Sunday, June 27, 2021


Disclaimer: as far as I know, "Scamsaurus" is a made-up word, and I made it up moments ago.  I googled Scamsaurus, and was offered a choice of dinosaurs, among them Samosaurus or Camosaurus. I was also offered seemingly Japanese advice on ways to discern whether or not one might be dating a married man.

One has to be careful about words these days. The USPTO is experiencing a tidal wave of trademark applications, and they cannot cope with the influx from all over the world of persons wanting to lay claim to our words and phrases.

Be sure to check out the comments for unofficial theories. Maybe leave a comment; there is a place to include a self-promoting url.

The copyrightalliance is another fine source for information about copyright looting. The article on the Internet Archive is a great starting point, but then scroll down to their other fine blogs.

The Authors Guild recently sent out a warning about an apparent scam where the alleged scammer appears to have appropriated the Authors Guild logo for the letterhead of their deceptive correspondence by unsolicited email. Genuine literary agents probably have their own logos and trademarks. Genuine agents used to be quite open about rejecting 95% of authors' queries, and even if that may not be the case these days, agents are unlikely to query authors.

For more about the Authors Guild, start here:

Talking of deception by correspondence, legal blogger Frouke Hekker for Novograf gives a comprehensive list of scams targeted at intellectual property owners.

You have been warned!

All the best,

Rowena Cherry 

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