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Man sues to have ‘Google’ declared a generic word

Discussion in 'The OT' started by phrelin, May 29, 2012.

  1. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

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    If you've ever written here telling people to "Google" something, you've violated copyright law. So now we have this story:
     
  2. spartanstew

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    and Kleenex.
     
  3. fluffybear

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    When I started at Xerox back in 1997, I was forced to sit through an entire day class on this very subject.
     
  4. harsh

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    I think as long as Kleenex manages to cling to their trademark and Radio Shack hangs on to theirs (Radio Shack and Shack), Google should be golden.
     
  5. SayWhat?

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    I'm offended and I might sue on behalf of the Generic family.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103373/

    Bobby says so.

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  6. AntAltMike

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    My French Canadian relatives call a refrigerator, "the frigidare".
     
  7. Laxguy

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    Not necessarily Canadian! The "Frigidaire" is the name of a company owned by GM that was dominant for a while making electric "ice boxes"...Pause.... well, I googled it (hah, sue me!) and found this on wiki:

    Yeah, we called it the "fridge". Illinois ca. 1950-60
     
  8. spartanstew

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    That was his point.
     
  9. Laxguy

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    No, the arches are Golden, and also protected....:nono:

    Now, we won't see any ads for a very long time along the lines of "Use Bing for your google searches", it's harder to protect against the term being used "all wrong"....

    BTW, pass me the Northern Paper brand of tissues, o.k.? It's nothing to sneeze at, this whole passel of protected terms while you're TiVo'ing some VODs.
     
  10. Laxguy

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    Impressive! In addition to be all-knowing, you're clairvoyant!
     
  11. spartanstew

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    Nope, neither, but nobody went to wikipedia for Kleenex and Xerox.
     
  12. markfp

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    That's why companies aggressively fight to protect their trademarks There's a little burger joint in my town that for something like fifty years, had a burger on the menu called "the whopper". Burger King found out and sued and won. Same thing with a coffee shop called Federal Expresso. FedEx went after them and forced them to change the name.

    It's not that either company was worried about losing business to a tiny little local shop. They were fighting for their respective trademarks.If they don't do that they stand a good chance of their trademark going into the public domain.
     
  13. Laxguy

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

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    Ah, the clairvoyance again! :sure: And most know those stories I bet, and Frigidaire isn't a copyright protection story of any note.

    I went wiki on this to check spelling and my memory, and thought some of the b/g on that might be interesting to others.
     
  14. harsh

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    We need to be mindful of the distinction between trademarks and copyrights.
     

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