Monday, March 02, 2009

Where Trademark Lawyers Have Gone Before

The town council in Vulcan, Alberta is asking CBS for a license to use the Star Trek trademark, according to the local paper. While this town at the edge of the Badlands only by coincidence, for years it's used its monicker to attract Trek tourists like Tribbles to, well, any kind of food. The cost of a license is $5,000. You just know that somewhere, the one resident who isn't making money off the tourist traps is probably howling: "Dammit, Jim, I'm a taxpayer, not a Trekkie!"
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