1. Post #1

    September 2010
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    Rough translation:
    Ms Figaro is a teacher who puts a little online activity ideas, posters to learn to read and songs to practice English. Nothing too serious.

    And as his last name is Figaro, his students call him Dr. Figaro. So, what is the name of his blog: The Class of Ms Figaro. Logic.

    With about fifty hits a day, the blog, buried deep in the Net, attracts a small community school teachers. It's all for the better until the day Ms. Figaro receives an email from the Figaro newspaper, which threatens to sue.

    "An exchange less courteous"

    Ms Figaro:

    "So usually, the expression" F word "is a large Anglo-Saxon word that should not say. In my case, it's my name that I should certainly not say.

    I made ​​the mistake of calling me Ms Figaro and this greatly displeases the trademark owner Madame Figaro.

    "Maicresse", as my students say, nine years, I greatly appreciate the generosity of my colleagues on the Web. About a year ago, I decided to add my little stone to the edifice. With a blog: The Class of Ms Figaro.

    I publish short videos with the day of the week in English, ideas for activities to teach reading, math games ... In short, my modest contribution to the blogosphere school teachers.

    In early May, I received an email rather dry Figaro: "Unauthorized use and repeated MADAME FIGARO is an infringement of intellectual property rights [...]. So I thank you kindly immediately discontinue any use of that mark in your blog. "

    A little tickled, I reply: "I do not use the brand Madame Figaro, it's just my name. Now, if my humble blog teaching affects your well-known mark, far be it from me to you from the shadows. "

    An exchange less courteous. The legal director of the BBC asked me to add my name in the blog title to "eliminate any confusion." No way. I agree however to use the abbreviation "Mrs." instead of "Madam". Not satisfied, Le Figaro found that my humble blog is "very disturbing" and "trivializes the brand."
    http://translate.google.com/translat...233364&act=url
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  2. Post #2
    I can't think of a good title.
    Reds's Avatar
    May 2010
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    How dare you have a name.
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  3. Post #3
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    August 2009
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    giant
    fucking
    bullshit

    Edited:

    Not long ago I also found a possibly copyright infringing surname
    "De Gouw"
    Dutch translation of the LOTR's Shire
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  4. Post #4
    I LOVE NAZIS
    JimmyA's Avatar
    June 2011
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    oh shit my last name is harris a company that makes digital microwave radios, wireless local loop telephony systems, broadband wireless access products, and secure communications systems is going to sue me FUCK

  5. Post #5
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    November 2009
    918 Posts
    article is bullshit.

    Ms Figaro is a teacher who puts a little online activity ideas, posters to learn to read and songs to practice English. Nothing too serious.

    And as his last name is Figaro, his students call him Dr. Figaro. So, what is the name of his blog: The Class of Ms Figaro. Logic.
    someone seems to be confused on their sex.
    or the translator can't tell between male and female.
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  6. Post #6
    Dennab
    August 2008
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    Is it just me or is this article really hard to follow?
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  7. Post #7
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    Feuver's Avatar
    April 2008
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    article is bullshit.



    someone seems to be confused on their sex.
    or the translator can't tell between male and female.
    The article is translated from French to English in google translate. No shit it's going to have errors.
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  8. Post #8
    I pleasure myself while wearing Combine armour~~
    digigamer17's Avatar
    May 2010
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    Glad my surname isn't used by a company, yet.
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  9. Post #9
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    September 2006
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    article is bullshit.



    someone seems to be confused on their sex.
    or the translator can't tell between male and female.
    Considering the source OP gave is google translator.
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  10. Post #10
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    November 2006
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    There's a plumber in Italy names Mario. Can he be sued by Nintendo for trademark infringement too? Probably not.Names that are generic can't be trademark.
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    And so; Facepunch's days of shouting to the stars "What's next, copyrighting names?!" finally comes to an abrupt closure as the corporate masses find new means for a quick buck.
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    I pleasure myself while wearing Combine armour~~
    digigamer17's Avatar
    May 2010
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    There's a plumber in Italy names Mario. Can he be sued by Nintendo for trademark infringement too? Probably not.Names that are generic can't be trademark.
    Shit I meant agree, bloody laggy fucking browser.
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    April 2011
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    Shit I meant agree, bloody laggy fucking browser.
    -snip because he already did it-

  14. Post #14
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    April 2010
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    giant
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    bullshit

    Edited:

    Not long ago I also found a possibly copyright infringing surname
    "De Gouw"
    Dutch translation of the LOTR's Shire
    Hah, I know like 5 people with that surname.

  15. Post #15
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    October 2008
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    And this is why we need to abolish copyright, ladies and gentlemen.
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    Hello everyone! I would like you to know that I am not a fan of nudity!!!
    JgcxCub's Avatar
    May 2009
    6,575 Posts
    article is bullshit.



    someone seems to be confused on their sex.
    or the translator can't tell between male and female.
    Pyro
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    And this is why we need to abolish copyright, ladies and gentlemen.
    I think it's more of need to prevent people from using copyright to bully each other.
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    I think it's more of need to prevent people from using copyright to bully each other.
    If we take out all the ways we know now, they'll just invent new ways.

    It's more effective to just remove the whole thing.
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  19. Post #19
    [b]MASSIVE HOMOPHOBE[/b]

    April 2010
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    We should sue anyone named Lockheed or Martin too!
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  20. Post #20
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    If we take out all the ways we know now, they'll just invent new ways.

    It's more effective to just remove the whole thing.
    Copyrights protect certain content and ideas from getting stolen. What's bad, and what happened in this article, was that it got used against someone.

    That's like saying you don't need the Police or the legal system. Sure, sometimes they work against us, counterclockwise, but if we didn't have them, all hell would break loose
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    February 2008
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    Next thing you know we'll be sued for breathing air.
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  22. Post #22
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    April 2009
    11,532 Posts
    Well then I'm fucked, my first name is gonna get me sued by Phillips.


    oh wait
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  23. Post #23
    this link changes
    ScottyWired's Avatar
    April 2012
    8,785 Posts
    Scott Clark. Two of the most common names in white society.
    I'm fucked:





    Actually, I think this calls for a game in fast threads. I'm making one now!
    EDIT- Post your names here now http://www.facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=1194199
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  24. Post #24
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    December 2008
    4,759 Posts
    So if my name was Sony Ericsson, I would get sued?

  25. Post #25
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    October 2011
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    So if my name was Sony Ericsson, I would get sued?
    No, they would've just killed you because you would've been too great a threat to their profits.
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  26. Post #26
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    Dennab
    June 2009
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    And this is why we need to abolish copyright, ladies and gentlemen.
    Getting rid of copyright will lead to a shitstorm of ripoffs that are allowed to use the name and looks of established brands ('Coca-Cola' that isn't actually Coca-Cola, a 'Microsoft' piece of software closer to malware than Norton Antivirus, etc). When the only way to figure out which package of bread is actually Mrs. Baird's and which package of bread just says it is but is actually made out of sand and bug guts is by buying both and trying each, you're going to want copyright back. It needs an overhaul and it needs to be followed less rigorously, getting rid of it completely is a horrible idea.
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  27. Post #27
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    Getting rid of copyright will lead to a shitstorm of ripoffs that are allowed to use the name and looks of established brands ('Coca-Cola' that isn't actually Coca-Cola, a 'Microsoft' piece of software closer to malware than Norton Antivirus, etc). When the only way to figure out which package of bread is actually Mrs. Baird's and which package of bread just says it is but is actually made out of sand and bug guts is by buying both and trying each, you're going to want copyright back. It needs an overhaul and it needs to be followed less rigorously, getting rid of it completely is a horrible idea.
    Can we at least agree that Software Patents need to go?
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  28. Post #28
    My last name is Kennedy, I sure hope NASA doesn't try to sue me!

  29. Post #29
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    December 2011
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    Oh dear. My last name is Macintosh. Apple's going to say I'm infringing their copyright and run me out of business.
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  30. Post #30
    Glod Menber
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    June 2008
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    So if my name was Sony Ericsson, I would get sued?
    I checked, there are 49 people called Sony Ericsson in Sweden alone
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  31. Post #31
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    February 2007
    13,287 Posts
    Spelling Eric with a C is not as common as spelling it with a K in Sweden though.
    My sister has a classmate named Sony Eriksson.

  32. Post #32
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    January 2005
    6,588 Posts
    I know a guy who has the last name of Cox, he hasn't been sued although someone did say "You suck, Cox!" to him once.
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  33. Post #33
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    July 2010
    3,015 Posts
    article is bullshit.



    someone seems to be confused on their sex.
    or the translator can't tell between male and female.
    Isn't Ms used for "Master" as well as "Miss"?

  34. Post #34
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    October 2007
    7,469 Posts
    Isn't Ms used for "Master" as well as "Miss"?
    Then again what teacher in their right mind would call themselves "master figaro".

  35. Post #35
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    July 2007
    2,337 Posts
    Good thing I wasn't named FunnyJunk.
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    Thought her last name would be "Scrolls".
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  37. Post #37
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    May 2011
    3,484 Posts
    Step 1: Start family business
    Step 2: Sue family members
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  38. Post #38
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    September 2010
    8,071 Posts
    Relevant.

  39. Post #39
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    lavacano's Avatar
    October 2008
    14,610 Posts
    Sure, sometimes they work against us
    The police are far less likely to be used against you than the copyright system.

  40. Post #40
    Premature Joculation
    cardfan212's Avatar
    April 2009
    7,932 Posts
    Oh no, my last name is Miller! I guess Ill be sued by Miller Welding and Miller Brewing.