On Sat, May 31, 1997 at 09:32:29PM -0700, Kynn Bartlett wrote:
> At 09:05 PM 5/31/97 -0700, Roger B.A. Klorese wrote:
> >...As is "Windows", the trademark for Microsoft on which has been upheld
> >in courts repeatedly.
> > [...]
> >There are big differences between *similar* names and *identical* ones
> >from a legal perspective.
> Both good points. But, if Brent Chapman/Great Circle doesn't have
> a trademark on majordomo -- as I'm told they don't -- does that make
> both points moot?
Most assuredly not. BC/GCA have a clear prior use claim, which, in my
opinion, they should assert by first sending a "cease and desist"
letter. If they don't, the ***** opportunists at majordomo.com will
muddy the waters about majordomo forever, especially if, as they
claim, they are producing a commercial product based on it, and
eventually they may even claim the name.
What the people at majordomo.com are doing is worse than unethical.
It is theft.
It doesn't cost that much to do a trademark -- a few hundred dollars
and a couple days work. NOLO Press has the information, of course
There was an interesting case recently where some scumbag actually
trademarked "linux". Registering a trademark when you don't have
rights to it is apparently a *criminal* offense, and the Patents &
Trademarks Office will file charges.
Kent Crispin "No reason to get excited",
email@example.com the thief he kindly spoke...
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