On 12/07/2013 18:05, john g marr wrote:
On Thu, 11 Jul 2013, Brent Eckert wrote:
A book title cannot be copyrighted, but apparently it can be registered as a trademark.
I believe that all it means is that no one else can use “DSM” or “DSM-5” as the title of another book, nor as the name of a product.
I understand you are not giving legal advice (out of fear of unaffordable court action), but how about a title with a qualifying subtitle, e.g. “DSM-5 : $b fact or fiction?”
This reminds me of the word Metadata® vs. meta data. Many years ago, I saw the website www.metadata.com and discovered that they had registed the word “metadata” “… in 1986 in the United States of America Patent and Trademark Office as U.S. Trademark Registration No 1,409,206 and is a valuable proprietary trade name and trademark belonging to The Metadata Company. The trademark was granted “Incontestable” status in 1991.” They tried to make everyone conform to their rule:
“If the intent of the use of the term METADATA is to mean “data about data”, then it should be used as two words (meta data) or hyphenated (meta-data).”
To be succinct: it didn’t work and everyone, including me, continued to use “metadata”. Now the only place to find their “helpful” guidelines about use of their “valuable proprietary trade name” is in the Internet Archive in the Wayback Machine: http://web.archive.org/web/20001031171151/http://metadata.com/word.htm#meta-data
Their current pages look very sad http://www.metadata.com/