[LINK] Banning Bake-offs
Tue, 23 Jan 2001 13:15:33 +1100
Richard and Linkers
I think I will just go on using English and see if anyone sues me.
What about this one from:
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Why the hyphen in "Meta-Data"?
The term "metadata" as a single, un-hyphenated word with either the first
or all letters capitalized has been claimed as copyrighted by the Metadata
Corporation. In order to avoid any potential litigation, IMS has adopted a
policy of always hyphenating this word, no matter what the case.
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So it looks like the generous corporation will let us use the word if it is
all in lower case but you can't start a sentence with it because then you
would have to use the copyright breaching capital M (and MS(tm) Word(tm)
gets cranky if you start a sentence without a capital letter).
Laugh or cry - take you pick.
At 12:16 PM 23/01/01 +1000, Chirgwin, Richard wrote:
>For your amusement: the Pillsbury company in the USA has started sending
>cease-and-desist letters to various organisations telling them not to use
>the term bake-off - eg "router bake-off" - because "Bake-off" is owned by
>Pillsbury. Stop laughing, this is serious ... a helpful staffer at Colombia
>University has posted correspondence with Pillsbury.
>Other refs on the Columbia site.
>Anyone got an OED handy?
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