Google Sending Cease And Desist Letters Just For Using Google Logo
from the morons-in-a-hurry dept
Well, we know that Google gets dragged into bogus trademark lawsuits all the time, but that doesn’t mean Google should be making bogus trademark claims itself. The latest is that the company’s lawyers sent a cease & desist letter to a guy for using the Google logo on an informative site where it was explained how to get your business listed on various search engines. While it is true that you need to protect your trademark or risk losing it, it’s ridiculous to think that this is a case where the trademark is being infringed or needs to be “protected.” Google’s complaint is that this somehow might confuse people into believing the site was associated with Google and lessens Google’s ability to make money. If we pull out the ever popular moron in a hurry test, we find that Google’s claims don’t stand up. No moron in a hurry is going to think the site is officially associated with Google. As for hurting Google’s ability to make money, this is a site that will get more people to use Google — which is Google’s exact defense when newspapers flip out about Google linking to them.