Monday, August 01, 2011

Social media requirements to use "real names" need to recognized trademark significance of names to some artists

Recently (July 28), I reported on my “BillBoushka” blog requirements by Facebook and Google-Plus that user accounts be set up with “real names”, whether legally given or commonly known.

I think that service providers should realize that some artists and others use “nicknames” as legally recognized trademarks for business activity. Service providers who want members to work only in identified (not anonymous) environments should provide, on profile panels, places to enter legal names, nicknames, and trademark and pen names, so that visitors can check and not become confused.  But some providers do not provide enough buckets for all of this information. 

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