Friday, January 15, 2010

Best Unauthorized Use of a Registered Trademark Goes Too...

Cincinnati MetroMix had egg on its face this week with what they had originally billed as the "Best of Cincinnati" contest. CityBeat made MetroMix aware of the problem with using "Best of Cincinnati" which is a federally trademarked item. MetroMix updated the information surrounding the contest, including the website.

The moral of the story, check with the lawyers before using a title that sounds like a very similar title for a very similar contest that's been around for 14 years. Better yet, be original, and don't rely on corporate programs! A long winded moral, but one that everyone should learn. The non-relying-on-corporate part is the hardest part to do, since most of reliance is mandatory. Another reason to read local.

The actual Best of Cincinnati voting opens soon!

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