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    "Space Marines" Now A Trademarked Phrase

    Games Workshop has decided they own the term "Space Marines."

    Frickin' unbelievable.

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    Doesn't surprise me even a little... ever since GW took on the more "corporate" feel they've slowly been going down hill. Hell the US president of GW wants to have Games Day in Tennessee instead of Baltimore.
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    Didn't Lucas try this with 'stormtroopers' years ago?
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    How many existing books are now going to require checking their trademarked reference, because they used this term?

    I think Tanya Huff uses it extensively in her Confederation series.
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    Code Monkeys used this term first. Maybe they should sue.
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    Can this even be enforced, considering that, as Gilroy said, the term predates Warhammer and has appeared in quite a bit of media?
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    Quote Originally Posted by leahzero View Post
    Can this even be enforced, considering that, as Gilroy said, the term predates Warhammer and has appeared in quite a bit of media?
    Based on that wikipedia article, they'll be going against Heinlen's estate... And the people who created the movie Avatar... Ew!
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    All I'm going to say is that expressing my feelings on this subject to the fullest extent would involve far too many profanities.

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    In their last email to me, Games Workshop stated that they believe that their recent entrée into the e-book market gives them the common law trademark for the term “space marine” in all formats.
    Is there really such a thing as "common law trademark?" Did Games Workshop not actually register it as an official trademark as the USPTO?
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    Uggghhh .... and this is why I switched to independent miniature companies. GW has forgotten when they proudly published pics of tanks made out of deodorant bottles and other companies' model kits.
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    In their last email to me, Games Workshop stated that they believe that their recent entrée into the e-book market gives them the common law trademark for the term “space marine” in all formats.
    Really? So because my current story has "dryads" in it, if I get it published, no one else can ever write about dryads ever again?

    Seriously, how freaking stupid can these idiots be?!

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    Well, considering how Super-Hero is owned jointly by DC and Marvel, I'm not surprised.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rugcat View Post
    Games Workshop has decided they own the term "Space Marines."

    Frickin' unbelievable.

    http://haikujaguar.livejournal.com/1...5739#t24685739
    GW has been sue happy for a while now. It's a shame, really. I still enjoy a lot of their old games, but they are becoming less and less friendly to their fan base all the time.

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    Oh great, now we have to write about "Space Naval Infantry."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilroy Cullen View Post
    Based on that wikipedia article, they'll be going against Heinlen's estate... And the people who created the movie Avatar... Ew!
    Heh, I wish them luck with that. Actually I don't, I hope they lose their Shirt (tm) on it, but you know what I mean.

    There, I used the word "shirt" in online media, with a capital letter and everything, so it's now my common law trade mark.

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    This is just doubly infuriating because Hogarth is such a sweetheart. I mean, it'd be awful if they did it to ANYBODY, of course, but she so doesn't deserve to have to deal with this sort of bullying.

    Scalzi and Popehat have both taken up the cry, though, so I'm really hoping they don't get away with this.

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    They can claim all they want that they have been protecting the term, but - even without searching - I can think of dozens of instances of the use of "Space Marines" from the 90s and 00s. Anyways, it is about as generic a term as I can think of.
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    Did Amazon even ask for proof of trademark or just decide to accept the Big Guy's word over the Little Guy's?
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    GW could have a boycott and public relations nightmare with this, if they are not careful. Once Scalzi and Popehat are involved, Doctorow and Whedon are not far behind, as well as an unflattering mention on 'The Big Bang Theory'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilyWhite View Post
    Really? So because my current story has "dryads" in it, if I get it published, no one else can ever write about dryads ever again?

    Seriously, how freaking stupid can these idiots be?!
    It works for the Olympics. Try using *that* ancient term commercially.
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