Company says it owns Bike Week name
For a mere $87.50, a little-known New York holding company last year quietly applied for and was granted the state trademark for the name "Daytona Beach Bike Week." Now the business hopes to turn that tiny investment into a potentially huge payday.
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#1 Nov 24, 2010
Freaking awesome! This shows the absolute blathering stupidity of the Daytona Beach City Commission. How ignorantly clueless do you have to be to not trademark the name of your city's biggest event?
I hope Mettemp Inc. sues the city for tens of millions next year when the inevitable stupidity of the City Commission uses the name.
Someone should make a picture book showing what a trademark is and bring it to the next City Commission meeting to try to teach these ignoramuses they are civilly liable if they use the name. They will also need to make a picture book showing what civil means and another showing what liable means.
As I have mentioned dozens of times before, the Daytona Beach City Commission is the STUPIDEST bunch of losers on the planet! This just goes to prove how true that is.
#2 Nov 24, 2010
It shows how ignorant the government in this country has become! It is common knowledge that "Daytona Bike Week" has been used long enough to establish it in fact (or law), the same as entering a property over another's, property eventually becomes property of the person using it through adverse hostile possession, or a couple living together is eventually considered common law law partners (married).
It would seem to me that any court or patent office entity that would not take the effort to determine the facts before rendering a major decision would be libel, or should be libel to a punitive suite against them by the City of Daytona.
Finally, I have never heard of "Daytona Beach Bike Week", only "Daytona Bike Week"; so what is the problem?
I hope Daytona gets a good lawyer (maybe pro-bono) and takes all involved in this scam to the cleaners for all they own or ever will own.
#3 Nov 25, 2010
"New York holding company"
Know wonder people worldwide can't stand money grubbing grifters from Noo Yawk.
Nothing but a den of thieves up there in Noo Yawk City.
#4 Nov 26, 2010
One can obtain 'copyright by use' as long as the subject matter is of sufficient originality to claim copyright. Daytona may attempt to use this in their legal claims, but Mettempt Inc. has proper legal claim to the name. Please see: The Copyright Clause of the Constitution and Copyright Act.
HOWEVER, to be so blindingly ignorant as to not legally protect something as obvious as "Daytona Beach Bike Week" boggles the mind. It is a PERFECT example of why Daytona is such a rotting corpse of town. Mettemp Inc. legally has a claim to the name and may very well end up owning "Daytona Beach Bike Week". Yes- the Daytona Beach City Commission is THAT stupid.
#5 Nov 29, 2010
Hmmmm - if the name 'Daytona Beach' is copyrighted maybe we can change the name of the town to 'Slum with a Beach' or 'Crackhead & Rapist Heaven' or the famous 'Came on Vacation - Left on Probation'.
I think 'Unemployment Capital' is already taken by Detroit.
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