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Yahoo Serious Fights Yahoo! trademark

Hemos posted about 13 years ago | from the the-levels-of-comedy dept.

The Courts 350

fsck writes "Australian actor Yahoo Serious is fighting Internet portal Yahoo! for the trademark to the word Yahoo, registered with the Australian Trade Marks Office in August. Yahoo! was founded in 1994, whereas Yahoo Serious changed his name by deed poll in 1980. It sounds as though Mr Serious is, among other things, tired of receiving any more misdirected Yahoo! snail mail." The levels of comedy to this are astounding.

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Worship me. (-1)

(c) Penis (525494) | about 13 years ago | (#2387749)

Cherish my balls!

Re:Worship me. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2387754)

Two BB's and a tic-tac.

-The AC Avenger

Re:Worship me. (-1)

(c) Penis (525494) | about 13 years ago | (#2387796)

But you must admit that my pr0stering skillz are quite witty. Better than whatever bile you spew out, mister, uh, "Avenger".

Re:Worship me. (-1)

(c) Penis (525494) | about 13 years ago | (#2387767)

Suck it. First post.

You need this information (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2387882)

The main guidelines for anal sex are Communication, Relaxation, Lubrication. You see, your anus consists of two rings of muscle, dubbed the external and internal sphincters. Your external sphincter is under your voluntary control--you can relax it at will. But your internal sphincter is _not_ under voluntary control. If you are tense, your internal sphincter will be tight, and trying to force anything into it will hurt, which will make you (and it) even _more_ tense. So the rule in anal sex is to go slowly; you can't force your way into enjoying it.

Communication: talk about what you're going to do before you do it! Don't just roll your partner over and surprise them; they won't be relaxed and it won't be fun. Make sure you both are comfortable with the idea of anal play. Relaxation: listen to your body. If your ass wants to be played with, you will know; if it doesn't, don't rush anything. Lubrication: your anus doesn't lubricate, so you need to use a WATER-SOLUBLE lubricant such as KY Jelly or Probe. Use LOTS of it; it's clean! The more lube you use, the more comfortable you will be. And finally, communication again: if you haven't played with your anus before, the sensations will be intense and strange. You may feel like you are having a bowel movement when your partner slides their fingers out of you; it takes some experience to realize that this feeling is deceptive and that what you're feeling won't result in a soiled bedsheet.

It's not enough to just clean your anus, though; your partner should also use a latex barrier (a glove for fingering, a dental dam or a piece of (non-microwaveable) Saran Wrap for licking, and a condom for fucking) when having sex with you. This is true in general, but especially true for anal sex; unprotected anal sex is the riskiest kind of sex with regard to transmitting STDs of any sort. Also, using protection often increases the sensation of safety and cleanliness, which helps many people relax and enjoy the experience more. (Some say that anal play isn't as risky as all that. The facts are that in some cities intestinal parasites, spread by unprotected anal sex, have been considered a serious sexually transmitted public health problem, with thousands of people infected. Decide for yourself how much risk you want to accept.) And anything that has come in contact with the anus should be cleaned thoroughly (or thrown away, in the case of latex barriers) before coming into contact with the mouth or vagina.

I already mentioned that it's not a good idea to force anything. Let me be more emphatic: if you feel pain in your ass while you're having anal sex, STOP. Too-rough anal sex can stress and possibly tear the anal lining, which can lead to very serious infections. Anal sex does NOT mix with force, and should NEVER be used as a way to inflict pain. And if you find yourself bleeding from the rectum, go see a doctor IMMEDIATELY. (Don't be embarrassed--they've seen it all before... just get yourself taken care of!)

That said, I need to clarify what I meant by STOP if you feel pain. That is what you should do: stop moving. The pain may just be your sphincter muscle complaining about stretching a bit, and when you stop pushing it will stop hurting--and possibly relax some more. If it doesn't stop hurting when you stop moving, THEN you want to pull out (slowly) and take appropriate action. If it does stop, wait a little, then begin again... your ass will let you know if it wants to stop altogether. (So pay attention to it! Getting drunk is NOT a good idea, as you don't want to block out any pain you may feel. The FAQ List No-Prize for Worst Sexual Product goes to an "anal lube" that contained oil (and therefore couldn't be used with gloves or condoms), AND which advertised itself as being best for anal sex BECAUSE it contained benzocaine "for greater comfort"! If anyone did hurt themselves through using it, I hope they sued the hell out of the company.)

Does he... (0, Funny)

rayamor (245814) | about 13 years ago | (#2387750)

Does he...uh...Yahoo?

Good morning! (-1)

Guns n' Roses Troll (207208) | about 13 years ago | (#2387753)

Good morning, fellow trolls. I hope your day is spent posting stupid comments instead of working. My project is about 4 weeks behind. I've just about given up.

Re:Good morning! (-1, Offtopic)

TRoLLaXoR (181585) | about 13 years ago | (#2387802)

hahaha! wow!

what's everyone got to say about that where you work?

i stil managet to get my shit done, but i'm behind because i spent monday and tuesday blowing my ass out all over the place.

Re:Good morning! (-1)

Guns n' Roses Troll (207208) | about 13 years ago | (#2387856)

They assume that since I'm typing a lot, I must be working. They're half right. I have a maximized window on the next virtual desktop with the project open in a text editor. When bossman walks by, I hotkey alt+shift+rightarrow and tada, I'm a hard working guy.

To make up for my lack of productivity at work, I spend a few hours on The Project at home every night and no one knows the wiser. I'll just have to spend more than a few hours if I want to make up for 4 weeks. I fear the day someone asks for an interactive demo. Maybe I'll go the "scripted demo" route.

my god (0, Offtopic)

ReidMaynard (161608) | about 13 years ago | (#2387903)

this type of posting is better than monster.com

our company has a director of marketing position open, you sound like the right fit....

Re:Good morning! (-1, Offtopic)

TRoLLaXoR (181585) | about 13 years ago | (#2387909)

what kind of project is it? are you in a entry level position?

is this for real? (1)

jmahler (192217) | about 13 years ago | (#2387756)

april fools is still quite a ways off, guys.

sometimes, it seems, the ridiculous is more real than the fantasy.

wow.

great way to start my morning.... with a cup of coffee snarfed out my nose and into my lap. thanks, slashdot.

Re:is this for real? (3, Redundant)

Trem (190016) | about 13 years ago | (#2387765)

I think the question should be: Is he serious???

U R GAY (-1)

(c) Penis (525494) | about 13 years ago | (#2387866)

Go suck on a popsicle, geek.

whatever (1, Redundant)

Joshuah (82679) | about 13 years ago | (#2387757)

where was this smuck back in 1994? why wait until now to say something about it. im sure in the last seven years he has heard of yahoo and should of said something sooner. This is just outright people being stupid. It's like the guy named legally to oxford to keep oxford university from taking his domain.

there are no supid questions only stupid people!

Re:whatever (4, Insightful)

Dr_Cheeks (110261) | about 13 years ago | (#2387820)

why wait until now to say something about it.[sic]
The reason he's only just brought this up is because Yahoo! is trying to register their trademark in the field of entertainment - a piece of turf that Mr. Serious has already staked out (well, sort of). When they were just a search engine he could hardly claim there was going to be a lot of confusion, but since they're on his doorstep now he's got a bit more of a case.

Course, the fact that he's not exactly the best known actor ever may prevent most people from being confused since they're unlikely to have heard of him. But since IANAL, I'm going to leave that discussion to the court to decide.

And laugh if he wins.

It's just a shame he didn't change his name to Micro Soft.

Registered in August (1)

kruemelmonster (254545) | about 13 years ago | (#2387840)

It seems, tha Yahoo! registered it's name in australia THIS August. So before this, this guy hadn't to care about Yahoo!
But now it seems, he thinks to have found a Source of money, so he sues Yahoo!...

IANAL (1)

cecil36 (104730) | about 13 years ago | (#2387759)

But I say "First come, first served" Sorry, Yahoo!

Re:IANAL (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2387794)

Really? I ANAL too! Maybe we could get together sometime...

-SpanishInquisition

Re:IANAL (2, Informative)

AUSketch (469630) | about 13 years ago | (#2387846)

You have to remember that trademarks have context, meaning that they're only valid in relation to the primary function of the registrant company. This is why we can have a Delta Airlines, a Delta Electronics, and a Delta Faucets without any of them suing the others. So unless Mr. Serious is a website (not has a website), he doesn't have much legal ground.

Silly! (1)

NineNine (235196) | about 13 years ago | (#2387760)

So now, common words can be registered? I think that "yahoo" was around longer than either of these companies/organizations/people. That's ridiculous. Heck, that's like me registering the number "Nine".

Re:Silly! (1)

DoctorNathaniel (459436) | about 13 years ago | (#2387792)

Or microsloth trademarking the number '486'. Which they attempted to do.

Re:Silly! (1)

gimpboy (34912) | about 13 years ago | (#2387807)

was it microsoft or intel? i just dont understand what micrsofts motivation would be to register a tradmark on a model number for an intel chip.

Re:Silly! (1)

Jim the Bad (192095) | about 13 years ago | (#2387850)

You mean Intel trying to copyright the name '586'. Of course they failed, and 'Pentinum' was born.

Re:Silly! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2387814)

Yes? You could register that as a trademark, if you traded under the name. Then if anyone else tried to trade under it in a business similar to yours, you could stop them. It stops people trading off the reputation of other companies. It's a good thing. This has been standard practice for many years now. Where have you been?

Re:Silly! (1)

Atzanteol (99067) | about 13 years ago | (#2387870)

Yahoo was actually invented by Johnathan Swift in "Gulliver's Travels" as a race of brute humans.

If anybody should have a trademark on this, it's Swift.

Yahoo (2, Troll)

kob43 (513124) | about 13 years ago | (#2387761)

Please, people, this is Serious.

MOD UP (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2387787)

I vote this to be the best play on words, ever. That's hysterical. MOD UP.

its no laughing matter (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2387762)

Mr. Serious is getting serious.

(sorry)

Great idea! (0, Redundant)

Johnny5000 (451029) | about 13 years ago | (#2387763)

I'm going to sue anyone named "John" born after 1977!

-J5K

Re:Great idea! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2387822)

Great! There's sure to be some lawyers near you that'd like your money when you lose. Keep that economy afloat...oh, and try and learn at least a little about what you're talking about.

What's next? (2)

zombieking (177383) | about 13 years ago | (#2387764)

Yakoff Smirnoff sueing everyone that's every said "I love this country" for copyright infringement? Give me a break...

No! (-1)

TrollMan 5000 (454685) | about 13 years ago | (#2387797)

If Mr. Smirnoff does that, then he will expose himself to lawsuits from Smirnoff Vodka!

Re:No! (-1)

The_Messenger (110966) | about 13 years ago | (#2387886)

And Jackoff Smirnoff, famed Russian porn actor.

Re:What's next? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2387800)

...although it would probably make more sense if he sued them for saying 'What a country!'

yep. those brain cells haven't seen much use in a while....

Trademarked names (2, Offtopic)

richie2000 (159732) | about 13 years ago | (#2387768)

Maybe he should just copyright [slashdot.org] the concept of naming and be done with it. :-)

Re:Trademarked names (1)

jkthatcher (473278) | about 13 years ago | (#2387878)

While we're at it, why not just copyright the concept of copyrighting - that would really give them something to think about..

Yahoo?? (1)

override11 (516715) | about 13 years ago | (#2387770)

Ya know, I hope this guy wins! As much as US Companies seem to LOVE copyrights, it would be irony if a person took on a big company like this and won. Not that yahoo is a "big bad company" or anything, but its just the whole little guy vs big busines, should be fun to watch it unfold. *grin*

Won't happen... (1)

Abnornymous Howard (227643) | about 13 years ago | (#2387811)

Sorry, but it won't happen, bacause of tha fact that it is a big corp vs a person. In todays world, especially the Internet world, the odds are given. Sorry Yahoo(person)! BTW I loved his movie Young Frankestein, especially the scene where the prison chef is baking pie with live kittens! You could see them under moving under the dough!.. *lol*...

Re:Won't happen... (1)

Mr. Slippery (47854) | about 13 years ago | (#2387847)

BTW I loved his movie Young Frankestein...
Wrong movie. Young Frankenstein was the classic Mel Brooks movie with Gene Wilder. Perhaps you mean Young Einstein?

Is he? (1)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | about 13 years ago | (#2387771)

Is Yahoo Serious going to make Yahoo! give up the domain Yahoo.com? This reminds me of the Madonna domain dispute.

Re:Is he? (1)

jkthatcher (473278) | about 13 years ago | (#2387859)

IANAL, but from what I gather, this is an Australian case, which is AFAIK outside the jurisdiction of any US courts - and thus any sort of cases disputing the American yahoo.com domain?

Origins? (4, Insightful)

Runt-Abu (471363) | about 13 years ago | (#2387772)

What about Jonathan Swift who inveted the word in the first place?

Surely the great great great grand nice (twice removed on her mother's side) could have some contention about this?

Gullivers Travels (2)

peter303 (12292) | about 13 years ago | (#2387875)

Weren't yahoos petty government officials in Gulliver's Travels? I think Swift was paradying British officialdom at the time.

Name Copyright... (1)

da5idnetlimit.com (410908) | about 13 years ago | (#2387774)

I seem to remember that you could use any name if you didn't compete on same turf.
Yahoo (the portal) will have to find another name for this part of its activity...
+
"Freeman said registration of a celebrity name as a trademark had already been done by names such as Australian cricketing legend Sir Donald Bradman, actress Farrah Fawcett and Australian entrepreneur Dick Smith"

OK for Farrah, but who the hell is this Sir Bradman, who is Dick (sic) Smith ?

And who is this "a case brought by actor and director Yahoo Serious "

He's know to have played in "Young Einstein"...

After such a feat, I would have changed my name to John Smith and gone into reclusion... What a name !

Re:Name Copyright... (1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2387825)

OK for Farrah, but who the hell is this Sir Bradman, who is Dick (sic) Smith ?

Gasp! Having to ask who Sir Bradman is? Why, just Australia's answer to Babe Ruth is all. He's the most famous Australian cricketer there ever was.

Dick Smith is another (locally) famous Australian. He started a chain of electronics stores much like Tandy and Radio Shack. Later on he branched out into exploring, and seemingly travelling everywhere in a helicopter.

Re:Name Copyright... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2387836)

who the hell is this Sir Bradman
Do you know how to use a search engine? Go away, little Yankee fool. Go back to your tiny insulated country and play your silly bat and ball games and leave the real world to its cricket.

Re:Name Copyright... (5, Informative)

lord_ashaman (180519) | about 13 years ago | (#2387837)

..but who the hell is this Sir Bradman..


Who is Sir Donald Bradman Indeed! Ok It may just be that im australian, but Sir Donald Bradman is one of the Australias most famous cricketers. Born in 1908 in SA (south australia) , with a test average of 99.94, and in all the tests in which he played, in he scored a total of close to 7000 runs.

Sadly Sir Don passed away in august 2000. he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia. one of may great australians. but then I guess most Americans wouldnt know of him, let alone Cricket.

Re:Name Copyright... (-1)

TrollMan 5000 (454685) | about 13 years ago | (#2387845)

The are competing on the same turf...

According to the article:

Yahoo sought to register Yahoo as a trademark in a number of areas including the entertainment field.

Re:Name Copyright... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2387851)

Uhm, maybe an Australian cricketing legend, and a (famous) Australian entrepreneur.

I can see it now (1)

YakumoFuji (117808) | about 13 years ago | (#2387776)

Yahoo Serious makes another movie about a dotcom startup named a company called Yahoo, the movie is so bad, and generates so much negative publicity that the Real Yahoo!(tm) goes under (classic case of personal vs corporate confusion).


Seriously (no pun intended), this has been talked about and been on the books for ages... he was never a tall poppy, or we would have carved him up ages ago.

Re:I can see it now (1)

wizkid (13692) | about 13 years ago | (#2387880)


Translation:
Yahoo is running out of money, and wants some publicity to start a new movie!

Seriously Amused (4, Interesting)

TellarHK (159748) | about 13 years ago | (#2387777)

I actually wondered about this one, having seen Serious' magnum-crapus 'Young Einstein' several years ago - early nineties, IIRC. I think the important reason why he's waited this long, is that he's an Australian, and this whole thing started with the August registration in Australia of the Yahoo! brand.

I know that you supposedly can't trademark a proper name, and since Yahoo had changed his proper name -to- Yahoo ages ago, he's got a very good point. This one'll be fun to see the results of.

Why? (-1)

Guns n' Roses Troll (207208) | about 13 years ago | (#2387778)

Why is this idiot still alive? Young Einstien made me want to poke my eyes out with rusty nails. Drinking Dran-o is a better use of your time than catering to Yahoo Serious (what a fucking dumb name).

Where art thou, oh wonderous GiZ?

Here's how they should settle it... (1)

DickPhallus (472621) | about 13 years ago | (#2387779)

Yahoo should just register Yahoo! with the exlamation mark... that way mr. serious can lighten up a bit... bah...

No way! (1, Troll)

richie2000 (159732) | about 13 years ago | (#2387782)

He can't be serious!

Re:No way! (1)

kruemelmonster (254545) | about 13 years ago | (#2387877)

Look at his Website and you know it... it seems it isn't hit by the Slashdot-Effect.
CAN this person be serious?

Timing (1)

.sig (180877) | about 13 years ago | (#2387788)

Was he waiting until Yahoo! got so big that he could actually make some money from the lawsuit? He's had plenty of time, I really doubt he just heard of Yahoo last month. Does anyone even know if there's a time limit for making such claims? Or even if a patent held in Australia is a valid claim against an international company.

Besides, everyone know's that the company appends an exclamation mark ('!') at the end of Yahoo, so it's a completely different name!

Comedy? (1)

thejake316 (308289) | about 13 years ago | (#2387799)

If it's involving Yahoo Serious, the comedy levels will be astoundingly low.

Exterminate Islam. Kill All Muslims. Destroy Them. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2387801)

Our eloved dead cry out for justice:
  1. Kill all Muslims.
  2. KillallMohammedans.
  3. Kill all Arabs.
  4. Kill all Towel Heads.
  5. Kill all Camel Jockeys.
  6. Kill all Dune Coons.
  7. Kill all Islam.
  8. Nuke their countries to hell.
  9. Nuke them again.
  10. Death to Islam.

I piss on Mecca. I shit on the Koran. I spit on Mohammed.

Yahoos. (1)

irn_bru (209849) | about 13 years ago | (#2387806)

All we need now is Jonathan Swift to come back from beyond the grave and instigate a class action on behalf of some little lilliputians...

Re:Yahoos. (2)

Deanasc (201050) | about 13 years ago | (#2387828)

It was the Horses not Lilliputians whose island was shared with the Yahoos.

In any event I believe you are correct that it would be Swift who has the ultimate claim to the word Yahoo. If it were coined in the last 70 years,that is. I think Swift and his heirs are just out of luck today.

Re:Yahoos. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2387865)

In any event I believe you are correct that it would be Swift who has the ultimate claim to the word Yahoo

You people never learn, do you? This is a trademark case. To have a claim to the use of a word as a trademark, you have to trade under it. Remarkably simple concept, yet too complex for Slashbots (and, I believe, Linux users in general).

Swift never traded under the name, unlike Yahoo! and (possibly) Yahoo Serious. So he doesn't have any claim whatsoever, and the fact that he invented the word is utterly irrelevant (the concept of utter irrelevance should be familiar to Linux users).

Yahoo Serious already lost the fight. In August! (5, Informative)

ers81239 (94163) | about 13 years ago | (#2387809)

If you read the link, it finds in favor of Yahoo.com. Pertinent info below:

From the Australian Trade Marks Office:

Yahoo Serious v Yahoo! Inc [2001] ATMO 74 (13 August 2001)

The evidence shows that Mr Serious does not use his name, Yahoo Serious, or his forename, to distinguish goods or services. It is true that he writes, directs and produces motion picture films in which he stars; however, it is not apparent in the evidence that either of the words `Yahoo Serious', or the word `Yahoo' are used as a trade mark in relation to the films. The closest that I can find in the evidence to use of any sign that might be as a trade mark is the repeated use of the words, a `Serious Production' or `Serious Entertainment' on promotional material associated with the motion pictures. However, this use is obviously of no assistance to Mr Serious as the opposed trade mark is the word YAHOO! and I therefore do not have to decide whether this use of the word SERIOUS is as a trade mark.

sesame street... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2387810)

Today's show has been brought to you by.. the letter A, the letter D... shit, someone copyrighted the letter D.. ok ok, the number 3... fuck not again

The number 3 (-1)

TrollMan 5000 (454685) | about 13 years ago | (#2387831)

Damn straight it's trademaked. By Richard Childress Racing no less!

This post is dedicated to the memory of the late Dale Earnhardt.

Missing the point. (5, Insightful)

Welpa (320496) | about 13 years ago | (#2387816)

I think most of you guys are missing the point.

Yahoo is moving to register the trademark now, they applied for it in August. Being an actor, it means that if Yahoo Serious was to release merchandise etc. under the name Yahoo, Yahoo! inc. would probably sue him.
This wasn't a problem before they applied for the trademark.

How would you guys feel if I tried to register the trademark "Linus Torvalds" tomorrow?
I think that Mr. Serious has a serious point.

(pardon the pun :)

How can you get confused? (5, Insightful)

mblase (200735) | about 13 years ago | (#2387895)

Apple Computer and Apple Vacations. They both use the same identifier, there's a potential trademark violation. Except there isn't, because one is "Computer" and is associated with hardware and software, while the other is "Vacations" and is associated with the travel industry. Easy to tell them apart. This is how trademark disputes using common words are dealt with.

Yahoo! (with the exclamation mark, which they have always used even if their users don't) is associated with a Web portal, and has been for years, while Yahoo Serious (with the last name) has always been associated with comedy (well, loosely). "Yahoo" is a common word, but they're used differently in each case, so there's no confusion.

If you ask me, this is just a cheap publicity ploy by Yahoo Serious to get his name back in the public eye, since his acting ability is incapable of doing so. The dispute is a non-issue, and will be treated as such by the courts.

Re:Missing the point. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2387896)

Actually, I think several companies used Hutchinson, Smith, etc... So people with these last names would have trouble selling goods in there name.

Nothing here to see (2)

GauteL (29207) | about 13 years ago | (#2387817)

The appeals-court will most surely turn it down, and thats the end of the story.

I'm not a lawyer, but makes this interesting at all is the sheer absurdity of his claims.
If Yahoo! had been named "Yahoo Serious!" then he'd have a case, it happens plenty of actors have strange sounding first names.

I for one, has never heard about the actor Yahoo Serious, and if he is worried that people might mistake Yahoo! for himself, then he is seriously deluded and overrates his own fame.Besides, yahoo is a very old and common outburst, and they are not even in the same business.

Re:Nothing here to see (3, Informative)

Katravax (21568) | about 13 years ago | (#2387834)

I'm surprised you haven't heard of him. He's pretty well known. His movies are fun to watch. Sort of a cross between Ed Wood and Paul Hogan.

Re:Nothing here to see (1)

Havokmon (89874) | about 13 years ago | (#2387902)

You assume that a technological company is well known to people who aren't in technology?

I would assume if you watch TV you know of Yahoo Serious. If you don't know Yahoo Serious, you probably don't watch that much TV.

And if you don't watch that much TV, AND you aren't in technology, you wouldn't know either of these names.

Keep it in perspective folks.

Re:Nothing here to see (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2387910)

As someone who does watch TV, I'm offended by this claim! The guy's done 3 things, total, according to IMDB. Yes, I've seen Young Einstein but I think the only reason ANYBODY would remember his name is because it's odd.

Re:Nothing here to see (2)

MouseR (3264) | about 13 years ago | (#2387893)

The appeals-court will most surely turn it down, and thats the end of the story.

If this occurs, Yahoo (Serious) could change his name to

  1. Weepee Hooray
and then copyright that before some 31337 dude starts a new portal service.

I don't see how this applies (2, Insightful)

Shadowin (312793) | about 13 years ago | (#2387819)

Yahoo! is a trademark of an internet portal. Yahoo Serious' "business" has nothing in common with Yahoo!'s, so what does it even have to do with him? I think the schmuk just wants to get in the news because it has eluded him for quite a few years. Either that or he's looking for a quick buck (settlement).

-Shade

Well he shouldn't have attracted Yahoo's attention (1, Informative)

perdida (251676) | about 13 years ago | (#2387823)

He can't understand how a name that he has used, has been identified with him, been exposed worldwide, how someone can come along and simply take that," he said. "We're wanting to preserve his right to use the name Yahoo."

Chrysiliou said his client, who changed his name by deed poll in 1980, was widely known and had been extensively publicised as Yahoo.


What this article isn't mentioning is that, now that Serious has gotten Yahoo! involved in litigation as a publicity stunt, he IS violating their copyright by using Yahoo!'s fame to get his own name in the newspaper.

I wouldn't be surprised if Yahoo! seized royalties from this guy's sales of previous and future work.

Don't poke the lion, boy.

Abott and Costello, forgive me. (5, Funny)

neo (4625) | about 13 years ago | (#2387826)

A: So I'm starting this internet company.
C: Oh yeah, well you better have a really good name for it. Something to stick in people heads.
A: Oh I do, I'm really excited about it.
C: What is it?
A: Yahoo!
C: So you're excited, so what's the name.
A: No, that's the name.
C: What's the name?
A: Yahoo!
C: I can't tell it's exciting, what's the name!
A: I just told you the name.
C: Why can't you just tell me the name.
A: Yahoo!
C: You can't be serious.
A: I'm not, that's someone else.
C: That's not what I'm asking!

A tough decision (1)

truesaer (135079) | about 13 years ago | (#2387827)

Its tough to decide who to ally yourself with in this case...


Keep in mind, this is the same man who has been bringing us fine cinema such as "Young Einstein" for many many years.


On the other hand, Yahoo! provides an outstanding method of locating pr0n.


I guess the courts will just have to decide this one.

Re:A tough decision (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2387884)

Yahoo really sucks at finding pr0n. You need to use Google Images [google.com] now.

Yahoo! (-1, Offtopic)

CodeMonky (10675) | about 13 years ago | (#2387830)

You can't be serious.

heh heh.
Ok sorry.

apology (4, Funny)

bowb (209411) | about 13 years ago | (#2387832)

On behalf of my fellow Australians I would like to apologize for the crimes committed against comedy by Yahoo Serious.

Well if Yahoo can do it ... (1)

ManxStef (469602) | about 13 years ago | (#2387835)

then maybe I should sue Pause Technologies for infringing on my name. I wonder if TiVo would pay my legal costs? :) Stefan Pause

Two different trademarks? (1)

truesaer (135079) | about 13 years ago | (#2387841)

Shouldn't Yahoo Serious get the trademark on "Yahoo Serious," while Yahoo! gets a trademark on "Yahoo!"?


It seems to me that a trademark on a name doesn't tradmark everything remotely similar. Yahoo! has punctuation, Yahoo Serious is a weird Australian violin-playing genius. I don't expect to see too much confusion...

Re:Two different trademarks? (4, Funny)

lord_ashaman (180519) | about 13 years ago | (#2387867)

Yahoo Serious is a weird Australian violin-playing genius



the words "Yahho Serious" and "genius" shoud never be uttered in the same sentance.

Praise the underdog! (1)

The Ultimate Badass (450974) | about 13 years ago | (#2387848)

I'm in favour of this lawsuit. Even if it loses, it will be interesting enough to offer insight into the way the courts favour corporate muscle over the little guy. Indeed, this lawsuit is a parable for the growing corporate domination of the USA (if it loses).

If Yahoo Serious wins, it will prove that, despite all that has happened to take our rights away, and all that has been done to make copyright law the tool of corporate evil, the underdog can still use copyright law to defend himself from evil corporations. It may, in fact, prove that copyright law is the tool of the common man (if it wins), despite corruption by corporate interests.

If it loses, this case will provide further evidence that copyright laws are unjust, and should be ignored at will. If it wins, this case will prove that copyright laws are just, and can still be used by ordinary people to defend themselves against corporate titans.

The fact that this case is even being fought is proof that copyright laws are able to be turned to the hands of the fading middle classes who are the heart and soul of the American Dream. The fact that it has come to the point that a man must defend his name against corporate intrusions is proof that corporations have twisted copyright law to their own ends, so that it no longer serves the purpose of good.

In other news... (0, Offtopic)

dafoomie (521507) | about 13 years ago | (#2387854)

In other news, CmdrTaco sues Taco Bell for trademark infringement.

Well, then... (1)

Ghengis (73865) | about 13 years ago | (#2387860)

I think I'll just register every letter of the alphabet and charge you all a per letter fee for writing anything! This is rediculous. Why would you change your name to something like Yahoo anyway? You might as well call yourself "Bufoon" or "Over Zealous Idiot".

defend all challenges (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2387864)

We'll never relinquish the last rites to ScaredCity(pm) [scaredcity.com] (no challenges so far). We ARE feeling concerns for the identity crisis/royalty rights, of our dear friend & colleague, Elmer Fudd. Hasn't his gooed name been put through enough debasement? Where are HIS rights?

We will, in good faith, be turning over the rights to this remarkable web address [opensourceworks.com] , including a year's free hosting, to somebody who is able to follow simple directions, & is not aFraUD.

fud is dead, (& we don't mean elmer).

face scans [opensourcenews.com] of the REAL .commIEs, whoare, buy the way, STILL out on bail.

John Boy (2, Funny)

Voidhobo (219337) | about 13 years ago | (#2387871)

If only I had been there before the Waltons. Then it would be Good Night, John-Boy forever!

Lord knows... (1)

desslok (7863) | about 13 years ago | (#2387874)

...you wouldn't want to tarnish his career [imdb.com] .

Make the punishment fit the crime. (2, Funny)

Glenda Slagg (464228) | about 13 years ago | (#2387881)

When this guy loses his case, is there any chance that the Judge can force him to change his name to Iyama Twat? It seems so much more appropriate.

Another Concern (1)

GospelHead821 (466923) | about 13 years ago | (#2387887)

Something mentioned in passing in this article gave me quite a turn. It said that several other act(ors/resses) had trademarked their names. What exactly does that imply? Granted, Farrah Fawcett isn't so common a name, but Dick Smith? Does this mean that had some other Australian actor named Dick Smith wanted to get into show business, he would have had to have changed his name or risked a law suit? What are the actual benefits of having one's name trademarked like that?

Copyright Eggplants? no way! (2)

Ace905 (163071) | about 13 years ago | (#2387889)

jeez, I hope nobody goes out and copyright's "Eggplant". The ECA would be screwed!

Eggplants! [eggforge.net]

Ace905
[President] The Eggplant Coders Association

No worries (-1)

The_Messenger (110966) | about 13 years ago | (#2387898)

No one pays attention to Australians. Just look at those "Magnus Opus" fucktards; they can keep the copyrights for as long as they like, and no one in the real world will give a damn. See, third-world countries sort of, uh, "don't fucking matter." Sorry, you Foster's-drinking "we don't drink Foster's, really!" penal colony this-is-a-knife boomarang-throwing kangaroo-fucking faggots.

Names (3, Insightful)

scott1853 (194884) | about 13 years ago | (#2387906)

My name is Scott. Does that mean I can sue the owner of scott.com? Nope.

Did Yahoo Serios pull his current name out of thin air, i.e. was is completely originaly and never been said before? Nope, that word has been around a lot longer than he's been using it.

He's been in more recent movies than Young Einstein but when was the last time you heard his name mentioned? During promos for Young Einstein.

Does he have a chance in hell of winning? Nope.

Failed career (1)

Merkins (224523) | about 13 years ago | (#2387911)

This sort of thing really annoys me. This idiot (and echoing a previous poster, I have to apologise on behalf of Australia for the crimes against comedy) was a short term flavour of the month in the early nineties.

He just released a movie last year that AFAIK went nowhere, his career is fucked, so, hmmmm I know, I will sue a big company and make some cash.

The is opportunism, pure and simple...

Really funny (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2387913)

Yes, keep laughing, silly slashdot moderators..

hahahahaha

In the meantime some nerds are going to issue patents on the "slashdot brand" and takeover this whole site for them.

hahahahaha

Yahoo Yahoo! (1)

debaere (94918) | about 13 years ago | (#2387916)

I don't see a problem, Yahoo Serious does not have
an exclamation point anywhere in his name.

Why bother... (1)

hhe_hee (470065) | about 13 years ago | (#2387917)

I can't see why he bother's with this, he just can't win. He just can loose. It's like McDonalds, I bet there was alot of guys named McDonalds even before that company was started. Maybe he should think about changing his name to Slash Dot instead

Down under hits (1)

LRNG_LNX (152143) | about 13 years ago | (#2387923)


So, the telephone tones, and this. What's the beef? I saw the Australia incident episode of the Simpsons last night. Is there a theme? I guess it's just the outta control everyone sue everyone . . . as on South Park. What next? You named your child the same name as mine?!?!?

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