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Consumer Review Fairness Act bans customer gag clauses, awaits Obama signature.
Congress has passed a law protecting the right of US consumers to post negative online reviews without fear of retaliation from companies.
The bipartisan Consumer Review Fairness Act was passed by unanimous consent in the US Senate yesterday, a Senate Commerce Committee announcement said. The bill, introduced in 2014, was already approved by the House of Representatives and now awaits President Obama’s signature.
The Commerce Committee held a hearing on gag clauses a year ago and said it heard “testimony from Ms. Jen Palmer, a plaintiff in Palmer v. KlearGear, where a company demanded the removal of a negative online review or payment of $3,500 in fines because the online merchant’s terms of service included a non-disparagement clause. When the review was not taken down, the company reported the unpaid $3,500 to a credit reporting agency as an outstanding debt, which negatively impacted the Palmers’ credit.”
Palmer beat Kleargear in court, but only after a years-long ordeal. In other cases, a supplements maker, called Ubervita, threatened legal action against customers leaving negative reviews on Amazon, and a jewelry store sued a customer who left a one-star review on Yelp.
The Consumer Review Fairness Act—full text available here—voids any provision in a form contract that prohibits or restricts customers from posting reviews about the goods, services, or conduct of the company providing the product or service. It also voids provisions that impose penalties or fees on customers for posting online reviews as well as those that require customers to give up the intellectual property rights related to such reviews. The legislation empowers the Federal Trade Commission to enforce the new law and impose penalties when necessary.
The bill also protects reviews that aren’t available via the Internet.
(Information continues at: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/11/congress-passes-law-protecting-right-to-post-negative-online-reviews/)
All sports loving fans, good players, sports administrators, commentators, and others need to support good ethics in sports. No one likes to be cheated, and that includes being unethical in sporting activities. Rude comments, getting mad unnecessarily, shouting against the rules, discretely breaking the rules and others, are just examples that are not acceptable and should not be supported.
Good ethical character, such as humility, is more highly appreciated than cheating and winning. Decency in making choices that are essential to the objectives and values of the team and fans is better than outrageous errors. Self-discipline or control in doing what is to be done according to objectives rather than doing what feels good is more professional and acceptable. When someone actions shows respect and value for others participation, this is better than blatant disrespect and self glorifications. Honorable character in demonstrating good values will always be highly regarded than boastful attitudes in winning at all costs.
Parents, in this fall season of sports at schools and colleges, will need to remember the importance of instilling ethics in their children, even if sometimes they are only spectators and not players. At sports events, parent will need to demonstrate the kind of dignity and respect they will want to see in their children, especially teens and younger kids. Even in watching sports events on cable or television, parents will need to uphold good ethics and values. The proper use of appropriate language, for example, will matter to younger kids who often do what their parents do. Candid talk to kids about the importance of not paying too much attention to the athletes bank accounts or celebrity pictures on magazines cover, but on the integrity and good attitude of players will be far more acceptable and effective in instilling good values.
An essential characteristic that parents need to show is patience. Mistakes can be and should be corrected in manner that is with a persistent spirit, a good sense of humor and humility. The modeling of the benefits of learning and growing from mistakes must be an essential apart of the good ethics and values in sports that kids need to learn from parents. Winning in terms of achieving objectives or goals, rather then just beating someone, should be taught to kids and young adults alike. This is often not demonstrated in many of the professional sports we see today, but is very much an important value point in good ethics in sports.
In their real life off the field, all sports players and fans will need to maintain the kind of ethics that are acceptable on the field of play. An unfortunate example of the consequences of not complying with this point is the case of Michael Vicks of the NFL – Atlanta Falcons in America, and the NBA Referee Official who was charged with “illegally betting on games.” The laws of the land will always be above team rules and regulations. And this applies to the use of illegal drugs or substances in sports. Young kids need to always know and be reminded of this. What they do off the field will sometimes matter and have serious consequences in terms of their career or life ambitions, even in sports.
Sometimes young adults are misled in terms of believing that a career in sports will be better for them than staying in school or college and getting an education. Unethical individuals or organizations may approach them with enticing words, deeds and promises of success and fame than are not real. Leaving school then becomes a requirement to achieve this, but becomes a disaster for the individual involved when things go very wrong shortly thereafter. Ethical wisdom and honest assessment of the situation must be encouraged and insisted on by parents, in the interest of their kids. Money and fame must not be above ethics ad realities in assessing the life of anyone and their careers, even in sports.
So we all need to remember the essential principles in good ethics when sports activities are involved. Sport worldwide is big business. Someone can genuinely earn a very good life or income from playing professional sports. But by no means should this override fairness and good values in all sporting events and participation.
It is good to remember the interesting fact that there is no pleasure in living by necessity when you do have the opportunity to choose how you wish live your life. In such a case, real-life daily survival is the primary essence than making choices and selections base on different opportunities. But one important factor in all of this is the essential element of having hope, and to another extent, courage.
When someone lives by necessity, his/her place of dwelling or home does not exist by choice, but because little or no alternatives are really available. Real “hand-to-mouth” poor living is the reality of the day. They do not have the pleasure of seeking a better place to rent or own by mortgage. They just have to take-it or leave-it as far as living in a slum concerned. There is no real choice, because real alternatives do not exist, but similar situations that are physically available elsewhere. Some may express the opinion that it is the fault of the person facing such as an unpleasant situation, but compassion may not be the best of human relations that crosses someone mind when they think and speak that way.
The fact and reality in many real-life people daily living is that, they do not have the family inherited financial security, salary from a good job, support from City or State financial agencies, for examples, and such alike, as means of real opportunities and alternatives to their present life situations. They often do not possess the mental and physical abilities necessary to do a related job to the satisfaction of their employers or contracted officials. They simple live day-to-day base on whatever means are available to them. The issues of school drop-out, drugs abuse, crime (such as prostitution) and others may seem to be the cause and possible alternatives to some, but this will often make a bad situation worse. So then comes hope. Hope that someone or government officials will see their plight and do something for them. Hope that a “good Samaritan” (such as The Sunday Breakfast Mission or Salvation Army Organization, and others) will open their eyes and see the need to help, when all else fails to do so. But hope often does not pay bills, provide proper shelter or feed the flesh with food. But if there is no hope then there’s often little or no need to continue living, and that borders on the unthinkable act of suicide or starvation. So hope is real-life importance especially to those who need to know that hope is real, not a fairy-tail mentality.
The courage to have hope is another matter. We all need a job to earn a living (money) or need to have the blessed rich financial resources of the family wealth passed-down through generations available to us. If this is not available and the other means are not in existence, then something has to be done. Courage to get-up, stand-up and fight is not the norm for someone who is chronically in the slums and often have no real choice, just the need to accept what’s available. But to use whatever political, legal, social, financial and other factors available to you base on the state you are in, takes courage. To strongly and mentally decide not to dip into crime, drugs, prostitution, gangs warfare, the abusing of others, and other such “evils” of modern society and real living, takes courage. Courage to may the best of what are now available and to make someone help and do something to get you out of the state of the living-dead.
Friends and families can disappear as quickly as the wind when the requirement of helping someone in the family who has ended-up in the slum or in need occurs. There are normal exceptions to this. But in reality, many will see the needs of their own life-situation and not that of the family or friends. There have been many cases and examples of family “abandoning” each other and children for the most simple of reasons. Then only to see them claim to be the father (in most cases) and mother or relatives of someone when they have risen to prosperity through, hope, courage and kindness of strangers. How and why they behave that way are the fascination of sociologists, psychologists and anthropologists studying human societies, behavior and culture. But the victim of their unkind deeds in time of need will not concern themselves with educated scientist theories, but with what was, could have been and had happened because of the “evil” of real people, family and friends. An essential principle of forgiveness must be encouraged here and practiced in real life in order not to make a situation worse or to re-occur.
There are endless examples of the above that are real and in abundance for all to know. Living by necessity than from real choice, is no pleasant matter when the good options are not readily there. That is why hope is often the only and best friend available to those who are really in need, and on a daily basis. Courage to avoid greater dangers and evils is a must if those who are in the slum are to survive and come-out without too much of a nasty or crime-oriented background, or at all. Sometimes all they really need to get back on their feet again is a real choice or opportunity to make their lives right. This should then be the focus of their hope.