Sunday, August 16, 2015

Privatizing the English Language

It's only a matter of time before the English language is wholly trademarked up to its eyeballs and we have to go looking for another language that isn't owned by massive corporations seeking to protect their interests. But you probably think I'm exaggerating.

If only.

Now, I may be getting a bit ahead of myself, but it's not like there's a master list of all the common-use words that have trademarks on them. No, instead, you have to search for them manually and individually on the USPTO website.

How did I find this out? A little innocent bumper sticker design I had a friend cook up, never seen the like before (and trust me, I've checked) only to discover there's a blanket trademark on the word, and my screenprinter is too fearful of lawsuits.

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  1. That is absolutely insane. What, are we going to have to start saying "trademarked by *company*" every time we speak, soon?

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    1. Hopefully not, but with Google switching its umbrella name to "Alphabet," who knows what we're going to start calling the collection of letters that make up our written language.

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