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Trademark Stupidity
 It really aggravates me when people trademark parts of language that they did not make up, and then abuse said trademark by claiming that it applies to things which are not listed in their paperwork.

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catsittingstill From: catsittingstill Date: December 14th, 2012 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree. Before you can saw something out of the language and reserve it to yourself, it has to be something you created that is unique to you.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 14th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)


Ideally, yes. In practice, you can skive off with whatever you can get paperwork for. In this case, "space marine" was already in use decades before their game came out, and they trademarked it anyway. This is what leads so many people to ignore the laws routinely, and then we have worse chaos than if there were no laws on trademark or copyright. AND there's no way to protect the public domain.

I swear, they're worse than pirates. The pirates at least fling loot to everyone while robbing the content producers. The megacorps are more like dragons. They give a pittance to the producers, then sit on a giant mound of loot screaming "MINE! YOU CAN'T HAVE ANY!"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 14th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)


That ... would explain a lot.
cat_sanctuary From: cat_sanctuary Date: December 14th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dittos, and best wishes to Haikujaguar...if I were going to read anything about space marines, it would be hers!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 14th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)


It's particularly ironic in this case because the entire evolution of that storyline is documented. It started with exercising on an elliptical, which reminded haikujaguar of powered armor ... I think she actually mentioned Heinlein at one point, along with some assorted military history nonfiction she was reading.
thnidu From: thnidu Date: December 15th, 2012 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
They are
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 15th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC) (Link)


A whole isotope of hydrogen unto themselves.
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