Today this comment was posted on this blog, claiming that the name panospace is registered / copyrighted. While I am considering my options, I temporarily suspend blogging here.
My reaction is in no way an implied nor explicit acknowledgment of wrongdoing and I reserve myself the right to continue blogging here. As far as I know I have done nothing wrong and I am not violating any U.S. or Canadian law, but I am not inclined to attract bad vibrations.
To be sure, I made a quick research again. There is no entry for panospace in the U.S. Trade Mark Database (wordpress.com is domiciled in the U.S. and under U.S. jurisdiction). Nor in Canada where I am resident.
I am not too familiar with U.S. Trade Mark laws, but here in Canada it is most likely that the term panospace will be considered a generic composite noun that can’t be registered. Or has anybody registered / copyrighted / trademarked the terms cyberspace? and panohead?
I have no intention to infringe on anybody’s right, but I have also no intention to be intimidated, and I will defend my rights if necessary.
This accident reminds me of a similar accident on the defunct French Photopanorama YahooGroup, when somebody claimed ownership to the word “panographe”. He was greeted with hostility and kicked out by the group, whose members are all competing and all call themselves “panographes” without the need to claim exclusivity or potential confusion. Maybe there is a loophole in French legislation? Anyway, French legislation does not apply here.
What do you think?
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