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Free The Mouse [Literally this time]
June 22, 2002 8:46 AM   Subscribe

Free The Mouse [Literally this time]
This Story from FL says Walt Disney Co. officials have until July 30 to decide whether to challenge the Genesee District Library's mascot for an alleged similarity to Mickey Mouse. Last summer, the library submitted a trademark registry request with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office for "Book Mouse," a blue, large-eared rodent wearing red-rimmed glasses and a backpack. Book Mouse appears on bumper stickers and in coloring books, and even marches in local parades. Library attorney Patric Parker said "I don't think we cut into their movie profits this last year."
posted by Blake (10 comments total)

 
Oh for God's sake: there's a big clear picture of the Book Mouse here. Not at all Mickey Mouse. Disney deserves public scorn over this crap.
posted by maudlin at 9:40 AM on June 22, 2002


At this rate, Disney aught to file a case against every single mouse/rat on this planet for impersonating/looking like their property.

P.S: How do I get to MetaTalk? metatalk.met4filter.org doesn't work.
posted by riffola at 10:37 AM on June 22, 2002


The image actually filed with the trademark application does bear a passing similarity to the Disney mouse ear logo. Disney probably wouldn't protest the image linked to by maudlin, but I can see why they'd object to the image the library is actually trying to trademark.
posted by dchase at 11:32 AM on June 22, 2002


Geeze, riffola, that belongs in MeTa!

DNS is down... If you want to hang with the cool kids, add this line to your hosts file (c:\windows\hosts if you're that sort, /etc/hosts if you're that sort, and Jeebus only knows if you're any other sort...):
209.10.108.201 metatalk.metafilter.com

posted by whatnotever at 11:42 AM on June 22, 2002


dchase, that's one damn scary mouse.

Bookmouse's Official Site (Flash). Looks like he's got some partners in crime. Look at Reada! They just stick some anntennae and wings on Minnie, paint her green, and pretend it's someone else? Please!
posted by whatnotever at 11:55 AM on June 22, 2002


I am sorry. :)
Thanks for confirming that whatnotever, I knew about the Turlyming DNS situation, but the met4filter.org domain worked for me so, I was just wondering about MeTa... thanks for the tip, but it didn't work for me. Editing hosts.sam didn't help
posted by riffola at 12:27 PM on June 22, 2002


hosts.sam is a sample. Copy it to a file called "hosts" and edit that. If you've already done this, please pretend I didn't write that.

So how about that mouse, everybody?

To redeem myself and to get back on track, another example of Disney's ruthless business practices:

"Walt Disney Productions has filed suit against porno shop in Shinjuku named "Porno Land Disney" which runs a massage service where the young female attendants wear mickey mouse caps." (source)

Doesn't that just boil your britches?
posted by whatnotever at 12:53 PM on June 22, 2002


I believe the mac format is:

metatalk.metafilter.com CNAME 209.10.108.201
posted by skallas at 5:53 PM on June 22, 2002


The image actually filed with the trademark application
looks more like a bear to me, than a mouse.
posted by LeLiLo at 3:16 PM on June 23, 2002


metatalk.metafilter.com CNAME 209.10.108.201

You shouldn't use CNAMEs for addresses; this really ought to be written as an A record.
posted by kindall at 4:01 PM on June 23, 2002


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