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Old 06 February 2013, 06:07 PM
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Borg In the Future, All Space Marines Will Be Warhammer 40K Space Marines

For years, there have been stories about Games Workshop being trademark bullies and sending threats to people who use the term "space marine" in connection with games. But now that they've started publishing ebooks, Games Workshop has begun to assert a trademark on the generic, widely used, very old term "space marine" in connection with science fiction literature.

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Old 06 February 2013, 06:31 PM
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While the person being sued ATM apparently doesn't have the money to fight them, hopefully, given how ubiquitous the term "space marine" is in science fiction a whole bunch of individual authors can pool their finances to combat this.
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Old 06 February 2013, 08:25 PM
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I understand wanting to protect a trademark - but "space marine" dates back to 1932! Surely they've got someone who can tell the difference between the generic term and someone trying to rip off their particular concept?
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Old 06 February 2013, 08:27 PM
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I don't think that the defense would be very difficult as the term "space marine" and its ilk have been thrown around ever since "Starship Troopers" was published in 1959 (and the genre defined), without anyone even trying to establish a trademark on it. Might as well try to trademark the term "space age".
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Old 06 February 2013, 09:41 PM
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Maybe they can trademark "Orc" next...
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Old 06 February 2013, 11:26 PM
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Maybe they can trademark "Orc" next...
In 40K it's "Ork"
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Old 07 February 2013, 12:54 AM
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And either way, it makes GW a dork.
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Old 07 February 2013, 01:37 AM
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We could all start calling them "Spase Merrines" then..
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Old 07 February 2013, 03:11 AM
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I should sue GW for releasing the horrible Space Marine video game -- and calling it a Space Marine Video game. it's horrible. and priests with guns are not Space Marines.
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