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It’s been a while since the Lab went near the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a fresh trademark registration, but it went back again in March, and I tossed it into my slush pile, where it has sat for some time now, waiting for me to get to it.

There’s not really a whole lot to go on here, anyway. Not much more than a name.

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According to Examiner.com, the USMC (the United States Marine Corps) “has filed a DMCA (Digital Millenium[sic] Copyright Act) notice against several Second Life residents who were recreating artifacts and uniforms bearing the USMC logo.”

Now, the USMC absolutely does have intellectual property rights to a number of distinctive marks and logos. The problem here, is that the USMC is claiming trademark infringement, and trademarks are not covered under the DMCA 512(c) process. That process is for copyrights only, and to use it for trademarks is improper and ‘abusive’ (that is, that it is a misuse – called an ‘abuse’ – of copyright law).

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If you’ve been following the development of Second Life mesh features, you’ll recall that there are two requirements to be able to upload meshes. The first is payment information, and the second is completing a quiz.

That quiz is now online in beta.

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spinmagthumb Eric Rice (whom you may also know better as Spin Martin) has gotten a cease-and-desist letter from Spin Magazine insisting that he give up his twitter name.

At issue is Rice’s twitter handle @spin. Spin Magazine (twitter handle: @spinmagazine) apparently feels that this is a case of trademark infringement. That is that their trademark and their ‘good’ name is being harmed by this, on the apparent basis that their readers just aren’t very smart.


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