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Don't Sue Me, Bro... Taser Drops Suit Against Second Life

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| TASER International has - at least for now - dropped a trademark infringement 
| suit against Linden Lab, which operates Second Life. 


Judge rejects fair use defense as Tenenbaum P2P trial begins

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| Hours before the second P2P file-sharing trial in the US gets underway, the 
| judge finally rules that defendant Joel Tenenbaum cannot claim "fair use" in 
| the case. The proposed defense would be "so broad it would swallow the 
| copyright protections that Congress has created," she wrote.   



Trademark Insanity

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| It's bad enough that we have to deal with struggles over the use of
| trademarks that have become generic terms, like "Xerox" and "Coke", and
| trademarks that were already generic terms among specialists, such
| as "Windows", but a new low in trademarking has been reached by the joint
| efforts of Dell and the US Patent and Trademark Office. Cyndy Aleo-Carreira
| reports that Dell has applied for a trademark on the term "cloud computing".
| The opposition period has already passed and a notice of allowance has been
| issued. That means that it is very likely that the application will soon
| receive final approval.
| [...]
| In other words, this is a pure example of theft from the public domain.
| Speakers of English have a term, "cloud computing", which the US government
| is on the verge of privatizing and assigning exclusively to Dell. Other
| companies providing similar services will not be able to describe what they
| are doing as "cloud computing" anymore than Nike will be able to describe its
| shoes as Reeboks.


Infringing On Wolverine?

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| Do me a favour folks - have a look at the screengrabs posted here (do feel
| free to view them larger by clicking on them) and tell me if any of these
| images even remotely refer to or is connect in any visual way to the upcoming


Taser Sues Second Life Virtual World Creator Over Gun Sales

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| Taser International Inc. filed a trademark-infringement lawsuit against the
| Second Life online virtual world creator over claims it sells unauthorized
| virtual versions of its electric stun guns.


Taser Sues Second Life For Having Virtual Tasers


Ubuntu Satanic Store issue cleared up

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| OK, I checked into it and I have managed to clear this up. Some kind of
| mistake occured and the Ubuntu Satanic Edition folks should not have got that
| letter. I spoke with our trademarks folks and they will be sending them an
| explicit trademark license as their merch is clearly under parody, which we
| are indeed cool about in the trademark license. Rock on!


Ninth Lawsuit Against Google Over AdWords--Rosetta Stone v. Google

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