Games Workshop trademark bullying goes thermonuclear: now they say you can’t use “space marine” in science fiction
From Boing Boing:
For years, there have been stories about Games Workshop being trademark bullies and sending threats to people who use the term “space marine” in connection with games. But now that they’ve started publishing ebooks, Games Workshop has begun to assert a trademark on the generic, widely used, very old term “space marine” in connection with science fiction literature.
MCA Hogarth, an author who has published several novels in ebook form, has had her book “Spots the Space Marine” taken down on Amazon in response to a legal threat from Games Workshop.
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* Amazon didn’t have to honor the takedown notice. Takedown notices are a copyright thing, a creature of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. They don’t apply to trademark claims. This is Amazon taking voluntary steps that are in no way required in law.
Link to the rest at Boing Boing and thanks to SGL and many others for the tip.