http://translate.google.com/translat...233364&act=urlMs 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"
"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."