[LINK] Freedom of Expression (TM)

Chirgwin, Richard Richard.Chirgwin@informa.com.au
Fri, 7 Feb 2003 07:21:33 +1000

Reality always has a way of outstripping imagination:

>A bid by Kellogg's to control the recipe for chocolate crackles has 
>raised the potential for the community cake stall to be found in breach of
the law.
>The United States cereal giant claims on its website to have developed the 
>popular Australian children's recipe over 50 years ago, and is now seeking 
>a registered trademark. 

Words fail me.

Richard Chirgwin

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Lean [mailto:m.lean@qut.edu.au]
Sent: Thursday, 6 February 2003 08:14
To: link@anu.edu.au
Subject: Re: [LINK] Freedom of Expression (TM)

"Kembrew McLeod, an artist and assistant professor at the University of
Iowa, believes that "freedom of expression" -- or at least the phrase --
belongs to him, because he registered it as a trademark in 1998. And now
that AT&T is using the phrase in some print ads, he wants them to stop."
- Houston Chronicle

Does anyone remember a SF story - probably the 1960s - set in a world where
copyright inspectors walked around with listening devices strapped to their
bodies, and eavesdropped on conversations. If you were heard to use a
copyrighted word, the cash register went "ding" and the inspector put out
his hand for payment.
If anyone can recall this, I'd appreciate a source, as I want to use it in a


Michael M. Lean JP (Qual)
University Copyright Officer
Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University
Brisbane, Australia
Phone 07 3864 4024  Fax 07 3864 1823  Mobile 0438 589 181
CRICOS No. 00213J

"There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing  as simply
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                        Kenneth Grahame -The Wind in the Willows  1910