I think what she's thinking is that any publicity is good publicity. She's evidently about to embark on making a movie of one her books which she will not only direct but act in as well, and many think this was just a stunt to help boost her crowdfunding effort for that. Except innocent people are being hurt by this little stunt.
Wow...I'm flabbergasted!!!! I tried watching the video, but she annoyed me so I couldn't....I just could.not.listen.to.her.
Yup. Since at least the mid-90s. Understaffed, underfunded, overworked.
Jenny Trout live tweeted the whole video so we don't have to watch it all.
We, as a country, have underfunded the Trademark and Patent office for decades. That's why this sort of crap gets through.
What if someone TM the word Brother, or Cowboy, or Duke? QUOTE]
Well, if someone tried to TM the word 'Duke', legions of John Wayne fans rise up in righteous wrath. And, if he didn't try to TM 'The Duke', ain't some writer gonna get away with doin' it now.
As for TMing 'Brother' - see any of various monastic orders.
The Dallas Cowboys can take care of themselves. As can Western songwriters - wanna be mocked at the Grammies?
I did notice that amazon isn't treating everyone the same, Vi Keeland/Penelope Ward's book "Cocky Bastard" is still up with its original title.
So very glad they're doing this. The further this thing goes, the more I worry about the very real danger of like-minded authors in other genres trying the same stunt.
It truly reminds me of that Jeff Foxworthy song, "Here's your sign". What in the world would possess her to make a 1hr+ video of her ranting? It's just mind-boggling. I think she's a prime example of why having a community to support you is important in writing, a place where writers can point blank say....that's a bad idea don't do it. If she belonged to AW maybe she would've asked "should I do this?" before doing it....then the members here would've given her some honest feedback AND she would've spared others some heartache in having to relaunch already published materials.
†1. Lecherous. Obs.
1549 W. Thomas Hist. Italie f. 127v He was not cockie enough to satisfie hir appetite.
2. ‘Vain, affecting airs of importance’ (Jamieson); conceited; arrogantly pert. colloq. (Cf. cocksy adj.)
1768 A. Ross Fortunate Shepherdess 150 (Jam.) And now I think I may be cocky, Since fortune has smurtled on me.
1846 J. B. Morris Let. in M. Pattison Memoirs 222 People say that converts are ‘cocky’.
1858 R. S. Surtees Ask Mamma xxv. 95 This might have been all very well..if the cocky Major had had plenty of money.
1863 C. Kingsley Water-babies iii. 101 He looked the cockiest little man of all little men.
Now I'm not sure, but I read somewhere that this doesn't apply in Canada, this TM is only valid in the USA.
I just read about that too. Reviews of books not even in the romance genre, being removed for containing the word cocky.
How the actual fuck is this being allowed to happen?