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Seraphis Cain
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(01-08-2016, 03:24 PM)
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Was looking around at recently filed video game related trademarks because I apparently have no life and discovered something interesting:

https://trademarks.justia.com/868/01...-86801899.html

A filing by SCEA from this past October for the term "Let's Play", in relation to "electronic transmission and streaming of video games via global and local computer networks; streaming of audio, visual, and audiovisual material via global and local computer networks"

I mean, I'm not reading this wrong, am I? Is Sony actually trying to trademark the term "Let's Play"?

EDIT:

Originally Posted by Radio

I’m going to guess that they plan to use “Let’s Play” as part of PS4 streaming. They’re attempting to trademark it to prevent competitors from using the same phrase as part of their streaming service, not to prevent players from using it.

Basically, we could all still call our videos Let’s Plays, but Microsoft wouldn’t be able to use Let’s Play as part of XB1 streaming.

This seems like it makes sense, and would probably be my guess as well. And if that's the case, then cool, I see no issue with it.

EDIT 2: Also relevant:

Originally Posted by NihonTiger90

FYI, the USPTO sent Sony a non-final action on Dec. 29 about the filing, and those get sent out if there's a problem with the trademark filing.

They usually have 6 months (until June 29 in this case) to respond to the action before the trademark is considered abandoned.

I wonder if the examiner for the trademark sent the letter to Sony because they felt it was too broad a claim and it wouldn't hold up in court as is.

Last edited by Seraphis Cain; 01-08-2016 at 04:47 PM.
Warxard
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(01-08-2016, 03:25 PM)
Arrogant Sony is back!

I'm not sure that trademarking a common term among a huge community is a good idea...?
Xun
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(01-08-2016, 03:25 PM)
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#4theplayers

Ridiculous if that's actually the case.
dan2026
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(01-08-2016, 03:26 PM)
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You can't trademark generic terms like that.
ShadyPenguin
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(01-08-2016, 03:26 PM)
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Am man, this is not gonna end well.
Bedameister
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(01-08-2016, 03:27 PM)
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If true then good luck with that. What a stupid idea
enigmatic_alex44
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(01-08-2016, 03:27 PM)
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Pretty cringe but Sony has done worse.

Remember those stupid ass commercials with "Sony's own Kevin Butler"?



Did ANYONE find those funny?
Eggbok
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(01-08-2016, 03:27 PM)
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Originally Posted by Xun

#4theletsplayers

Ridiculous if that's actually the case.

FTFY
ThatsMytrunks
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(01-08-2016, 03:28 PM)
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Originally Posted by enigmatic_alex44

Pretty cringe but Sony has done worse.

Remember those stupid ass commercials with "Sony's own Kevin Butler"?

Did ANYONE find those funny?

Yes, and how dare you.
Psykotik
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(01-08-2016, 03:28 PM)
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Originally Posted by enigmatic_alex44

Pretty cringe but Sony has done worse.

Remember those stupid ass commercials with "Sony's own Kevin Butler"?

Did ANYONE find those funny?

those were pretty funny actually
Mr-Joker
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(01-08-2016, 03:28 PM)
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It does look like it, which is pretty lame and not going to end well for them.
DownGrader
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(01-08-2016, 03:28 PM)
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B-but...

Jebusman
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(01-08-2016, 03:28 PM)
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Originally Posted by dan2026

You can't trademark generic terms like that.

Every day someone tells me that and every day I see companies gets more and more broad/daring with what they trademark.

I'm sure if anyone ever really wanted to put up a fight about it a lot of trademarks would fall by the wayside, but that isn't going to stop companies from trying.
stryke
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(01-08-2016, 03:29 PM)
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brb, going to grab "playthrough" and "walkthrough".
The Jackdog
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(01-08-2016, 03:30 PM)
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Originally Posted by dan2026

You can't trademark generic terms like that.

You can
Nanashrew
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(01-08-2016, 03:30 PM)
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World of Longplays still safe!
nuttyevans
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(01-08-2016, 03:30 PM)
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Originally Posted by enigmatic_alex44

Pretty cringe but Sony has done worse.

Remember those stupid ass commercials with "Sony's own Kevin Butler"?



Did ANYONE find those funny?

That guy was great!
Occam
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(01-08-2016, 03:30 PM)
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In before MacDonald's trademarks "Let's eat", and Dixi "Let's shit".
entremet
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(01-08-2016, 03:31 PM)
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Originally Posted by dan2026

You can't trademark generic terms like that.

You must not be American.

Our courts will let you trademark tons of generic stuff.
StaticJam
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(01-08-2016, 03:31 PM)
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Could be part of a new ad campaign?
Flutterborn
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(01-08-2016, 03:31 PM)
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Originally Posted by stryke

brb, going to grab "playthrough" and "walkthrough".

I've trademarked the term "brb". Your lawyers will have news from my lawyers, mister.
FelipeMGM
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(01-08-2016, 03:31 PM)
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Well, the thing is there for like 3 months already and we have discussed more recent trademarks (Bound, Days Gone), I guess people didnt really care about this a few months ago.
Persona7
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(01-08-2016, 03:32 PM)
wow this is garbage
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foxbeldin
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(01-08-2016, 03:32 PM)
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Originally Posted by stryke

brb, going to grab "playthrough" and "walkthrough".

I'm taking control of "draw my life", "review" and "#FucKonami"
GeordieMark
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(01-08-2016, 03:32 PM)
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What a stupid idea.
Revolutionary
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(01-08-2016, 03:33 PM)
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Originally Posted by StaticJam

Could be part of a new ad campaign?

Nah dude, it's clearly a malicious attempt to cash in on YouTube Lets Plays! Arrogant Sony is back! /s
reKon
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(01-08-2016, 03:33 PM)

Originally Posted by enigmatic_alex44

Pretty cringe but Sony has done worse.

Remember those stupid ass commercials with "Sony's own Kevin Butler"?



Did ANYONE find those funny?

You must be fun at parties
JoshHood
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(01-08-2016, 03:33 PM)
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Sounds like it's just a tagline (This is for the players/It only does everything/Jump in etc.), rather than them trying to claim the term in the way it is used for videos.
KingBroly
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(01-08-2016, 03:33 PM)
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Originally Posted by StaticJam

Could be part of a new ad campaign?

Given the description, no. It's specifically about "LP's"
DownGrader
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(01-08-2016, 03:33 PM)
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Originally Posted by foxbeldin

I'm taking control of "draw my life", "review" and "#FucKonami"

I'll grab the "Reactions"!
Symphonia
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(01-08-2016, 03:35 PM)
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Originally Posted by Flutterborn

I've trademarked the term "brb". Your lawyers will have news from my lawyers, mister.

I trademarked 'the' - y'all can expect to be hearing from my legal team shortly.
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(01-08-2016, 03:35 PM)
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Originally Posted by Revolutionary

Nah dude, it's clearly a malicious attempt to cash in on YouTube Lets Plays! Arrogant Sony is back! /s

Uh, an ad campaign isn't a pass for trademarking a term that's widely been used by the public for years.
Triggerhappytel
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(01-08-2016, 03:36 PM)
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Originally Posted by enigmatic_alex44

Pretty cringe but Sony has done worse.

Remember those stupid ass commercials with "Sony's own Kevin Butler"?

Did ANYONE find those funny?

...Yes? They were pretty popular at the time, and I liked them. Look up when he came out on stage at E3.

Originally Posted by StaticJam

Could be part of a new ad campaign?

Good suggestion actually. Could be their next slogan after #4theplayers?
pastrami
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(01-08-2016, 03:36 PM)
I was surprised a couple weeks ago when I looked up "let's play" on YouTube and found out the Rooster Teeth guys had made a channel called LetsPlay. Was pretty annoying that they were monopolizing the search term.

Anyways, lots of companies have trademarked the term: http://www.trademarkia.com/mobile/tr...x?tn=Lets+play
Cereal Enthusiast
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(01-08-2016, 03:37 PM)
Excuse my ignorance, but if Sony trademark this term, does this mean I can't use it ? (Or that I need to pay them to use it ?)
toythatkills
(01-08-2016, 03:37 PM)
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Check out my new "Let us play" video, guys
SomedayTheFire
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(01-08-2016, 03:38 PM)
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Yeah this isn't as big as people would think. It just means they can use the term for commercial use and they're protected.
giancarlo123x
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(01-08-2016, 03:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by enigmatic_alex44

Pretty cringe but Sony has done worse.

Remember those stupid ass commercials with "Sony's own Kevin Butler"?



Did ANYONE find those funny?

Yes, best gaming related commercials.
FelipeMGM
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(01-08-2016, 03:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by pastrami

I was surprised a couple weeks ago when I looked up "let's play" on YouTube and found out the Rooster Teeth guys had made a channel called LetsPlay. Was pretty annoying that they were monopolizing the search term.

Anyways, lots of companies have trademarked the term: http://www.trademarkia.com/mobile/tr...x?tn=Lets+play

This up here people^

It doesnt mean much
DownGrader
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(01-08-2016, 03:39 PM)
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Originally Posted by toythatkills

Check out my new "Let us play" video, guys

Kiko
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(01-08-2016, 03:39 PM)
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Originally Posted by DownGrader

How about "Watch me play" ;D
Seraphis Cain
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(01-08-2016, 03:39 PM)
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Originally Posted by SomedayTheFire

Yeah this isn't as big as people would think. It just means they can use the term for commercial use and they're protected.

Actually it doesn't mean anything yet, from what I gather. They haven't actually been granted the trademark. The last status update on it was "non-final action mailed" from a bit over a week ago.
FelipeMGM
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(01-08-2016, 03:40 PM)
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Originally Posted by toythatkills

Check out my new "Let us play" video, guys

Dude, they got you as well

Pseudo Mark - LET US PLAY

https://trademarks.justia.com/868/01...-86801899.html

EDIT: Of course I was beaten
Berrigal
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(01-08-2016, 03:40 PM)
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Well, see all of you guys at my upcoming 'How About We Complete A Game' series.

Really though, this is way less heinous than King trying to trademark 'candy' and 'crush'.
rhandino
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(01-08-2016, 03:40 PM)
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Originally Posted by enigmatic_alex44

Pretty cringe but Sony has done worse.

Remember those stupid ass commercials with "Sony's own Kevin Butler"?



Did ANYONE find those funny?

I didn't but some of my friends loved them... idgi =/
DownGrader
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(01-08-2016, 03:40 PM)
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Originally Posted by Kiko

How about "Watch me play" ;D

Don't Let Me Play, But I'll Do It Anyway
SomedayTheFire
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(01-08-2016, 03:40 PM)
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Originally Posted by Seraphis Cain

Actually it doesn't mean anything yet, from what I gather. They haven't actually been granted the trademark. The last status update on it was "non-final action mailed" from a bit over a week ago.

Well, that's true. But when it is granted it won't mean too much.
hobblygobbly
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(01-08-2016, 03:40 PM)
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Yeah this won't turn out well for anybody involved.

toythatkills
(01-08-2016, 03:41 PM)
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Originally Posted by DownGrader

oh god i don't have the money for this lawsuit
genbatzu
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(01-08-2016, 03:41 PM)
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can you even grab a trademark on a word/phrase, which is used widely since years?

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