Saturday, October 23, 2010

Halloween attraction called "Field of Screams" creates trademark battle in Maryland with a nonprofit

Here’s a curious trademark battle going on, between the Mountville, PA “Field of Screams” attraction, and a non-profit “Field of Screams” fundraiser by the Olney, MD Boys and Girls Community Sports Association. It’s wound up as a trademark claim in a Maryland court, with some urgency. The Oct. 17 Washington Post story by Maria Glod is here.

The media sometimes called it a copyright claim, but it is not; titles can’t be copyrighted. They can be trademarked when they are repeated in a series or at various locations, to the point of becoming a commercial “brand”.

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