Julian Assange Doesn't Want to Trademark His Name, But He Must

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It's a nonstop job for WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange to defend themselves against the endless onslaught of biased journalists that may or may not be a part of a vast ("Jewish") conspiracy. After yesterday's battle with the British magazine Private Eye, over the level of Jewishness behind the conspiracy, Assange and WikiLeaks are working backwards, responding to the earlier reports of Assange trademarking his own name.

Via the official WikiLeaks Twitter, Assange says that "some press outlets spun a story about Julian Assange trademarking 'Julian Assange,' 'WikiLeaks' and associated logos." It's not his fault everyone else is sketchy or otherwise greedy:

These are defensive applications following the discovery of fraudulent trademark applications in Berlin, made last November and December. The most basic journalistic research (performing a trade mark search) makes these fraudulent applications obvious.

http://tmview.europa.eu/tmview/basicSearch.html

Whether the motivations of the fraudulent applications are to shutdown or harass WikiLeaks or to wrongfully profit from its good name are unknown, but the applications try to gain exclusive rights on almost every area of the economy, from clothing to the internet.

If such a trademark is acquired, it can then be used to assist in shutting down WikiLeaks domain names and other functions. The same issue exists for "Julian Assange".

It makes sense, but "defensive" is right.

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]


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