I was intrigued, since I received a Cease and Desist comment today regarding a couple of words I used. They just happen to be the name of a magazine, and supposedly, I’m not allowed to use them in conversation. Uh, yeah. Anyway, I found a great resource in plain language, describing some of the legal issues we bloggers should know about.
Here’s something I learned about Trademarks today:
From Chilling Effects.org
“Sometimes, you might use a trademark without even knowing someone claims it as a trademark. That is permitted as long as you’re not making commercial use in the same category of goods or services for which the trademark applies. Anyone can sell diesel fuel even though one company has trademarked DIESEL for jeans. Only holders of “famous” trademarks, like CocaCola, can stop use in all categories, but even they can’t block non-commercial uses of their marks.”
Also, you can report your C&D letter to Chilling Effects and they will log it in their database, and “help present the issues as lawyers think about them and answer general questions.”
By the way, anyone usiong the words “real life” in your writing: You’ll be receiving a scary comment from me soon 😉