Wednesday, November 24, 2010

How can you trademark 'face' and 'book'?

After their successful prosecution of Teachbook.com for infringing trademark restrictions and 'riding on the coat-tails of the fame and enormous goodwill of the Facebook trademark', the omnipotent internet phenomenon is now making moves to trademark the word 'face'.

Bizarre.

Perhaps the Church of England should issue a trademark 'Notice of Allowance' to protect the integrity of the name 'Jesus'. And anyone who attempts to misrepresent His teachings or 'ride on the coat-tails of the fame and enormous goodwill' of the Head of the Church of England ought to be prosecuted, fined and imprisoned to the maximum that the law of trademark infringment permits.

14 Comments:

Blogger Anabaptist said...

Actually, the C of E's alleged exclusive possession of the name and teachings of Jesus in this country was enforced by law against dissenters and Roman Catholics until the 18th century. A well-known victim was John Bunyan, imprisoned for preaching without a licence.

In earlier times, the legal enforcement of exclusive possession of Christian truth was branded rather deeply on your namesake, Cranny.

So perhaps we'd better not go there.

I'm thinking of starting up a site called 'acebo'. Do you think they'll do me for it?

24 November 2010 at 15:03  
Anonymous Michael Fowke said...

That rubbish Daybreak TV programme seems to be using the Facebook design as well for its logo.

24 November 2010 at 16:19  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Yet another mind numbing account you have to have passwords for that hand over your personal details and allow mass profile constructions .
I dont who is racing to be champion of the Turin test , but I find it very worrying , I keep trying to imagine what it will look like when completed , face recognition entry to buldings , cashpoints , checkouts , benefits .
Then the further questions about your every movement being recorded , what items you like , streaming simliar adds to your browser for yet more seductions to purchase goods .
I rather wish someone had thought to question where all this was going much earlier on , as I am unsure if it isnt some sort of eternal tyranny of nudge theory and totalitarian subconcious persuasion and somthing perhaps were were not made to be like .
It never sleeps , and i would argue its quality is all together different from a living faith .

It is subject I am still trying to think through , but its ominpresence cant help but have freedom implications let alone the ideas on what this Information tech system does not teach .

24 November 2010 at 17:12  
Anonymous JayBee said...

This looks similar to the Toys 'R' Us squabble over companies jumping on the on the 'R' Us bandwagon.

Perhaps His Grace should trademark 'Cranmer' before some rotter materialises as Cardinal Cranmer or resuscitates Ayatollah Cranmer(pbuh) who once was, but now is not.

24 November 2010 at 17:55  
Anonymous Gerard Tibercross said...

Your Grace

Intellectual Property laws in the US are quite unlike those of anywhere else in the world (except maybe Japan). They will patent, trademark or brand anything, but those prtections simply don't apply outise the US.

There is one consoling fact in this otherwise depressing story. My learned friends will make a mint. I'm unlikely to enjoy any of the gravy myself, but we live in hope.

Gerard Tibercross

24 November 2010 at 19:20  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Having watched the highly enjoyable movie The Social Network I can see just how obsessively neurotic Mr Zuckerberg is, but as he is only 26 years old his immaturity is to be expected.

24 November 2010 at 19:30  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Be warned, srizals has, it is rumoured, sole legal right to 'Arseface'!

24 November 2010 at 19:45  
Blogger haddock said...

have a look on the royal Mail site.... they have a TM on 'Special Delivery' and 'Post Office' among others.... they haven't a TM on Letters yet but I expect they are working on it.

24 November 2010 at 21:39  
Blogger Span Ows said...

Facewank...Wankbook...yes I see what they mean.

Please excuse use of expletives YG.

24 November 2010 at 23:51  
Blogger Graham Davis said...

I am tempted to register GodBook on your behalf. Slogan: “The social network that transcends time, space and even death”. I doubt that even Mr Zuckerman would dare to challenge it!

25 November 2010 at 09:18  
Blogger Caedmon's Cat said...

This morning I stumbled across an article in 'El Pais' about a new social networking site called 'Diaspora' currently being trialled; it's intended to be everything that Farce©book isn't. It intends to make privacy its priority, and give the user the right to retain ownership of uploaded material. I wish them success; as soon as I can I'm going to change my allegiance - as only cats can do.

25 November 2010 at 10:35  
Blogger srizals said...

Nope, I'm not taking what is rightly yours Oswin. It would have been rude.

25 November 2010 at 19:07  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Too late srizals, you are always too late ....

26 November 2010 at 02:44  
Blogger srizals said...

Well, better late than never Oswin.

26 November 2010 at 10:03  

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