Frugalista! Frugalista! Frugalista! Now... Where's My Cease And Desist?

from the this-is-getting-silly dept

The term "frugalista" is apparently quite popular, such that the word has even been defined by the Oxford English Dictionary. There are a bunch of bloggers who write about "frugal living" who refer to themselves as "frugalistas." It was a nice little community... until a trademark claim entered into the mess. William alerts us to the news that a blogger (who established her blog long after the word was in common usage) has trademarked the term and is having her lawyer send cease-and-desist letters to other bloggers who refer to themselves as frugalistas. A US News reporter asked the woman's lawyer how it could possibly make sense that she could go after people who used the term before her client did, and the lawyer's response was:
"they all have to stop now."
Except... no. That's not quite how trademark works. But, once again, in a society where people think they get to claim ownership of whatever they want, we end up in silly situations like this. Hopefully the threatened bloggers are able to stand up to the bullying frugalista. Who knew that living the frugalista lifestyle included trademark infringement suits?

Filed Under: blogging, frugalista, trademark


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    Anonymous1, 24 Sep 2009 @ 10:05am

    Yes, BTW, I realize the irony of expounding on free expression, whilst telling JD to kindly STFU. The point is his characterization of free speech as "cyber-bullying", leaves him no leg to stand on. Absurd, obscene, and outrageously false, are my responses to that lawyerly take on the "cyber-bulling" going on here. Hey JD post your full REAL first and last name, and contact info. I'm sure you have no vested interest in the case, and are just the internet's version of under-dog, saving polly pure-heart from the dastardly clutches of free speech. A$$HOLE.

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