I'm not a lawyer, although I was a legislator for time. Having made that
disclaimer, I'm sure you are quite safe about discussing a trademarked
product by name on the nets.
But what I'm curious about is -- is there any problem about you naming a
list BARBIE-L if "Barbie" is a trademarked name? I think an off-net
analogy would be if you were to create and publicize a local Star Trek
fan club that was not sanctioned by Paramount Studios -- could Paramount
sue you for trademark infringement because you used their trademark as
the name of your club? I wonder. I have a guess that if Paramount had
trademarked the Star Trek name for a fan club they had created IN
ADDITION to their trademark for cinematic purposes, they might have a case.
A question: did Mattel register "Barbie" as a trademark FOR THE NAME OF A
CLUB or discussion group, or use the name for those purposes, BEFORE your
BARBIE-L group was created and publicized? If you can show you were
there first, I'd guess that they then wouldn't have a substantial case.
But I'm not a lawyer and I don't purport to be offering legal advice.
These are just personal musings.
-- Roger Burns cfs-news @