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3rd Jan '18 11:30:03 AM DaibhidC
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* A ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fanfic [[https://daibhidc.dreamwidth.org/175477.html pastiching the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony]] ends with a dig at the Olympic Commitee's ... enthusiastic ... trademark protection, by saying, beneath the usual IDoNotOwn disclaimer, "Cori Celestic Games, Year of the Second Inception, Summer, Ankh-Morpork and Sport are all trademarks of the A-M Games Committee and may not be used without permission under penalty of big men with sticks."
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* The ChristmasEpisode of ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' opens with a brainstorming session for a [[BlandNameProduct thinly disguised version]] of The John Lewis Christmas Ad. The credits end with the announcement that Christmas, the colours red and green, and the emotion of merriment, are all registered trademarks of John Mulligan Stores plc.
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20th Dec '17 10:54:58 AM BeerBaron
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* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' creator Mojang AB tried to trademark the word "scrolls" for the use as a [[VideoGame/{{Scrolls}} game title]] (and on various t-shirts and other merchandise). Since Mojang founder Notch is far from the first (let alone only) person to have the word "scrolls" in the name of something and doing so would allow him to play this trope painfully straight (and retroactively), some of those people wanted to put a stop to it (and indeed have to [[http://kotaku.com/5847295/mojang-v-bethesda-part-2-the-attorneys-and-notch--pete-weigh-in thanks to the way in which not acting on it would be more or less giving up their own]]). Creator/{{Bethesda}} (creaters of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series) got there first (although this hasn't stopped some people turning it around and claiming that Bethesda were suing Mojang merely for using this name, thus accusing them of playing the trope straight in another way entirely).

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* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' creator Mojang AB tried to trademark the word "scrolls" for the use as a [[VideoGame/{{Scrolls}} game title]] (and on various t-shirts and other merchandise). Since Mojang founder Notch is far from the first (let alone only) person to AB, creators of ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', have the word "scrolls" in the name of something and doing so would allow him to play this trope painfully straight (and retroactively), some of those people wanted to put been involved with a stop to it (and indeed have to [[http://kotaku.com/5847295/mojang-v-bethesda-part-2-the-attorneys-and-notch--pete-weigh-in thanks to trademark dispute]] with Zenimax Media, the way in which not acting on it would be more or less giving up their own]]). Creator/{{Bethesda}} (creaters parent company of [[Creator/{{Bethesda}} Bethesda Softworks]], creators of ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series) got there first (although this hasn't stopped some people turning it around and claiming that series, over Mojang's attempt to trademark the use of the word "scrolls" in the title of ''VideoGame/{{Scrolls}}'' (and related merchandise). Bethesda claimed that doing so would infringe on their ''Elder Scrolls'' trademark. Both sides were suing Mojang merely for using essentially attempting to play this name, thus accusing them of playing the trope trope straight in another way entirely).their favor. (The case would be settled, allowing ''Scrolls'' to use the word in its title, but not in any sequels or spin-offs.)
17th Dec '17 12:41:43 AM SkidTroper
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All joking aside, the Walt Disney company now owns or at least claims the rights to a whole raft of characters from classic literature, ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', ''Franchise/TheMuppets'', ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'', ''Franchise/{{Star Wars}}'', [[Creator/{{Pixar}} Pixar's]] entire film library (though that at least is justified, as they distributed all of Pixar's films prior to buying them), everything related to Creator/{{ABC}}, Creator/{{ESPN}}, and Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox (including ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', everything created by Creator/SethMacFarlane and even, [[DarkerAndEdgier of all things]] both ''Franchise/Alien'' and ''Franchise/Predator''), and every single character published by Creator/MarvelComics. And that's not even beginning to mention their own prodigious stable of original characters and franchises.

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All joking aside, the Walt Disney company now owns or at least claims the rights to a whole raft of characters from classic literature, ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', ''Franchise/TheMuppets'', ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'', ''Franchise/{{Star Wars}}'', [[Creator/{{Pixar}} Pixar's]] entire film library (though that at least is justified, as they distributed all of Pixar's films prior to buying them), everything related to Creator/{{ABC}}, Creator/{{ESPN}}, and Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox (including ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', everything created by Creator/SethMacFarlane and even, [[DarkerAndEdgier of all things]] both ''Franchise/Alien'' ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' and ''Franchise/Predator''), ''Franchise/{{Predator}}''), and every single character published by Creator/MarvelComics. And that's not even beginning to mention their own prodigious stable of original characters and franchises.
17th Dec '17 12:39:48 AM SkidTroper
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All joking aside, the Walt Disney company now owns or at least claims the rights to a whole raft of characters from classic literature, ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', ''Franchise/TheMuppets'', ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'', ''Franchise/{{Star Wars}}'', [[Creator/{{Pixar}} Pixar's]] entire film library (though that at least is justified, as they distributed all of Pixar's films prior to buying them), everything related to Creator/{{ABC}}, Creator/{{ESPN}}, and Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox (including ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and everything created by Creator/SethMacFarlane), and every single character published by Creator/MarvelComics. And that's not even beginning to mention their own prodigious stable of original characters and franchises.

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All joking aside, the Walt Disney company now owns or at least claims the rights to a whole raft of characters from classic literature, ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', ''Franchise/TheMuppets'', ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'', ''Franchise/{{Star Wars}}'', [[Creator/{{Pixar}} Pixar's]] entire film library (though that at least is justified, as they distributed all of Pixar's films prior to buying them), everything related to Creator/{{ABC}}, Creator/{{ESPN}}, and Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox (including ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', everything created by Creator/SethMacFarlane), Creator/SethMacFarlane and even, [[DarkerAndEdgier of all things]] both ''Franchise/Alien'' and ''Franchise/Predator''), and every single character published by Creator/MarvelComics. And that's not even beginning to mention their own prodigious stable of original characters and franchises.



* Disney ran into this themselves when trying to release ''Film/TheAdventuresOfSharkboyAndLavagirl''. Turns out a Wrestling/{{WCW}}[=\=]Wrestling/{{TNA}} talent had already trademarked "Sharkboy". Eventually some kind of settlement was reached because the movie still came out. Good luck finding any Sharkboy wrestling videos on a Google search.

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* Disney ran into this themselves when trying to release ''Film/TheAdventuresOfSharkboyAndLavagirl''. Turns out a Wrestling/{{WCW}}[=\=]Wrestling/{{TNA}} talent had already trademarked "Sharkboy". Eventually some kind of settlement was reached because the movie still came out. out. Good luck finding any Sharkboy wrestling videos on a Google search.
14th Dec '17 1:59:07 PM SantosLHalper
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14th Dec '17 5:13:31 AM Midna
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All joking aside, the Walt Disney company now owns or at least claims the rights to a whole raft of characters from classic literature, ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', ''Franchise/TheMuppets'', ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'', ''Franchise/{{Star Wars}}'', [[Creator/{{Pixar}} Pixar's]] entire film library (though that at least is justified, as they distributed all of Pixar's films prior to buying them), everything related to Creator/{{ABC}}, Creator/{{ESPN}}, and Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, and every single character published by Creator/MarvelComics. And that's not even beginning to mention their own prodigious stable of original characters and franchises.

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All joking aside, the Walt Disney company now owns or at least claims the rights to a whole raft of characters from classic literature, ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', ''Franchise/TheMuppets'', ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'', ''Franchise/{{Star Wars}}'', [[Creator/{{Pixar}} Pixar's]] entire film library (though that at least is justified, as they distributed all of Pixar's films prior to buying them), everything related to Creator/{{ABC}}, Creator/{{ESPN}}, and Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox (including ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and everything created by Creator/SethMacFarlane), and every single character published by Creator/MarvelComics. And that's not even beginning to mention their own prodigious stable of original characters and franchises.
14th Dec '17 5:01:34 AM Midna
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All joking aside, the Walt Disney company now owns or at least claims the rights to a whole raft of characters from classic literature, ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', ''Franchise/TheMuppets'', ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'', ''Franchise/{{Star Wars}}'', [[Creator/{{Pixar}} Pixar's]] entire film library (though that at least is justified, as they distributed all of Pixar's films prior to buying them), everything related to Creator/{{ABC}} and Creator/{{ESPN}}, and every single character published by Creator/MarvelComics. And that's not even beginning to mention their own prodigious stable of original characters and franchises.

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All joking aside, the Walt Disney company now owns or at least claims the rights to a whole raft of characters from classic literature, ''Franchise/IndianaJones'', ''Franchise/TheMuppets'', ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'', ''Franchise/{{Star Wars}}'', [[Creator/{{Pixar}} Pixar's]] entire film library (though that at least is justified, as they distributed all of Pixar's films prior to buying them), everything related to Creator/{{ABC}} and Creator/{{ABC}}, Creator/{{ESPN}}, and Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox, and every single character published by Creator/MarvelComics. And that's not even beginning to mention their own prodigious stable of original characters and franchises.
9th Dec '17 5:12:03 PM CorahsUncle
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---> "Warning! Some people make the mistake of referring generically to icons as "smileys" or "smilies". This is an incorrect use of our "SMILEY®" trademark. Please make sure that you refer to "SMILEY®" only as a trademark for the icons (or other products and services) of SmileyWorld, Ltd.

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---> "Warning! Some people make the mistake of referring generically to icons as "smileys" or "smilies". This is an incorrect use of our "SMILEY®" trademark. Please make sure that you refer to "SMILEY®" only as a trademark for the icons (or other products and services) of SmileyWorld, [=SmileyWorld=], Ltd.



** It should be noted that colour trademarks are typically restricted only to competing organization. They do ''not'' restrict average people from using those colours in their artwork. So go ahead and paint your car "Barbie pink" with "HotWheels blue" polka-dots. Sure, it may garner you plenty of strange looks and chuckles - but it would not get you into any ''legal'' trouble.

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** It should be noted that colour trademarks are typically restricted only to competing organization. They do ''not'' restrict average people from using those colours in their artwork. So go ahead and paint your car "Barbie pink" with "HotWheels "[=HotWheels=] blue" polka-dots. Sure, it may garner you plenty of strange looks and chuckles - but it would not get you into any ''legal'' trouble.



** Similarly Donald Trump tried to trademark TheApprentice EliminationCatchphrase "You're fired!" So has a former contestant whom he fired. The application was turned down.

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** Similarly Similarly, Donald Trump tried to trademark TheApprentice ''Series/TheApprentice'' EliminationCatchphrase "You're fired!" So has a former contestant whom he fired. The application was turned down.



** Hasbro also lost the trademark to most of the G1 MyLittlePony characters' names due to lack of usage.

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** Hasbro also lost the trademark to most of the G1 MyLittlePony ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' characters' names due to lack of usage.



** A large part of it is that most "Photoshopping" is actually done using (the cheaper) Paint Shop Pro. The best way to piss off Adobe's lawyers is to say you photoshopped something in Paint.NET, Paint Shop Pro, etc.—or even in ''Adobe's own Photoshop Elements''. Similarly, saying that you Googled something on Yahoo is [[http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/10/do-you-google.html "Bad. Very, very bad"]].

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** A large part of it is that most "Photoshopping" is actually done using (the cheaper) Paint Shop Pro. The best way to piss off Adobe's lawyers is to say you photoshopped something in Paint.NET, Paint Shop Pro, Pixelmator, etc.—or even in ''Adobe's own Photoshop Elements''. Similarly, saying that you Googled something on Yahoo is [[http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/10/do-you-google.html "Bad. Very, very bad"]].



* Many real names are registered trade marks, including Creator/BeatrixPotter® and ElvisPresley®. Dead celebrities whose names get licensed a lot.

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* Many real names are registered trade marks, trademarks, including Creator/BeatrixPotter® and ElvisPresley®.Music/ElvisPresley®. Dead celebrities whose names get licensed a lot.



* NBC has trademarked its distinctive "dun DUN duhn..." three tone chime ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBFe1UDpytA&feature=related listen here]]).
* Similarly, Intel trademarked its "dun dun DUN duhn..." four tone chime (the one that accompanied the "Intel Inside" insignia, which was also trademarked.) ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHjKDdXCR3I Listen here]]).
** For that matter, Intel also trademarked the word "inside". Riverdale potato chips, sold only at Irving gas stations in Atlantic Canada, were abruptly discontinued sometime in the late [='90s=]/early [='00s=] because Intel took issue with the slogan on the bag, "Pride Inside".

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* NBC has trademarked its distinctive "dun DUN duhn..." three tone three-tone chime ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBFe1UDpytA&feature=related listen here]]).
* Similarly, Intel trademarked its "dun dun DUN duhn..." four tone four-tone chime (the one that accompanied the "Intel Inside" insignia, which was also trademarked.) ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHjKDdXCR3I Listen here]]).
** For that matter, Intel also trademarked the word "inside". Riverdale potato chips, sold only at Irving gas stations in Atlantic Canada, were abruptly discontinued sometime in the late [='90s=]/early [='00s=] 1990s/early 2000s because Intel took issue with the slogan on the bag, "Pride Inside".



* German comedian Hubertus Albers has trademarked his alter ego's name Atze Schröder. In an inversion, he actually sends cease-and-desist letters to people who use his ''real'' name (but oddly enough not the very trademark agency which shows it to everyone who asks).
* Just as silly is another German comedian, Mario Barth. He trademarked one of his slogans ("Nichts reimt sich auf Uschi" - "Nothing rhymes [the name] Uschi", a play on the easily found rhyme "Muschi" - "pussy"). So far so good, but unbeknownst to him the very same slogan had been used 20 years ago (albeit not trademarked) and printed on shirts by other comedians. He tried to sue people sporting those old shirts for copyright infringement.
* The [[http://www.digitaldeliftp.com/LookAround/advertspot_cocacola9.htm distinctively-contoured Coke bottle]] is trademarked to The Coca-Cola Company. They spent a lot of time designing a bottle that would be both instantly recognizable as a Coca-Cola container, nor mistakable as anything ''but'' a Coca-Cola bottle (''and'' wouldn't fall over; the original designs were unstable). Notice that even the plastic two-liter bottles of Coca-Cola (and other Coke Company products) resemble the famous contour bottle, while every other brand's two-liter bottles look alike, particularly plain, straight edges.

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* German comedian Hubertus Albers has trademarked his alter ego's name Atze Schröder. In an inversion, he actually sends cease-and-desist letters to people who use his ''real'' name (but oddly enough enough, not the very trademark agency which shows it to everyone who asks).
* Just as silly is another German comedian, Mario Barth. He trademarked one of his slogans ("Nichts reimt sich auf Uschi" - "Nothing rhymes [the name] Uschi", a play on the easily found rhyme "Muschi" - "pussy")."Muschi:pussy"). So far so good, but unbeknownst to him the very same slogan had been used 20 years ago (albeit not trademarked) and printed on shirts by other comedians. He tried to sue people sporting those old shirts for copyright infringement.
* The [[http://www.digitaldeliftp.com/LookAround/advertspot_cocacola9.htm distinctively-contoured distinctively contoured Coke bottle]] is trademarked to The Coca-Cola Company. They spent a lot of time designing a bottle that would be both instantly recognizable as a Coca-Cola container, nor mistakable as anything ''but'' a Coca-Cola bottle (''and'' wouldn't fall over; the original designs were unstable). Notice that even the plastic two-liter bottles of Coca-Cola (and other Coke Company products) resemble the famous contour bottle, while every other brand's two-liter bottles look alike, particularly plain, straight edges.



* The Susan G. Komen Foundation trademarked "for the cure" and the color pink with respect to breast cancer awareness related products -- not pink in general. But they have been known to sue small business and even other, but smaller, breast cancer charities that used the color pink or other general cancer charities that use the phrase "For the Cure", not knowing that Komen owns these trademarks.
* The Red Cross, by international treaty, owns the rights to a red cross. Using it in your video game to show medical supplies or TheMedic or in any other use is illegal. Prior to 1973, ambulances in the United States and elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere were typically marked with a safety orange cross, differing from the red cross only in its hue. Toys and paintings of ambulances commonly ignored even that nuance, instead using a red cross. After protests from the American Red Cross that the safety orange cross was insufficiently distinguishable from the protected Red Cross symbol, the U.S. Department of Transportation developed the Blue Star of Life as a replacement for the safety orange cross.

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* The Susan G. Komen Foundation trademarked "for the cure" and the color pink with respect to products related to breast cancer awareness related products -- not pink in general. But they have been known to sue small business and even other, but smaller, breast cancer charities that used the color pink or other general cancer charities that use the phrase "For the Cure", not knowing that Komen owns these trademarks.
* The Red Cross, by international treaty, owns the rights to a red cross. Using it in your video game to show medical supplies or TheMedic or in any other use is illegal. Prior to Before 1973, ambulances in the United States and elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere were typically marked with a safety orange cross, differing from the red cross only in its hue. Toys and paintings of ambulances commonly ignored even that nuance, instead using a red cross. After protests from the American Red Cross that the safety orange cross was insufficiently distinguishable from the protected Red Cross symbol, the U.S. Department of Transportation developed the Blue Star of Life as a replacement for the safety orange cross.
9th Dec '17 4:44:52 PM Tdarcos
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Trademarks belong to a category called "intellectual property rights", alongside similar concepts called copyrights and patents. A full discussion of their definitions and purpose is beyond the scope of this entry (we have a separatecomprehensive article explaining how trademarks works, [[UsefulNotes/{{Trademark}} click here for details]].), but the three terms all bear a common theme: They acknowledge creation or ownership of ''something'', and provide the owner with some control over how it gets used. If somebody else attempts to use it commercially without the owner's permission (often with an exchange of money involved for such permission), the owner can take them to court and sue for damages.

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Trademarks belong to a category called "intellectual property rights", alongside similar concepts called copyrights and patents. A full discussion of their definitions and purpose is beyond the scope of this entry (we have a separatecomprehensive article explaining how trademarks works, [[UsefulNotes/{{Trademark}} click here for details]].), details]]), but the three terms all bear a common theme: They acknowledge creation or ownership of ''something'', and provide the owner with some control over how it gets used. If somebody else attempts to use it commercially without the owner's permission (often with an exchange of money involved for such permission), the owner can take them to court and sue for damages.
9th Dec '17 4:44:01 PM Tdarcos
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Trademarks belong to a category called "intellectual property rights", alongside similar concepts called copyrights and patents. A full discussion of their definitions and purpose is beyond the scope of this entry (we have a separatecomprehensive article explaining how trademarks works [[UsefulNotes/{{Trademark}} click here]], but the three terms all bear a common theme: They acknowledge creation or ownership of ''something'', and provide the owner with some control over how it gets used. If somebody else attempts to use it commercially without the owner's permission (often with an exchange of money involved for such permission), the owner can take them to court and sue for damages.

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Trademarks belong to a category called "intellectual property rights", alongside similar concepts called copyrights and patents. A full discussion of their definitions and purpose is beyond the scope of this entry (we have a separatecomprehensive article explaining how trademarks works works, [[UsefulNotes/{{Trademark}} click here]], here for details]].), but the three terms all bear a common theme: They acknowledge creation or ownership of ''something'', and provide the owner with some control over how it gets used. If somebody else attempts to use it commercially without the owner's permission (often with an exchange of money involved for such permission), the owner can take them to court and sue for damages.
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