NEWS: Japanese Law Firm Receives Bomb Threat Over Touhou Project Fans’ Trademark Rights Review – Forum

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Posted: Wed May 18 2022 4:06 PM Reply with a quote

when you have finished calming down

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WANNFH

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Posted: Wed May 18 2022 4:18 PM Reply with a quote
Well, it’s not cool to threaten a law firm… but also, how in the real thing does a person even get a trademark and license for a Yukkuris, given that it’s highly dodgy to claim authorship (essentially – it’s an old Japanese 2ch meme that was created by an anonymous author), not to mention they’re supposed to be part of Touhou’s license rights (which, of course, belong to ZUN) in the first place ?

It’s some level of legal bullshit like licensing the SCP Foundation claiming it as your own (which actually happened), and I don’t even know how the law firm got it. even entered into the trademark agreement of the thing in the first place.


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Regalli

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Posted: Wed May 18 2022 4:57 PM Reply with a quote
The same “not doing due diligence on someone trying to trademark a niche you don’t really know well” that seems to have led to some VERY weird trademark attempts in the US I guess. (I remember a few years ago a self-advertising romance writer tried to trademark “arrogant” for use in headlines and issued Amazon takedowns based on that, as well as the specific font that she used for her titles. 1: Font license is specifically excluded. using it for trademarks. 2: To the amazement of about no one, “arrogant” is a common title element for novels 3: Note: A surprising number of authors are pivoting into the field of law careers. )

Not that it makes bomb threats any more appropriate for anyone involved in it. But yeah, my guess is that often these attorneys look at the client’s claim and don’t know enough about the particular sub-community to realize that it’s flimsy. And/or assume no one will argue with it even if it IS fragile, as this process tends to get involved.


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Nate148

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Posted: Wed May 18 2022 5:13 PM Reply with a quote
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Dynamo-

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Posted: Wed May 18, 2022 5:16 PM Reply with a quote
Rally wrote:

The same “failing to do due diligence on someone trying to trademark a niche you don’t really know well” that seems to have led to VERY weird trademark attempts in the US.

LeBron James tried to file a “Taco Tuesday” trademark quite recently. Lol


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