Sep 202010
 September 20, 2010  Online

Mike Masnick writes:

…. Reader darus67 points us to the the website of one Dr. Ann De Wees Allen, who makes it quite clear she has a trademark on her name, and anyone using it without permission will be in trouble….

Read more on TechDirt.

I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry when I read such stories, but I usually laugh.

A few weeks ago, two of my blogs (this one included) received legal threat notices over copyright infringement. The alleged infringement was that the blogs referred to the sender by name in excerpting a news story in a mainstream media source about her conviction for medical identity theft. She apparently thought that no one can use her name without her permission.

Unfortunately, I expect we’ll continue to see more of these ridiculous claims.

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