Access Copyright Claims Trademark On The Copyright Symbol

from the you-have-to-be-kidding-me dept

Okay. This is just insane. Via Howard Knopf, we learn that Canadian copyright licensing agency Access Copyright is claiming to hold the trademark on the classic copyright symbol: ©. You can see it in their new website:
While there are three TMs in the image, at least two of them (top logo and in the righthand column) appear to be on the copyright symbol itself. You can see one directly here:
Are they serious? I mean, I recognize that maximalists believe strongly in copyright, patents and trademarks together... but it still seems insane that a group like Access Copyright would make a totally ridiculous trademark claim on the © symbol.

Filed Under: canada, copyright, copyright symbol, trademark
Companies: access copyright


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    RD, 19 May 2011 @ 8:48am

    The cows have come home to roost

    Well, this can hardly be all that surprising. When you push and create "education campaigns" and try to brainwash everyone into believing that you can own ANY idea or expression, then blatant overreach like this is going to be a natural outcome.

    It's like when you are told "ignorance of the law is no excuse" over and over with a blunt hammer, but when a cop pulls a gun on a guy lawfully carrying a holstered gun where its allowed and has the proper permits for it, threatening to kill him if he doesnt comply with a raving lunatic who doesnt even KNOW its legal, you dont really have the credibility to turn around and say "ah, the cop didnt know the LAW, so he was just being careful. No big." Sorry, it doesnt wash.

    You cant have these things both ways, and you cant go around hammering "sharing is THEFT!" and "I OWN that idea!" and expect any less than massive and illegal overreach like we see here.

    I cant wait for the RIAA or some other org to come after me for selling my own music that I own the copyright on. They dont represent me, I never gave them assignment to work on my behalf, they have no right. But watch, it will start happening soon. They will make a massive land-grab and try to get laws enacted that will make it de facto that if its music, they represent it, regardless.

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