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(Minneapolis Star Tribune)   Hormel files suit against software company for damaging the good name of Spam   ( divider line
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2003-07-02 04:44:57 PM  
2003-07-02 04:45:52 PM  
eh! I don't like spam.
2003-07-02 04:45:56 PM  
I would like to file a suit against Hormel for damaging the good name of pr0no email.
2003-07-02 04:45:59 PM  
And, I will be filinig a suit against the Hormel company for damaging the good funtioning of my colon.
2003-07-02 04:46:15 PM  
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Can't say I blame them.
2003-07-02 04:46:23 PM  
Damage the good name of Spam? Nooooo!

For the record, I like Spam. And I'm not even Hawaiian.
2003-07-02 04:46:28 PM  
2003-07-02 04:46:55 PM  
Damaging the company's reputation and good name? Have they ever tasted their own product?
2003-07-02 04:47:18 PM  
I don't like spam, but that packing jelly is yummy
2003-07-02 04:48:15 PM  
I dont like newbies
and I dont eat spam
got me a 100 gigabytes of ram.

-Its all about the Pentiums.
2003-07-02 04:48:53 PM  
spam-its pink and its oval
spam-you buy it in chernoble

/save ferris
2003-07-02 04:48:53 PM  
Hormel Chili, the mans laxative!!! I think the "meat" in Hormel chili is actually cut up Spam!!
2003-07-02 04:48:55 PM  
Spam (tm) has been pretty lighthearted about the use of their name. Methinks they have a legitimate gripe here.
2003-07-02 04:49:24 PM  
Spam and Spam
Spam, Bacon, and Spam
Spam and Eggs
Spam, Spam & Spam....

/Python, anyone?
2003-07-02 04:49:43 PM  
The company added that Spam Arrest's name so closely resembles that of its lunch meat that the public might become confused...

Damn, my normally delicious Spam sandwich tastes strangely like a CD-Rom...
2003-07-02 04:49:45 PM  
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Someone sue him for asshattery.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2003-07-02 04:50:00 PM  
When "spam" got used for an unpopular act, Hormel took it well. They had no legal basis to stop a million people from using the word and they didn't make empty threats.

They can stop commercial use of their trademark, and I don't object to their doing so in this case.

It will make an interesting trial. There are arguments on both sides.
2003-07-02 04:50:32 PM  
I read here that Americans consume 113,000,000 cans of Spam&tm; every year. I don't know if that's true or not, but that means that every American eats less than half a can a year. That doesn't sound all that bad.

Oh, and I hate junk e-mail.
2003-07-02 04:51:38 PM  
Too little, too late. You gotta defend your trademarks from the outset like Kleenex, Jell-O, Rollerblade, Band-Aid and Xerox do. They've had ten years to do something, and all they said was "don't capitalize it". Aspirin used to be a trademark too, but it's just a noun now.
2003-07-02 04:55:44 PM  
Random thoughts...

I had a friend in college who grew up near the Hormel plant. He liked to wear a t-shirt w/ a picture of Spam on it. I think they had some sort of Spam-fest every year too.

BTW I watched a very drunk relative eat an entire can of Spam, then promptly puke it up 30 minutes later. It looked no different the second time around. Yuck.

(can't you use Spam to wax furniture??)
2003-07-02 04:57:20 PM  

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2003-07-02 04:57:33 PM  
Hawaiian's love that schit... bleh!
2003-07-02 04:58:19 PM  
Thanx, DLB
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2003-07-02 04:59:40 PM  
They've had ten years to do something, and all they said was "don't capitalize it". Aspirin used to be a trademark too, but it's just a noun now.

Does the law require futile efforts? Hormel's web page may have been the best effort they could make.

Look back 20 years. Reagan proposes a missile defense system. Opponents call it "Star Wars". Lucas gets upset, but there is nothing he can do. End result: "Star Wars" remains popular among liberals and the news media (but I repeat myself) and is still a trademark referring to the popular movie.
2003-07-02 04:59:42 PM  
Did you ever get to that Florida club?
2003-07-02 04:59:49 PM  
I lived in Hawaii (#1 Spam consuming state) for 15 years, and if you haven't tried Spam masubi then you know not of what you speak - it can be profoundly palitable if properly prepared.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2003-07-02 05:01:13 PM  
I think I first saw this on Fark during a previous spam thread: The Potted Meat Museum.
2003-07-02 05:01:22 PM  
Well if Spike Lee can file an injunction against The New TNN based upon his nickname, I'd say Hormel has a pretty decent case. At least they have SPAM trademarked....
2003-07-02 05:01:31 PM  
My cat won't even eat Spam. Spiders? Yes. Plastic? You bet. Grapes? Well, she's not sure if it's food or a ball. But Spam? No way.
2003-07-02 05:01:37 PM  
It's pink and it's oval
I buy it at the Mobil
It's made in Chernobyl

Now when I was a child
My family was so poor
They didn't have the finer things in life to eat
So we had a plan
In a big blue can
The government substitute for meat

To get me to eat it at dinner
They said I'd grow up like Bruce Jenner
He was a winner that never knew defeat
And when he got hungry
When he got hungry
He cracked open that special treat
It was

Don't you know it's my best friend
Again and again and again

Don't you know it's my best friend
Again and again and again and again

So go and forget your O-S-C-A-R
There's one meat by-product that's best by far

/Save Ferris
2003-07-02 05:03:23 PM  
Ahem, "Minnesota Polka" a song by the Gear Daddies, who hail from Austin, Minnesota:

We're from Minnesota, we like this place we stay,
If you do not care for it, you can go to Hey!
We've got the Minnesota Vikings, the Twins and the Northstars too,
The IDS, and all them lakes, don't forget two zoos.
We're from Minnesota, we like this place we stay,
If you do not care for it, you can go to Hey!

*Yes, this is an old song, those blasted Northstars moved to Dallas Starville. Kiss my arse you lonestar carrying Texans.

Thank you, thank you very much. I'll be here all week!
2003-07-02 05:06:01 PM  
They're gonna lose. There's already several trademarks for e-mail spam products (e.g. Spam Assassin)
2003-07-02 05:06:57 PM  
I take back that comment about Texans, I love Texans! Texans rock. I hear they also have a town named Austin.
2003-07-02 05:08:00 PM  
The Hormel plant in Des Moines is next door to BJ'shiatchin Post - one of the better strip clubs in the city (I know what you're thinking but it ain't bad)

Lots of workers take their lunch break there and then back to makin' Chili.

2003-07-02 05:09:33 PM  
Years ago in Seattle (home to a major Spam Carving Competition), to celebrate some big Spam anniversary some friends and I threw a Spam party. We called Hormel to find out about getting items donated to raffle off. We called the meat division and they replied, "We don't handle Spam. That is handled by the Canned Groceries Division."

Even they don't consider it to be meat.

BTW, anyone want a recipe for Spam Parfait?
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2003-07-02 05:09:42 PM  
I've heard of Spam Assassin -- isn't it free? Noncommercial use is less likely to be found infringing.
2003-07-02 05:10:13 PM  
If they don't defend their treadmark and Spam becomes common usage, any spiced ham like meat product could call itself Spam.
2003-07-02 05:11:30 PM  
I haven't had SPAM (the meat) in years. But right now I have a craving for it...

My how tastes change...
2003-07-02 05:12:19 PM  
Spam has a good name?

Who are they trying to kid?
2003-07-02 05:12:41 PM  
optikeye: Oh please - if Spam Assassin was marketing a spiced ham-like product, maybe Hormel would be justified. This suit is silly and wasteful.
2003-07-02 05:15:38 PM  
At a local blues festival a few weeks ago, they sent out the Spammobile. It's basically a motor home painted up like a giant can of Spam. They were giving away little grilled Spam sandwiches. I ate a few, they were pretty good. Really.

Spam is pork shoulder meat... the same stuff that I use to make wonderful slow-cooked hickory-smoked pulled pork barbecue.
2003-07-02 05:16:22 PM  
It's a fair cop.
2003-07-02 05:21:06 PM  
My friend from Austin, MN was a huge Gear Daddies fan too....

Look at it this way, Hemptastic The Minnesota Wild are 100 times better than the Northstars...or Lonestars...or Stars. Whatever the hell they're called now.

Side note: I hate the Vikings.
2003-07-02 05:21:39 PM  
As if Spam ever had a good name to ruin.
2003-07-02 05:21:56 PM  

So was the patrolman working the detail down at the carnival.

I think Hormel might have a point, though I'm not too sure it's a good idea to enforce it all that strenuously. Likely to create too much bad will.

And I will have to chime in with those who say that Spam isn't that awful -- I don't really like it myself, but the texture isn't all that different from a canned ham. I would personally rather have a couple of slices of Prosciutto di Parma myself, but hey.
2003-07-02 05:24:22 PM  
What's funny is: I know teenagers that were totally amazed to find out that Spam is a food product.

I don't blame Hormel for trying to protect their brand name, but it's probably a little late. Still, "Band-Aid" has successfully defended their copyright for years, despite the fact that every adhesive bandage on the market is referred to as a "bandaid". Should be relatively easy for Hormel to defend the "Spam" copyright, considering that "Spam" is NOT common usage for a particular type of meat.

Oh, Diogenese, you're wrong. It would actually be MORE difficult to defend the "Spam" name if the people ripping it off were making a spiced-ham product. It's pretty easy to show that "Spam Assassin" is simply ripping off the Spam name. They could easily call themself "Bulk eMail Assassin", which would actually be more accurate.
2003-07-02 05:26:46 PM  
Sshh, dear, don't cause a fuss. I'll have your spam. I love it.
I'm having spam spam spam spam spam spam spam baked beans spam spam
spam and spam!
2003-07-02 05:28:21 PM  
[To the tune of "Stand" by R.E.M.]

Spam in the place where I live (ham and pork)
Think about nutrition, wonder what's inside it now (oh boy)
Spam in my luchbox at work (it's the best)
Really makes a darn good sandwich any way you slice it at all

If you're running low, go to the store
Carry some money to help you buy more
The tab is there to open the can
The can is there to hold in the spam

Oh, spam on the table at home (ham and pork)
Think about selection, are there different flavors now (let's eat)
Spam in my office at work (it's the best)
Think about the stuff its made from, wonder if it's mystery of meat

If you need a spoon, keep one around
Carry a thermos to help wash it down
Now, if there's some left, don't just throw it out
Use it for spackle or bathroom grout, now

Spam in my pantry at home (have some more)
Think of expiration, better read the label (oh boy)
Spam breakfast, dinner, or lunch (it's the best)
Think about how it's been precooked, wonder if I'll just eat it cold

Now, once you start in, you can't put it down
Don't leave it sitting or it'll turn brown
The key is going to open the tin
The tin is there to keep the spam in

Oh, spam (spam)
Ham and pork
Think about nutrition, wonder what's inside it now (oh boy)
Spam (spam)
It's the best
Really makes a darn good sandwich any way you slice it

Spam in the place where I live (have some more)
Think about addiction, wonder if I'm a junkie now (let's eat)
Spam in the place where I work (you're obsessed)
Think about the way it's processed, wonder if it's some kind of meat

Spam in the back of my car (ham and pork)
Spam any place that you are (ham and pork)
The tab is there to open the can (spam any place that you are) (ham and pork)
The can is there to hold in the spam (spam any place that you are) (ham and pork)

/Weird Al
2003-07-02 05:33:04 PM  
Mmm... Spam Musubi. I'd do something bad for a Spam Musubi. Or go down to my local Japanese Supermarket. Whatever takes less effort.
2003-07-02 05:36:43 PM  
SPAM came from


i.e. SPAMN. The N was lost at some point.

Then the SPAM/Monty python thing was passed around and everybody believed it was the source.


end geek
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