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Trademark Stupidity
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 14th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well...

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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