This past weekend one of my writing groups appears to have come under attack.
Adele Dubois, received a Cease and Desist order for using her real name. Apparently Sony represents some singer named Adele. I’ve never heard of this singer or any of her songs. I’m sure she’s a nice lady and wish her the best.
But, it’s wrong to threaten a person’s livelihood for using her real name. Just like it’s wrong for google and facebook to require your Social Security Number to verify who you are. Big brother already has that info, the internet companies shouldn’t be allowed to require that for verification. Three weeks ago I lost my blogger, google, google+ and youtube accounts, because I refuse to give them my SSN. Ridiculous, but there you have it.
Part of Sony’s complaint includes a URL to Marianne Stephens’ book, which has nothing to do with Adele. Marianne owns the copyrights to her book.. So what exactly is the problem?
Plus according to the copyrights laws themselves here you cannot copyright names, slogans, titles, or short phrases.
Here is Diana Reese’s article about it on the Washington Post blog.
How far should we let big businesses reach into our personal lives? Are we just going to let them stomp all over our Constitutional rights? Wake up America! If we let them get away with this now, what’s next? Who will be the next target? What about our fellow Authors? How many of them are next?
Watch out anyone who has a first or last name that might be trademarked by a big company! Who knows what will happen next…
How far will you allow them reach into your lives?
According to the email Adele Dubois sent the RBRU group this morning the matter has been closed. Sony and google withdrew their complaint and reinstated her blog post. Thanks for everyone’s outpouring of support! It made a huge difference.