Don’t You Dare to ;-) Me!

Filed as News on December 15, 2008 8:21 am

Oleg Teterin, a Russian entrepreneur, has gotten trademark approval for the ;-) emoticon, and he intends to cash in on it, says BBC. “Tens of thousands of dollars” will be the fine, but you can continue to use it in your personal IMs.

“I want to highlight that this is only directed at corporations, companies that are trying to make a profit without the permission of the trademark holder,” Mr Teterin said in comments on the Russian TV channel, NTV.

Now, this is most likely just a PR stunt, but even if Teterin is serious, it is highly unlikely that this will hold up. Personally, I find it hilarious, so I’ll use it one more time. I needn’t worry, the Blog Herald’s owner – Splashpress Media – will pick up the tab!

So ;-) to all the readers!

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  1. By Melissa Donovan posted on December 16, 2008 at 2:56 am
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    Uh oh, I use that one all the time. I don’t see how anyone could copyright something like that, and I wonder if his copyright is valid in the U.S., which is where my site is hosted (and where I live).


  2. By Joy-Mari posted on December 20, 2008 at 11:28 pm
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    This is crazy. Or is this what greed looks like?


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