Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Trademark Bill Puts Writers/Journalists At Risk

A new bill has already passed the House and is on its way to the Senate, will introduce a weakening of writers' Fair Use rights: read this article at The Writer's Blog.

A scary thought considering how much we writers depend on those fair use rights. How much longer before people can't even speak certain words out of context without fear of retrobution? How would you like to only be able to use the word "Coca-Cola" while within a certain vacinity of the actual product? Or even worse, while within a certain vacinity WITH an aim to actually purchasing it? Or never be able to say "I like Coke, but not Pepsi" to a friend during a friendly conversation while walking down the street?

An exaggeration perhaps, but makes you think quite about about our freedoms, and how easily they could be taken away.

Also read more here: The Author's Guild Advice and Plea