Friday, June 03, 2005

Copyright Infringement Fun
In 1998, University of Iowa professor Kembrew McLeod trademarked the phrase "Freedom of Expression" and created a zine with that title. He enlisted a friend, Brendan Love, to pose as the publisher of an imaginary punk rock magazine also called Freedom of Expression, whom he then pretended to sue. McLeod hired a lawyer and didn't let her in on the hoax. The lawyer sent a cease-and-desist letter to Love:
We represent Kembrew McLeod of Sunderland, Massachusetts, the owner of the federally registered trademark, FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION ... Your company has been using the mark Freedom of Expression ... Such use creates a likelihood of confusion in the market and also creates a substantial risk of harm to the reputation and goodwill of our client. This letter, therefore, constitutes formal notice of your infringement of our client’s trademark rights and a demand that you refrain from all further use of Freedom of Expression.:
Shortly thereafter, the Daily Hampshire Gazette ran an interview with McLeod. He played it straight, telling the paper, "I didn't go to the trouble, the expense and the time of trademarking Freedom of Expression just to have someone else come along and think they can use it whenever they want." Two years later, when McLeod asked to reprint the Gazette article in his book Owning Culture, the paper denied him permission.
(Reprinted without permission...)

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Tim Blair - Continuing Crisis in The Bulletin
"The United Nations celebrates its 60th anniversary this month. Mark the occasion in appropriate style by appeasing any neighbourhood dictators, imposing damaging environmental restrictions on local employers, and entering into lucrative oil sales agreements with murderers."

The link to Tim's blog is on the left. Professor Bunyip writes another blog with Tasty Down Under Flavor... Another tube, Bruce!