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Trademarking "Pwnage"


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I'd like to thank all of the concerned fans that have been emailing us regarding the Futuremark "Pwnage" trademark issue. If you haven't heard yet:

Futuremark tries to trademark 'Pwnage'
Futuremark explains pwnage trademark

The trademark application's list of wares includes the following:

computer game software; computer game programs; computer game discs; multimedia software recorded on CD-ROM featuring fictional characters and computer games; downloadable ring tones, graphics and music via global computer network and wireless devices; pre-recorded DVD's, video tapes, laser discs featuring movies about fictional characters, and pre-recorded compact discs featuring music; motion picture films on fictional characters

The purpose of a trademark is to differentiate one company's products and intellectual property from another's. If Futuremark were to use 'Pwnage' as a trademark in the above classes of wares there would be confusion, not differentiation, when you consider our show and its related products. The Pure Pwnage season 1 DVD and the Pure Pwnage season 1 soundtrack are examples of current products bearing the name "Pwnage" that fall in the above classes. Is Futuremark planning to make a "Pwnage" movie? I know that we are planning to make a movie based on the show and it would sure be nice if we could call it, well, "Pure Pwnage".

According to a Futuremark response to the controversy their purpose for filing is simply to "protect ourselves from squatters (or what I call campers) - people looking to trademark the name on false pretenses, just to make a claim against Futuremark Games Studio for its use." After consulting with the ROFLMAO legal team I learned that this is a poor reason to file. Protection against squatters is built into the trademark system. If you don't use your trademark, you will lose it.

If it is possible to trademark 'Pwnage', should the mark belong to Futuremark?

http://www.google.ca/search?q=pwnage

I got bored and stopped looking, but maybe someone could tell me on which results page the first Futuremark website appears (if you have a Google SOAP API Key you could try this).
Hmm, I just noticed some familiar links on first results page of the Google search for 'pwnage'.

In these next few weeks we plan to take appropriate steps to protect our intellectual property and continue to make our show with the same title that we have been using since April 2004.

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Good Work Geoff.

A company shouldn't be allowed to own a word, it's just silly.

Especially when the company hasn't yet got any gaming related products. (I understand that they are planning a game studio, but what if it fails)


Also, I don't think they are planning to make movies or music in the studio, so why bother stop the word pwnage apearing on those products?



All in all, good luck with the legal business, and may pwnage spread across the land.


Edit: First, yay.

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Woo Go geoff

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Epic win bro. I liked the part about the google search. Dont know if it will help legaly, but thats just a positive in the logic section of the argument.
Pure Pwnage to the end! Pure Ownage just doesnt have the same HIT to it.

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One word: N00bs.

That is so stupid. And the reasoning for it is stupid aswell. How can you protect the company when it has no affiliation with the word in the first place? Its all about money. Hence why they did it for games and films ect. They are planning to make some cash out of it. All lies.

I agree with Ack, Pwnage for all! icon_razz.gif

(they probably pronounce it 'pornage' or something aswell)

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QUOTE (Thermal @ Mar 6 2008, 08:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
One word: N00bs.
(they probably pronounce it 'pornage' or something aswell)

Fucking n00bs icon_wink.gif

We have a army we we are not afraid to use it.

QUOTE (Mares @ Aug 22 2008, 08:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
kuro is MY LOVABOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Great to get your views on this. Also, lol @ legal team. The glasses work!

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QUOTE (ch1x0r @ Mar 6 2008, 09:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Great to get your views on this. Also, lol @ legal team. The glasses work!

Intellectual icon_smile.gif



QUOTE (Mares @ Aug 22 2008, 08:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
kuro is MY LOVABOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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QUOTE (ch1x0r @ Mar 6 2008, 09:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Great to get your views on this. Also, lol @ legal team. The glasses work!

So that makes me a lawyer now?

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QUOTE (Ineffable @ Mar 6 2008, 09:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So that makes me a lawyer now?

No, it makes you a doctor. pp_smiley4.gif

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I love the legal team photo.
As i love the way you and Jarret have been doing your posts, with the frequency as of late and the links.

I'd wish you luck attaining the legal right to "pwnage" etc, But i know you wont need it, If there's anything left in the legal system thats still justice then it'll all work out.

I'm happy that in the next month or what have you this will all be in the past, And because legal steps would of been taken wont reemerge.

Edit.
Much happy also that after all this is done dusted and settled we can securely look forward to the rest of "Pure Pwnage" and the "Pure Pwnage Movie".

Edit,
Geoff, I saw this in another thread, Its an Australian site sadly, But here. Close them down.
http://www.ipwnfashion.com/
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QUOTE (ch1x0r @ Mar 6 2008, 09:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No, it makes you a doctor. pp_smiley4.gif

NOOO

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QUOTE (KuroFalcon @ Mar 6 2008, 09:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Fucking n00bs icon_wink.gif

We have a army we we are not afraid to use it.


LOL icon_smile.gif

Reminds me of when Paramout tried to copyright the letter 'Q' and the word 'Data', they failed ROFL

In cases like this the first thought is that Pure Pwange is well established, so therefore they should automatically fail, but the legal system is so...

If it comes to it, GL & HF legally pwning them icon_wink.gif

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When you're done with that legal battle, take a look at this one.


EDIT: ninja'd by Ratsacker. icon_razz.gif

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QUOTE (Batjutsu @ Mar 6 2008, 10:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
LOL icon_smile.gif

Reminds me of when Paramout tried to copyright the letter 'Q' and the word 'Data', they failed ROFL

In cases like this the first thought is that Pure Pwange is well established, so therefore they should automatically fail, but the legal system is so...

If it comes to it, GL & HF legally pwning them icon_wink.gif

As I said in another thread, Despair Inc managed to trademark ":-(" so who knows what'll happen to "pwnage" :/

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There's only one true 'Pwnage' and thats Pure Pwnage! icon_smile.gif

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QUOTE (Geoff @ Mar 6 2008, 08:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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I know that we are planning to make a movie based the show and it would sure be nice if we could call it, well, "Pure Pwnage".
...
I got bored and stopped looking, but maybe someone could tell me on which results page the first Futuremark website appears (if you have a Google SOAP API Key you could try this).
Hmm, I just noticed some familiar links on first results page of the Google search for 'pwnage'.
...


just call the movie "episode 37".
oh f$#@* - i just checked <a href="http://www.episode37.com" target="_blank">http://www.episode37.com</a> and someone has camped it!

Try this search engine (created by one of my buddies) and type in 'pwnage'
<a href="http://www.symmetri.com/searchcube/" target="_blank">http://www.symmetri.com/searchcube/</a>
Lots of ROFLMAO, not much futuremark.

PWN 'EM UP GEOFF!
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It's out of 1337.

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There are 3 or 4 people in my school who wear purepwnage shirts.. Sadly, they are mostly retarded :(

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I'm glad to see the PP crew and legal team are on this, as a trademarking of this word would have some severe consequences.

Once again, internets = serious business.


QUOTE (Weiman @ Apr 5 2009, 01:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This is exactly what has been going on through the entire thread, and it's not the first time either.
You come to us for advice..you just spell out what you want to get, and then ask us if it is okay, and we have to explain why it isn't. That's the world upside down.. If you would just say 'hey guys, I have an X amount of money, what should I buy?' Then this would be over in 2-3 posts, not 2-3 pages.
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Hey GL with the legal battle let all of us fans know if there is something we can do. I know ill hop a plane and head to the proceedings to protest!!

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I second Spiral.

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