by Mike Masnick
Tue, Aug 11th 2009 2:48am
We all know that Monster Cable has a long history of being overly aggressive when it comes to trademarks, but it's not the only trademark "monster" out there. Apparently, Toho, the owners of the trademark on the monster Godzilla are equally, if not more aggressive. In Godzilla's latest battle, he's not taking on Mothra, but Comcast. Apparently, Comcast is running some sort of ad campaign for "Comcast Town" which looks sorta like its own version of Sim City. But within this Town, there's a monster that will sometimes stop by and destroy things... and (yup) that monster bears a passing resemblance to Godzilla, and Toho is not happy. And, apparently, you don't want to make Godzilla's lawyers angry (yes, mixing fictional angry character tag lines here...). Comcast, for its part, denies that the character is Godzilla, though Toho doesn't buy it. Of course, you might ask where's the actual "harm" here, as it would seem to only help advertise Godzilla and Godzilla movies -- though, Toho would likely argue that the harm is in Comcast not licensing the character (or the potential idea that this makes Godzilla "generic").
If you liked this post, you may also be interested in...
- Dear US Olympic Committee: Tweeting About The Olympics Is Never Trademark Infringement
- Amazon, Cable Industry Molest The Definition Of Copyright In Ongoing Scuff Up Over Cable Box Reform
- Running Out Of Puns: Get Ready For The Damn To Burst On Craft Beer Trademark Disputes
- Miami Brewing Co. Sends Cease And Desist To M.I.A. Beer Co. Over Trademark Concerns
- Comcast Expands Usage Caps, Still Pretending This Is A Neccessary Trial Where Consumer Opinion Matters