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The United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Facebook the intellectual property rights to the word "Face"... Any website currently using the word "Face" may now be sued for copyright infringement. www.naturalnews.com/030542_cen… (Link provided by Xarti) This is going way too far. Please sign this petition to stop this nonsense: demandprogress.org/blacklist/
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:icontanooki-john:
Tanooki-John Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Sue people for just using the word "Face" on their website titles? Sounds like the new fashion of stupidity!
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:iconsaintforest:
Saintforest Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pfff... it was to be expected. What's the next? Copyrighting letters? Dementia is getting harder.
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:iconbnsf:
BNSF Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Didn't Walmart try to copyright the "smiley face" a few years ago?
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:iconsteamstrike:
Steamstrike Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not that I remember, but I don't doubt you at all. It's something they would do.
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:iconpfaccioxx:
Pfaccioxx Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   General Artist
I noticed that there's a link to a potison on the page linked to in this jernel
the link is [link]
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:iconsteamstrike:
Steamstrike Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Added to the journal, thanks :)
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:iconpfaccioxx:
Pfaccioxx Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   General Artist
no prob.
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:iconssqp781:
ssqp781 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wat
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:iconimimicbird5:
imimicbird5 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
what the heck
so now we have to call our front head thing our... what???
expressional organ????
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:iconseri-goyle:
Seri-goyle Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
So now we need a new name for that thing on the front of everyone's head?
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:iconredroronoa:
RedRoronoa Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconohgodwhyplz:

This is beyond ridiculous..
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:iconsteamstrike:
Steamstrike Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed it is.
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:icondanvzare:
DanVzare Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
I'm pretty certain you can't copyright basic words (meaning, you can't copyright just one word on its own)... surely there's a law about that somewhere.
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:iconsteamstrike:
Steamstrike Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You aren't supposed to be able to copyright/trademark common words, but trademark and copyright law are almost entirely legal grey areas... People frequently have lawsuits over whether or not they're allowed to trademark a color, which is also not supposed to be allowed.
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:icondanvzare:
DanVzare Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Could I try to copyright the word "The". Imagine the money I'd be able to make with that.
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Um, excuse me but "Face" is the nickname of a character in the A-Team and is also the name of an animal/human body part long before the internet and "Facebook" was ever invented. Such words can not and should not ever be copyrighted. What are they going to do, copyright all the names of body parts so we can't use them anymore? What are we supposed to call our faces now? Answer me that one, oh morons at the United States Patent and Trademark Office?
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Steamstrike Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, OBAMA and H.R. 1249... claiming that you support independent inventors... scientific research... technology... innovation... Yeah, maybe you support it so you can run it into the ground. *Sigh*

Corporations constantly have lawsuits over whether or not they're allowed to trademark a color, which was found long ago to not be allowed.

I should trademark the name of my business, Electro-Elite... then I could sue the idiot who opened a porn site under the same name long after I started the business.
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
>.< Two wrongs do not make a right, honestly.
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:iconsteamstrike:
Steamstrike Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Electro-elite" isn't a common word that everyone uses, though :P
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True.
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:iconmadame-finitevus1890:
what...? What BS.
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:iconpfaccioxx:
Pfaccioxx Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   General Artist
*sigh* here we go again
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:iconghostanjo:
ghostanjo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Really Just really?!?!? :iconfacepalmplz:
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:iconeternalskyy:
Eternalskyy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I guess any art using anything 'round' in it can be copyrighted eventually...
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:iconghostamy101:
ghostamy101 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
*head fell on keyboard* what.... just..? what the hell?!
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:iconzgmf-x42s:
ZGMF-X42S Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
This world is going insane.
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:iconsteamstrike:
Steamstrike Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So it seems... *sigh* I'm ashamed to say that the rest of my species rarely use their BRAINS!
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:iconzgmf-x42s:
ZGMF-X42S Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Well it certainly doesn't help when the mystics and social scientists of our world keep telling us humans "Don't Think. Feel" for a good 5,000 years, I can tell you that right now. DX
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hoqwarts Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
Not only is this unbelievable, it's downright stupid :facepalm:
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:iconpumpkinking3001:
pumpkinking3001 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So FaceTime can get sued?

That's just as stupid as Apple's copyright over square, flat planes with rounded edges....
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:iconsteamstrike:
Steamstrike Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh, I know. The worst part is that while copyright is making lawyers and corporations rich, it does nothing to protect the independent artists, authors, and innovators that it was created to protect...
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:iconpumpkinking3001:
pumpkinking3001 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nope. :no:
I knew we weren't really protected anymore after that Orphaned Works bill came about...
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ShadowedLove97 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Writer
WTF...

Like, seriously facebook? Seriously?

That's so dumb.
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:iconalpha-90152:
ALPHA-90152 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
That's going to far!
I'm going to boycott FaceBook for this!
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:iconsteamstrike:
Steamstrike Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You know what the stupid part is? KeepInformationFree has a facebook :P

Though I don't update it as much as I should... I really don't like social networking.
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:iconmastermitosi:
MasterMitosi Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:facepalm: Arceus, give me strength
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:iconcobean:
Cobean Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
So If I have a picture with the word face in it, could I be sued?
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:iconfirebananablitz:
FireBananaBlitz Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just... why
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:iconzeltrax987:
Zeltrax987 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, this is BS.

Why would FaceBook want to do this?
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:iconsteamstrike:
Steamstrike Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No idea... I had hoped that the young man who owns the domain wouldn't be so corrupt yet.
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Cybergothgalore Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yep, a real testament to Amerika.
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:iconmimidan:
mimidan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconfacepalmplz:
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:iconitaliandragon:
ItalianDragon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:icontriplefacepalmplz: and there's not enough facepalms to express my disbelief.
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:iconmimidan:
mimidan Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconsulkplz: the government is so......just no no no no :iconsobbplz:
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:iconitaliandragon:
ItalianDragon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed :|
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:iconmimidan:
mimidan Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconsighingplz:
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:iconitaliandragon:
ItalianDragon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:(
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:iconmimidan:
mimidan Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconletmehugyouplz: ;A;
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:iconitaliandragon:
ItalianDragon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconsquishhugplz:
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