Amazon has knuckled under to this publisher's legally questionable (probably unenforceable)claim that "Space Marine" is a trademark which must be observed. In fact, it is registered for GAMES PURPOSES ONLY, and even that does not make it immune to challenge.
From the U.S. OFFICIAL registry:
Goods and Services IC 028. US 022. G & S: board games, parlor games, war games, hobby games, toy models and miniatures of buildings, scenery, figures, automobiles, vehicles, planes, trains and card games and paint, sold therewith. FIRST USE: 19870900. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19871000
Amazon, grow a pair, would you?
"An author I know (MCA Hogarth) recently had her book Spots the Space Marine taken off Amazon because Games Workshop claimed it violated their trademark. The interesting thing? Their trademark doesn't include ebooks or novels. Unfortunately, she doesn't have the money to fight them. Plus, the idea of a space marine was around long before they were: 'In their last email to me, Games Workshop stated that they believe that their recent entrée into the e-book market gives them the common law trademark for the term "space marine" in all formats. If they choose to proceed on that belief, science fiction will lose a term that's been a part of its canon since its inception.' Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing also made this important point: 'Amazon didn't have to honor the takedown notice. Takedown notices are a copyright thing, a creature of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. They don't apply to trademark claims. This is Amazon taking voluntary steps that are in no way required in law.'"
- Hardcover: 440 pages
- Publisher: Games Workshop (30 June 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907964797
- ISBN-13: 978-1907964794
- Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 4 x 28.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 2 Kg
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