In their last email to me, Games Workshop stated that they believe that their recent entrée into the e-book market gives them the common law trademark for the term “space marine” in all formats.The larger science fiction community, after hearing about the takedown notice, has rallied to Hogarth's cause, pointing out that the idea of "Space Marines" is a rather generic term that has been around in SF literature since the early 20th century, including authors like EE "Doc" Smith and Robert Heinlein's 1939 short story Misfit. According to TV Tropes entry on Space Marines:
Space Marines first turn up in the short story "Captain Brink of the Space Marines" by Bob Olsen in Amazing Stories Volume 7, Number 8, of November 1932, and a later followup, 1936's "The Space Marines and the Slavers." The trope, however, fully rose to prominence with the use of the term on the wildly popular Lensman Series beginning in 1934. In 1959, Starship Troopers codified the trope, popularizing the emblematic Power Armor and the array of exotic weaponry they wield. Warhammer 40000 is notable for taking these aspects to a peak, and also for owning a registered trademark on the name "Space Marine." This is because large-scale game Adeptus Titanicus had an expansion called Space Marine which was later taken as the title for the re-release of the entire game.Author Cory Doctorow pointed out that Amazon legally didn't have to comply with GW's takedown request. As of Wednesday Hogarth reports that The Electronic Frontier Foundation have been in contact, and many hope somebody will take up her cause pro bono as she has made it clear GW has much deeper pockets to pay lawyers than she does. GW also in recent years filed a lawsuit against Chapterhouse Studios, makers of resin models and conversion bits that GW says look a whole lot like their trademarked products.
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