The Net Barfs in the Face of That Giraffe's Lawyers
The ``Buzzards "R" Us''
group convinced Richard Feinberg to change the name
of his company
from ``Guns Are Us'' to ``Guns Are We'' and then to
``We Are Guns''. But they took him to court, anyway...
As reported in the ``New York Law Journal''
on November 3, 1998 by Deborah Pines, Southern District
Judge Allen G. Schwartz dismissed TRU's claims:
Judge Schwartz noted, among other things, that Mr.
Feinberg's web address, does not use the toy store's trademark
"R." He also noted that Mr. Feinberg's wares are far different
than those of Toys 'R' Us and are mostly sold to sophisticated
consumers -- firearms dealers -- over the Internet.
[Feinberg] estimated that the toy stores' lawyers submitted
1,500 pages of pleadings to the court to bolster their claim,
while he submitted only about 20 pages. "I just answered their
charges truthfully, in short sentences," he said.
"It is doubtful that prudent purchasers would be misled into
thinking that Toys 'R' Us sponsored, approved, or endorsed
defendant's firearm products, sold out of a small shop in
Massachusetts and on his web site," Judge Schwartz wrote.
The Net Laughs in the Face of That Giraffe's Lawyers
was one of the first two sites that appeared as R-Us sites out of the
blue in my inbox. The name and content has changed, but that is the
nature of the Web.
was the other one. He's had to change the name back When he was using
his web page to look for a job, and now he's completely redone it.
But he still holds a place of honor.
is bound to have you rolling on the floor. Unless, of course, you are
an attorney for Toys-R-Us. Chris
Cheyney got this idea while talking to a lawyer friend!
may or may not have been a part of the Rebellion. I never did
find out. But meanwhile, the Gireaffe-like monstrosity is
spinning in his grave-to-be! (now inactive)
is not a part of the Rebellion. But will the Evil Giraffe try to
sue the homeless, and those trying to help them?
is a part of the Rebellion, in more ways than just this.
Russell believes you can't start thinking about marriage early
enough. Check out his daughters. They're cute!
Like Tates-R-Us, a family-name-based vanity page. This name was
definitely a part of the fight. !Viva la revolucion! And many thanks,
Peter! (I don't know where the pages went, but they didn't leave
because of a giraffe!)
Another Chris Cheyney page, this one has attracted the
evil eyeball of our
least favorite georaffe.
A great quote-server site, with lots of built-in humor, and
a wonderful little nose-thumbing at the humor-impaired ones.
Be usre and check out the "Note" for TRU - there's a great
OK, so their site name is ``Professional Trademarks''. It's
their domain name that we like!
Please send all sightings of non-sanctioned R-Us
URLs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, a surprising list of pre-extant ``R-Us'' sites was sent
in by Killjoys R Us, to whom I send
many thanks. If TRU plans to harass every ``R-Us'' out there, they
might as well start hiring a lot more Legal Assault Giraffes, and raise
their prices proportionally to pay for them all.
Other Heinous Trademark Violating Sites
These were just the ones I found in Lycos that actually said
[TRU vs RRU Page]
[Out of the Blue!]
[An Incredulous Reply]
[Lightning Strikes Twice]
[A Slap to the Head]
[They Think They Won]
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