Trademarks and Copyrights

Writing and publishing the book has brought me up to date with current Copyright and Trademark Laws.  It’s shocking.  Names are now copyrighted and owned by publishers.  So that families cannot use the names of their relatives in their own public offerings.  I can only call the greatest batsman who ever lived ‘D.B.’ and cannot use his surname at all.  Amazon has blocked the book in Australia where the DB Foundation owns the copyright for his name.  My grandfather interviewed him for Movietone News I mentioned only in passing and the book is blocked down under.

I met Tolkien but must not use his full name and initials as it’s a TM Trademark.   We are trying to unblock the book on Amazon in Australia and have emailed the D B Foundation for assistance.  As yet no reply.

Here is the man we knew at Merton College, Oxford as he was then.   I can only refer to him as Tolkien.  He is no longer permitted his initials due a registered trademark.

How humiliating for the human race that we lose our names once they become financial assets.

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3 Responses to “Trademarks and Copyrights”

  1. NPP says:

    I walked through Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, 1997. I saw all the Christian Dior, Gucci etc merchandise copies.
    Having pondered health, energy… I decided years ago:
    Copyright & patency: debilitating & redundant concepts…
    Ideas are valuable. Not owned.
    Has it cost me money? May be. But, I when Paul McFartney Bliff Richard cling to every royalty they can, what about Beatles reworking Buddy Holly and all the 3 chord songs before that?
    Listen to Neil Diamond’s Song Sung Blue and hear melodies from Mozart’s second movement, Andante, from Piano Concerto No.21 in C major.
    Eric Carmen’s All By Myself borrows heavily from the second movement, Adagio Sostenuto, of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18.

    To block book sales because of the inclusion of a name…. silly world. Silly people.

    • Tapestry says:

      To be fair I am guessing the copyright issue is naming the greatest batsman who ever lived as there is nothing else identifiable as Australian in the visible text. the block might be going as another Australian buyer says the copyright issue didn’t flag this morning when he browsed. It’s early days and we’re new to this game.

  2. NPP says:

    It’s the basis of pharmaceutical profit making…. owning ideas. I just don’t get ‘owning ideas’.

    One might think a book promoting a great Ozzy batsman might get a pass, but as we know, common sense does not always prevail. Indeed, I enjoyed your Ozzy tales; a sense of a bygone age; what’s the problem Australia?!

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