Steve K. stevek at SHORE.NET
Thu Jun 1 21:21:57 UTC 2000

On Thu, 1 Jun 2000 jester at PANIX.COM wrote:

> Companies all the time have statements like the one quoted here
> before--"So-and-so is a trademark and you cannot blah blah blah"--
> and these statements are, in general, legally meaningless [I am
> not a lawyer, but I'm told thus by those who are]. Still, if you
> know that by including so-and-so in your dictionary, or using it
> generically in published writing, you'll get a huge stack of
> legal documents FedExed--whoops, sent--to you, it does have a
> certain chilling effect.

Which relates to the dicey legal issue of entering words like
"McJob," which McDonalds does not look kindly on.

Didn't Hormel lose the suit when they took on the Muppets for using an
evil pigbeast name Spa'am?

--- Steve K.

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