No more "Martin logos" for Red Nose Day, St. David's Day and more due to Google? blog

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  • Reverbe
    Reverbe Posts: 4,210
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    That has to be nonsense Martin.. There are a lot of software packages we can all use to play about with our pics.. they cannot tell us we dont have the right to muck about with pics we take and are of ourselves
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  • Aww I hope not, I like the 'seasonal' Martin pics (though whilst I appreciate you're a busy bunch they could be put up/taken down earlier - the Valentine's one only seemed to go up on the day itself and was then there for ages...)!
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  • nzseries1
    nzseries1 Posts: 2,240 Forumite
    I thought that this was an April Fools' Day blog post, but then realised that's not for another week!
    Surely this cannot be true? If so, Google are going against their "don't be evil" motto, well, even more against it than usual!!
    You're spelling is effecting me so much. Im trying not to be phased by it but your all making me loose my mind on mass!! My head is loosing it's hair. I'm going to take myself off the electoral role like I should of done ages ago and move to the Caribean. I already brought my plane ticket, all be it a refundable 1.
  • Joe_Bloggs
    Joe_Bloggs Posts: 4,535 Forumite
    This must be an April Fools day joke than has been mistakenly issued a week early.
    Patent law is a joke. What will they try and patent next ? My guess is walking upright, the wearing of hats and the shaking of hands.
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  • nzseries1
    nzseries1 Posts: 2,240 Forumite
    Joe_Bloggs wrote: »
    This must be an April Fools day joke than has been mistakenly issued a week early.

    Um, excuse me, I patented that idea back at 10:41 AM. Prepare to be sued.
    You're spelling is effecting me so much. Im trying not to be phased by it but your all making me loose my mind on mass!! My head is loosing it's hair. I'm going to take myself off the electoral role like I should of done ages ago and move to the Caribean. I already brought my plane ticket, all be it a refundable 1.
  • MSE_Martin
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    Our lawyer thinks its likely to have limited impact for us.... still double checking though
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  • MorphJunk
    MorphJunk Posts: 273 Forumite
    [Warning: age-specific gag follows]

    It seems the Google boys must have spent a lot of time playing on the Sega Mega Drive in their youth; their latest statement on the matter simply says:

    "All your
    logo are belong to us..."



    My internal monologue needs new writers.

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  • Decorian
    Decorian Posts: 28 Forumite
    I like the seasonal Martin's logos, they should stick around.

    Surely you can use the "Prior Art" argument. You've been doing it for years before the patent was filed, and therefore either the patent is not valid, or you have an exemption from it.
    I am not a lawyer (I'm a physicist) so obviously don't take my word for it, but i thought something that was already common practice is not allowed to be patented.

    You may even be able to have the patent rejected if you file evidence of prior art to the patent office, but again I'm not sure about these things.

    I really hope Google don't turn evil and start throwing patents around like the rest of the computing giants.
    All posts made are simply my own opinions and are not professional advice.
  • spook
    spook Posts: 233 Forumite
    I suspect this is just Google trying to protect themselves in case someone else patents the same idea and tries to get Google to stop. They will never actually enforce it.

    This sort of thing happens a lot due to the brokenness of the patent system.

    Anyway, Google certainly weren't the first to do special event logos - Yahoo used to do it in the 90s, before Google existed. Many TV stations did it before that.
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