Thursday, May 19, 2011
Access Copyright Claims Trademark (i.e. Monopoly) Rights in "©" Symbol
This is from Access Copyright's "new and improved" (and, as of now, even less informative than before) website.
Access Copyright is an aggressive Canadian copyright collective that, despite its name, effectively restricts and charges for "access" to literary and artistic works.
Believe it or not, Access Copyright is claiming "™" trademark (i.e. monopoly) rights in the ubiquitous and universal "©" symbol.
For once, I must say that words fail me....
All the comes to mind is that old Latin legal adage about "Res Ipsa Loquitur" (The Thing Speaks for Itself).