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2014-07-09 04:06:35 AM
Can't we just agree no one can trademark anything shorter than 6 letters or something?
 
2014-07-09 07:17:23 AM

dookdookdook: Can't we just agree no one can trademark anything shorter than 6 letters or something?


Fark is only letters...
 
2014-07-09 08:17:00 AM
Next up, the Dukes of Hazzard, that talking dog Duke that sells beans and Duke Phillips
 
2014-07-09 08:28:25 AM

nekom: Next up, the Dukes of Hazzard, that talking dog Duke that sells beans and Duke Phillips


And Duke Nukem
 
2014-07-09 08:42:59 AM

nekom: Next up, the Dukes of Hazzard, that talking dog Duke that sells beans and Duke Phillips


That would be a duketastrophe.
 
2014-07-09 09:42:30 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: nekom: Next up, the Dukes of Hazzard, that talking dog Duke that sells beans and Duke Phillips

And Duke Nukem


And a Genesis album and a title of nobility for hundreds of years...
 
2014-07-09 10:11:26 AM

dookdookdook: Can't we just agree no one can trademark anything shorter than 6 letters or something?


NBC
ABC
CBS
Intel
Nvidia
AMD
Cisco
Sony
XBox
etc., etc.

Your suggested rule is both arbitrary and short-sighted.
 
2014-07-09 10:53:15 AM
Based on the headline, I thought the Wayne estate was trying to get Duke University to change their name.
 
2014-07-09 10:53:28 AM
And who, besides Baby Boomers and some of us older Gen Xers, knows or cares about John Wayne?
 
2014-07-09 10:54:13 AM
So you're telling me they already spent all of his money and none of them are hireable for anything other than minimum wage? Got it.
 
2014-07-09 10:57:35 AM
My Dad's nickname is Duke, so I'm getting a kick...
 
2014-07-09 10:58:31 AM
What does an old cowboy have to do with Duquesne University?
 
2014-07-09 10:59:28 AM
The RIAA joins the fray:

blast-from-thepast.com
 
2014-07-09 10:59:31 AM

dookdookdook: Can't we just agree no one can trademark anything shorter than 6 letters or something?


Is this a new set-up for the "Wendy tattoo on your penis" joke?
 
2014-07-09 11:00:14 AM

LonMead: My Dad's nickname is Duke, so I'm getting a kick...


And by "kick", you mean "Cease and Desist letter"?
 
2014-07-09 11:00:15 AM

Gary-L: And who, besides Baby Boomers and some of us older Gen Xers, knows or cares about John Wayne?


I introduced my daughter to "The Quiet Man" not long ago, she thought it was a great movie.
 
2014-07-09 11:00:37 AM
upload.wikimedia.org

Greatly amused.
 
2014-07-09 11:01:00 AM

jaybeezey: So you're telling me they already spent all of his money and none of them are hireable for anything other than minimum wage? Got it.


Nothing in the article suggests that at all. The Wayne estate owns a distillery and is producing a bourbon referencing John "The Duke" Wayne on the label. Duke University is suing that it is too close to their name and will cause confusion over the product. Duke University is in the wrong here, the Wayne estate is trying to produce their own business (and apparently was doing fairly well on the branding before this frivolous lawsuit).

I know Fark is now is 90% troll, but read the farking article sometimes.
 
2014-07-09 11:01:14 AM

Theaetetus: dookdookdook: Can't we just agree no one can trademark anything shorter than 6 letters or something?

NBC
ABC
CBS
Intel
Nvidia
AMD
Cisco
Sony
XBox
etc., etc.

Your suggested rule is both arbitrary and short-sighted.


apparently, pedantry is not just a river in Egypt....
 
2014-07-09 11:01:29 AM
Also joining in the suit:
mojosavings.com
www.dvdtalk.com
xroads.virginia.edu

images.wikia.com
vividgamer.com
 
2014-07-09 11:01:34 AM

jaybeezey: So you're telling me they already spent all of his money and none of them are hireable for anything other than minimum wage? Got it.


You didn't read tfa. The family is doing just fine exploiting the name. It's Duke University that suing to stop them from registering an additional trademark for "Duke".
 
2014-07-09 11:02:45 AM
In related news the GOP is suing Duke's lacrosse team for the violation of the "Rape" trademark.

//Team acquitted to be fair
 
2014-07-09 11:03:01 AM
My Duke is thinner & whiter
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-07-09 11:03:37 AM
John Wayne sucks.
 
2014-07-09 11:04:55 AM
Sorry, I'm siding with the university on this one.
 
2014-07-09 11:05:26 AM

JerseyTim: Based on the headline, I thought the Wayne estate was trying to get Duke University to change their name.


Yeah, subby's a retard.
 
2014-07-09 11:05:39 AM
I get the potential confusion.  Consider this:

"Duke Toilet Paper, for when you really have to Duke one out."
 
2014-07-09 11:06:58 AM
The Morrison estate weighs in:

ts1.mm.bing.net
 
2014-07-09 11:07:18 AM

johnny_vegas: Theaetetus: dookdookdook: Can't we just agree no one can trademark anything shorter than 6 letters or something?

NBC
ABC
CBS
Intel
Nvidia
AMD
Cisco
Sony
XBox
etc., etc.

Your suggested rule is both arbitrary and short-sighted.

apparently, pedantry is not just a river in Egypt....


I thought Pedantry was near Coventry.
 
2014-07-09 11:07:27 AM
John Wayne would frown on their pussy shenanigans.

The term Duke has been a title of royalty for centuries.  It was a nickname that was applied to an actor.  Nothing more.  I don't see how anyone could reasonably trademark that.  Next thing you know, everything named "King" will begin lawsuits on behalf of Michael Jackson, for he was the king of pop.
 
2014-07-09 11:08:03 AM
John Wayne's not dead.  He's frozen.
 
2014-07-09 11:09:29 AM
cdn.mos.totalfilm.com

Wearing a dress is still in the public domain though, right?
 
2014-07-09 11:09:56 AM
Duke University has been fighting with the late actor's heirs over "Duke" trademarks (restaurant services, gaming machines, celebrity licensing services, etc.) for nearly a decade, and last year, the school stepped forward after John Wayne's family attempted to register "Duke" for all alcoholic beverages except beer.

Whaddaya have?
Give me a Duke
Ya wan' a Duke with bourbon?
No. I do not want a Duke with Bourbon. What kind of Duke is that?
Well, whaddabout vodak? You like Duke with vodak?
Ewww. That Duke is not for me. I want an American Duke.
Duke with bourbon is American
The other kind of Duke
Duke with scotch?
No.
Duke with Rum?
No. American Duke
Look Buddy. It used to take me 5 seconds to get a drink order. Now, it takes 5 minutes because every drink that isn't beer is Duke
Oh. I didn't know. I thought Duke was beer too.
You want a beer?
Yes. A nice American beer.
Bud*? Coors*? Lone Star? Rainer? Stag? Old Mil? PBR? Strohls? Hamms? Falstaff?
Heineken
Heineken is not American.
Then forget it. Give me a Duke instead
(Punch)
What was that?
That was a Duke formerly known as a Nice Hawaiian Punch. You want another Duke? On the house.

*I know. He said 'nice American beer'
 
2014-07-09 11:10:26 AM
For goodness sakes, people. Read TFA.

Duke University is suing the Wayne Estate for using the term "Duke," not the other way around.
 
2014-07-09 11:10:32 AM

durbnpoisn: John Wayne would frown on their pussy shenanigans.

The term Duke has been a title of royalty for centuries.  It was a nickname that was applied to an actor.  Nothing more.  I don't see how anyone could reasonably trademark that.  Next thing you know, everything named "King" will begin lawsuits on behalf of Michael Jackson, for he was the king of pop.


Yeah, but you remember what happened when Jacko tried that "king of pop" crap on Pepsi...
 
2014-07-09 11:11:28 AM
Marion Mitchell Morrison, b. May 26, 1907
Duke University, est. 1838

Who has precedence?
 
2014-07-09 11:12:07 AM
Right wingers love John Wayne because he wrapped himself in patriotism. He was hiding the facts that he was a chicken-hawk draft dodger, drug addict, and notorious womanizer.
 
2014-07-09 11:12:32 AM
John Wayne was a homosexual commie.

This was once said to a middle school teacher of mine. He basically picked the kid up by his neck and tossed him into the hallway.
 
2014-07-09 11:12:46 AM
So John Wayne's kids, who have never done anything in their lives, want to proft off his name?  Am I getting this right?
 
2014-07-09 11:13:57 AM

Gary-L: And who, besides Baby Boomers and some of us older Gen Xers, knows or cares about John Wayne?


I would have thought the same thing, until recently driving by Winterset, Iowa with my son. He had to take a picture of the historical "Birthplace of John Wayne" sign because of the family guy episode in which Peter tells his Thanksgiving joke, "I'm John Wayne, pilgrims".

I didn't think the joke was worth more than a chuckle, he and his friends have no clue who John Wayne is/was but apparently, he's big again for a couple of months until the kids stop caring again.

/I know, cool story bro
 
2014-07-09 11:14:22 AM

OtherLittleGuy: The RIAA joins the fray:


Vame for Gene Chandler reference. Leaving satisfied.

/My lawn. Off.
 
2014-07-09 11:14:37 AM
John Wayne was a feg, you boys.
 
2014-07-09 11:15:18 AM

JollyMagistrate: For goodness sakes, people. Read TFA.

Duke University is suing the Wayne Estate for using the term "Duke," not the other way around.


Second paragraph in TFA:  Duke University has been slapped with a lawsuit by John Wayne Enterprises that ridicules the "ludicrous" idea that consumers will be confused.

And then in the Scribd complaint:
JOHN WAYNE ENTERPRISES, LLC, aCalifornia limited liability company,
Plaintiff;
VS.
DUKE UNIVERSITY, a North Carolinacorporation, and DOES 1 through 10,

Defendants
 
2014-07-09 11:15:18 AM
Duke™  Sucks.
 
2014-07-09 11:15:26 AM

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: So John Wayne's kids, who have never done anything in their lives, want to proft off his name?  Am I getting this right?


Well, one of them got his ass kicked by Rocky Balboa.
 
2014-07-09 11:15:39 AM

durbnpoisn: John Wayne would frown on their pussy shenanigans.

The term Duke has been a title of royalty for centuries.  It was a nickname that was applied to an actor.  Nothing more.  I don't see how anyone could reasonably trademark that.  Next thing you know, everything named "King" will begin lawsuits on behalf of Michael Jackson, for he was the king of pop.


John Wayne was a pussy. Tough talk in film but a wuss in real life.
 
2014-07-09 11:17:05 AM

JollyMagistrate: For goodness sakes, people. Read TFA.

Duke University is suing the Wayne Estate for using the term "Duke," not the other way around.

ORLY?


FTA: Duke University has  been slapped with a lawsuit by John Wayne Enterprises
 
2014-07-09 11:17:47 AM

Omnivorous: Marion Mitchell Morrison, b. May 26, 1907
Duke University, est. 1838

Who has precedence?

Duke University is a private research university located in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James B. Duke established The Duke Endowment, at which time the institution changed its name to honor his deceased father, Washington Du

ke.

The one that doesn't suck!
 
2014-07-09 11:20:55 AM

Theaetetus: dookdookdook: Can't we just agree no one can trademark anything shorter than 6 letters or something?

NBC
ABC
CBS
Intel
Nvidia
AMD
Cisco
Sony
XBox
etc., etc.

Your suggested rule is both arbitrary and short-sighted.


GFY is not though.
 
2014-07-09 11:21:01 AM
Why is Duke University so ashamed of its real name, Marion?
 
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