Geez, are Google's lawyers so bored and underworked that they need to come up with reasons to sue people? Take a load of this nonsense.
Google Takes Legal Steps Against Using Its Name As A Verb
August 15, 2006 2:49 p.m. EST
Julie Farby - All Headline News Staff Writer (AHN)-Search engine giant Google has sent off a series of legal letters to media organizations, warning them against using its name as a verb.
The California-based company is becoming concerned about trademark violation, with a spokesman confirming that it had sent the letters, saying, "We think it's important to make the distinction between using the word Google to describe using Google to search the internet, and using the word Google to describe searching the internet. It has some serious trademark issues."
In June, Google won a place in the Oxford English Dictionary, while "to google", with a lower case "g", was included last month in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, America's leading reference book.
Meanwhile, the online service WordSpy, defines "google" as: "To search for information on the Web, particularly by using the Google search engine; to search the Web for information related to a new or potential girlfriend or boyfriend." This is also what pops up first if you type "googling" into Google.
In an attempt to protect the company's trademark, the letters have raised sneers after they were leaked on to the web, with bloggers making fun of the examples Google's lawyers deem acceptable. They included: "Appropriate: I ran a Google search to check out that guy from the party. Inappropriate: I googled that hottie."
However, according to the Independent's report, eyebrows may be raised, too, in the publishing and media industries, which are worried about Google's encroachment on their intellectual property via its Google News pages and its plan to put every book ever published on to the web.
What's next, Humprey Bogart's estate suing over "don't bogart that joint"?
Google needs to get a life.