This is a quick summary of my recent posts and an update about trademark applications on my watch list. Faleena Hopkins created hoopla over COCKY prosecution of Romance and Erotica authors in what appears to have been an attempt to promote her Cocker Brothers series of books. Her trademarks are pending cancellation. She's still in … Continue reading Trademark Checks: From Rebellion to Storytellers
This is another post about a trademark of a single word. This one was from the United Kingdom and it's insensible. The uses on the application include nearly everything and the kitchen sink. Honestly, I'm not sure the list includes kitchen sinks because I have too much to do than figure out whether or not … Continue reading A Subversive Thought: No One Owns ‘Rebellion’
I've already draft seven more posts about how the cocky trademarks popping up might give everyone a hard time in the near future. The research alone is draining. I don't want to spend much time on post headers for each announcement of these ridiculous-appearing trademark applications. You're going to see repeats or nothing in header … Continue reading More Cocky Trademarks: Weird Stuff
Puns are fun but they're too easy when words everyone use are claimed in the recent rash of trademark abuse. Today's focus on trademark applications is "BIG". An application to trademark “BIG” was just filed. More information: Status: https://t.co/57eZmDHrC2 Documents: https://t.co/7R99NdT4mf AMZN: https://t.co/z5gUv3aHwL keywords: fiction — CockyBot™ (@cockybot) June 16, 2018 I don't yet know … Continue reading The BIG Distraction in CockyGate
Stop for a moment, will you? You're reading this, presumably from my blog, which is a space to talk about erotic romance, speculative fiction, and the politics of technology. At this time, I can't think of any event that brings those topics together with more immediacy than CockyGate. In my previous post, I assumed readers … Continue reading Watching Out for Dicks in CockyGate
The grab for common words in USA-based fiction publishing quickly grew into one Hell of a cocked-up situation. CockyGate involves deception, bullying, and risks to the publishing industry as a whole. Romance Writers of America and Authors Guild have support the scattered authors and publishers who were threatened with legal action or who watched their … Continue reading A Ridiculous Expansion to CockyGate
Thoughts on #GuessWrite and a pre-made story cover.