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Google To Crack Down On The Misuse Of Its Trademarked Name


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Posted 17 August 2006 - 03:36 PM

Google is Tired of Googling
Brandon Hill (Blog) - August 17, 2006 9:53 AM
DailyTech reported last month that Google was concerned over the use of its trademarked name in reference to general internet search. This concern was expressed after the word "google" popped up in the 11th edition of the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Now the company intends to crack down on the misuse of its name.

What has Google upset is people who use phrases like "I'm going to google it" or "I just googled his name on the Internet and found what I was looking for." "We think it's important to make the distinction between using the word 'Google' to describe using Google to search the Internet and using the word 'google' to generally describe searching the Internet. It has some serious trademark issues, said a representative for Google.
http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=3834


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Posted 17 August 2006 - 05:22 PM

sounds like something AOL would do. It's fre advertising!!!!!!!!! Take it when you can get it!!!!!!!!

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 05:40 PM

Lawsuits don't keep the language from changing. Consider the following examples:

I'm going to xerox this.

I'm going to make jello.

I have velcro fastenings on my shoes. [What else can you call velcro anyway]?

I need some kleenex.

I know the first three at least have tried to stop such usage, but there hasn't been much luck in everyday speech from what I've observed.

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 06:03 PM

Yeah, but unless Google activly sue people for using the word google for all kinds of stuff they will loose the trademark by default.
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Posted 17 August 2006 - 06:35 PM

That gugly side of Google causes me to giggle at the gaggle of Googlers.
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Posted 17 August 2006 - 06:40 PM

Pretty poor show in my opinion..............biting the hand that feeds them. :thumbsup: :flowers:

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 06:42 PM

What are they going to do? Sue everyone in the united states and other countries for using the word google when talking to there friends?

Come on man... It just makes more people think of your site...

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 06:43 PM

That gugly side of Google causes me to giggle at the gaggle of Googlers.


Great tongue-twister buddy215! :thumbsup: and funny too. Would you mind if I had my English as a Second Language students practice saying it?

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 06:57 PM

Orange Blossom, You have my permission. Are there any hackers in the class? Wouldn't want to get spammed!
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Posted 17 August 2006 - 07:24 PM

Thanks for the okay to use the tongue-twister. :thumbsup:

The students won't see the tongue-twister on the computer, unless they find it themselves. I plan to write it out on the white board or print it out on a piece of paper with - by buddy215 (unless you'd like me to credit you in a different way. Send me a PM if you do.) at the bottom of the tongue-twister. The computer won't be involve for this activity.

For these classes, I use computers mainly to teach the students research skills and the names of the computer while also pounding in a few basic security lessons and some everyday language use such as "googling for ..." :flowers: Regardless of the trademark issue, they need to understand what is meant when people say it.

Whether there's hackers in the class - well it's always a possibility, but many of them don't even understand basic functions like minimizing windows or right clicking the mouse to get a menu to copy and paste. On the other hand, I do have some students with Ph.D.'s in computer science, and my student membership changes from week to week.

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Edited by Orange Blossom, 17 August 2006 - 11:11 PM.

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 07:28 PM

The problem is with those darn language classes is that they teach people the proper language but no one speaks the proper language...

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 07:52 PM

:thumbsup: Peter Powell linked to this topic in chat the other day.

Y'all want to know what I think about this bit of silliness?


L@@k Here ;)

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Edited by Scarlett, 17 August 2006 - 07:59 PM.

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 08:22 PM

:thumbsup: Does your google page REALLY look like that?

Incidently, who's Peter Powell?

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 09:03 PM

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 09:34 PM

I have velcro fastenings on my shoes. [What else can you call velcro anyway]?


hook and loop fasteners (the technical name for velcro). My Grandmother was picky about these things. kleenex were tissues, aint was is not/are not

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