Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Space Marines and the Slavers




Oh dear, the creatively challenged suits and corporate lawyers at Games Workshop are making themselves look foolish again.

Apparently, they have forced a book off Amazon for infringing their trademark "Space Marine". The book in question is Spots the Space Marine by MCA Hogarth. Do they own the words space and marine when put together? It depends. They own the right to produce miniatures under that name and other related specific uses.

But it is ridiculous to suggest that no one can use those words for a story title. Observe above. This was published in 1936, and it is a sequel to Captain Brinks and the Space Marines, published in 1932.  There are later uses of the words by other authors.

The term "Space Marine" has also been used in: books by Robert Heinlein, who invented the armoured space soldier: Star Troopers, and John Ringo; Games like Doom, Quake, Timesplitters, Eat Lead, Alien Storm, and Freefall Tournament; and the film Starblazers.

Dr Who had Marine Space Corps back in '73: Death of the Daleks.

Using their economic muscle to bully some poor little web author like this makes GW look not only stupid but also bullying.



12 comments:

  1. great info !!!
    GW needs to watch themselves or Bob may own their golden throne in the future

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    1. His estate has a clear case of breach of copyright IMHO.

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  2. Or at least take a huge dump in their golden throne! I think when GW went up against Chapter House they got a bitter meds in their mouth, now they may get it again. The problem is the $ to hire the right lawyers to do their job.

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    1. As you say, one day they will try it on with the wrong person and get their clock cleaned.

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  3. GW being GW again. Its GW trademarks? and the words games and workshop, gish if it is then I am a war er

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    1. Insane but, as you say, typically GW.

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  4. What a crock. they are so full of themselves. How the mighty have fallen!

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  5. Typical, which is why I have nothing to do with GW. Period.

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    1. They do stir up customer resistence.

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  6. What a sad and misinformed collection of maladjusted ignorant philistines.

    Looking forward to the USMC launching itself into orbit; we'll see if they try to pick a fight then.....

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