Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Trade Mark system just as broken as patent system

Boing Boing has an article showing how the trade mark system can be abused like the patent system. A trade mark that should never have been granted cost Ali Spagnola, a Pittsburgh artist, $30,000 to get it reversed. I have to really admire her for doing this because it was the right thing to do. She could have walked away from this fight easily but because she didn't someone who apparently richly deserved it lost his case and the ability to make money from appropriating an idea that wasn't really his to begin with. So now to celebrate her victory she has this IndieGoGo project for a PowerHour Freedom Victory Tour.