-Shirt made and put it for sale. It is selling.

OK now here is the problem, the image you drew was very similar to another very famous logo that has been copyrighted etc, by “The Man. ” Now “The Man” didn’t create their logo, some guy that used to work for some company in another country created it after studying other famous logos in marketing and art classes.

OK so you created the worlds funniest shirt, and its so funny you could live off its income.

One day the image gets very popular, and out of the blue some big lawyer firm contacts you (We will just Call the firm “The Man”.)

“The Man” says, hey I own that image, and any images like it, you cant sell it.

This happens every day, in fact there are thousands if not millions of people searching everywhere, in stores, on the Internet, in advertisements, bill boards, TV, everywhere for anything they fear will damage “The Man”.

So your choices are going to court against a huge massive company that will probably have 4 super expensive lawyers at the table, and there would be a huge chance it would bankrupt you at one point or another. Or stop selling your T-Shirt.

“The Man” Is keeping you Down
“The Man” Just took his huge corporate thumb and squished you like an ant.
Blame it on “The Man” etc etc.

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