colinian Posted March 5, 2014 Report Share Posted March 5, 2014 I was at my desk eating my lunch today and trolling the web when I saw an item posted on Language Log about common phrases like "student life" being trademarked for any use related to education — by universities. I thought it was worth posting here because these universities are aggressively going after anyone using their trademarked phrases. That includes us as writers, the sites where we post our stories, if we're lucky enough to get the stories printed the publishers could be sued, etc. Here are some amusingly used in the closing paragraph of the item: It is depressing to see universities acting like the trademark analog of patent trolls. Let's all use as many of the above phrases as we can, to reduce to absurdity their claims that they are trademarks. C'mon, be the difference! With only first year experience, we can do this, one course at a time. We're conquering trademark hoarding; working toward a world without patent trolls. With imagination beyond measure, maybe we can cure violence and students with diabetes too. You never know. Tomorrow starts here. Colin Quote Link to comment
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