So I requested that Yahoo! Copyright Team tell me more about the request to change the name of my Flickr group, Name That Movie, and as expected, the request came from "Name That Tune, Inc.," the TV show that ran in the 1950's, 70's and 80's. Pretty ridiculous that they care about a little obscure Flickr group since there are sites like "Name My Tune" that they don't appear to be challenging.
So I'm trying to see if "Name This Tune" passes. It kind of doesn't matter since I rarely post to the group anymore, but was funny to see how far trademark holders will go to protect their meaningless name, even when their brand/product is pretty much nonexistent anymore.
Gimme a freakin' break. Someone owns the trademark for "Name That Movie" and so I can't have a group of the same name. It's not like I'm using the name in a domain name or other application that's making money. Unbelievable.
Anyway, I'm going to have to rename the personalize URL of the group and give it a new name. If you have any suggestions for a name that might make sense, let me know. I don't really want to deal with it, but have to.
I'm thinking "Can you name this movie?" or "Kiss my ass trademark holder of name that movie."
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