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Discussion: An Army of One, Autism in SF
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msstacy13 From: msstacy13 Date: January 12th, 2013 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Forgive me if I've mentioned this previously,
or if you knew it already, but
"An Army of One" is probably a trademark of the US Army.
That would only matter if you use it as a published title.
mdlbear From: mdlbear Date: January 12th, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
... and maybe not even then, since titles and trademarks cover different areas, and IP law involving the US government is different in many ways.
msstacy13 From: msstacy13 Date: January 12th, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
haikujaguar had a problem with amazon recently;
the title of a book coincidentally contained a trademark,
so amazon wouldn't sell it,
even though it was ~not~ a trademark infringement.

So I'm just sayin' if authors avoid putting trademarks in titles,
amazon won't have an issue, and the authors won't have a problem.
From: technoshaman Date: January 12th, 2013 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
"An Army of One" has prior-work... it was used on the poster for "The Outlaw Josey Wales". Rush Limbaugh has also used it as part of a book title (2011) and it was also the name of a 1993 Dolph Lundgren B-movie.

I don't think there's going to be much of a problem.
mdlbear From: mdlbear Date: January 13th, 2013 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
The US government is prohibited from owning patents or copyrights; don't know what the law is on trademarks. And you can't copyright a title in any case.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 13th, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I appreciate those tips. A quick search showed that that "An Army of One" is in widespread use as a title, so I'm considering a subtitle such as "An Army of One: The Autistic Secession in Space."
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 13th, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

Thanks for pointing this out. I discovered that "An Army of One" is in widespread use as a title, so I'm considering a subtitle such as "An Army of One: The Autistic Secession in Space."
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 13th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hmm...

A quick search online reveals that many people are using "An Army of One" as a title, including on things for sale, and that it predates military use. So that part probably is not a problem.

Another flaw that I didn't think about before this, however, is that searching "An Army of One" will probably not put my poetic series on the first page of search results like, say, "Kung Fu Robots" does. So it occurs to me that a subtitle might help clarify what I'm doing here, without losing the subtle implications and easy recognition of a famous phrase.

What do folks think about "An Army of One: The Autistic Secession in Space" as a series title?
msstacy13 From: msstacy13 Date: January 13th, 2013 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm...

It's always good to check.
As I understand it,
the main reason anyone defends a trademark aggressively
is that the right to do so is lost the first time you fail to.
So, yes, if it's appearing in other titles uncontested, you're safe.

And I think the, ummm, subtitle(?) is an improvement.
You retain the original catchiness while giving some insight.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 14th, 2013 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm...

Thank you for the input!
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