Friday, November 18, 2016

Can a story about the Amish and the election itself be a "trademark violation"?

Vox technology writer Timothy B Lee tweeted this story about the American Amish Brotherhood and its alleged role in helping throw the election to Trump in swing states, on ABC here. The title is “The Amish in America commit their vote to Donald Trump, mathematically guaranteeing him a victory”, dated Nov. 8.

But Lee asks, how is the story still online, and says “it’s a blatant trademark violation, for starters”.  I don’t get that.  How can a news story by itself be a trademark violation?  A domain name, yes.  A book or movie title that copies an existing franchise, yes.  But a news article?

The story sounds credible.  I often drive in this area, at least in Pennsylvania.