Tuesday, November 4, 2008

copyright infringement?

does anyone from washingtonian magazine want to tell me if the new name for the former lowest price gas station on the southwest corner of rhode island and new jersey avenues is breaking any copyright laws?

5 comments:

Michael said...

Names of businesses usually fall under Trademark law, not copyright. And the market supports businesses with the same name as long as they're in different industries.

For example, Apple sells computers, but Apple Records is the record label home of The Beatles. This wasn't a problem until Apple computer started selling music.

IMGoph said...

thanks for the explanation, michael!

(i still wonder if anyone from washingtonian has seen this.)

Emily said...

I actually saw that gas station recently and laughed. I don't think the magazine is filing and lawsuits, but it gave me a good chuckle.

:)

Emily Leaman from Washingtonian.com

Jamie said...

Well it's not quite like McDowell's...

Jimmy said...

Not to mention that gas staion is a notorious open air drug market, right in the back door of our neighborhood commish.