Jim Holman (jrholman@POSTBOX.ACS.OHIO-STATE.EDU)
Mon, 26 Aug 1996 11:45:26 -0400
While I know we don't like the idea of big old nasty ASCAP and others
ganging up on poor girl scouts, it is important to remember that if a
copyright or trademark holder does not defend its copyright or trademark,
they stand a good chance of losing them. Examples -- Parker Brothers lost
the trademark of "Monopoly" because they did not protest when other people
used it.. other trademarks have crept into standard speech as well -- jello,
So you can be sure that Disney corp, for example, and others will vigorously
go after anyone who uses any of their trademarked images with FIRST
obtaining permission which they may grant. Our hospital's children's ward
had to repaint a mural done by a well-meaning local artist because it
included trademarked images.
There is a camp run by a private foundation for scouting in our district.
We vigorously protest some of the trails being used by locals as a short-cut
between farms because as one of our lawyer members points out, if we allow
them to use the trails as a 'road' for a certain length of time, then they
have the RIGHT to use it and we can't stop them then if we want to.
So protecting what is yours is important if you want to retain ownership.
For good publicity, I don't see why ASCAP doesn't 'give' Happy Birthday and
God BLess America to the public.
Jim Holman /
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