lizcommotion: a hand drawn/colored happy cane (disability cane happy)
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So I try not to put too much of the politics on dreamwidth and reserve my politics rage/rants for Twitter, but this concerns a lot of folks here and is also just...outrageous. Egregious. Many adjectives.

A non-profit (@InvDisability) has trademarked the term "invisible disabilities" and apparently is enforcing it by stopping disabled individuals and organizations from using the term. ALL THE RAGE.

There is a Storify of tweets about it for more info.

There is a Change.org petition (with a sadly small number of signatures) to end the trademark of an identity.

If you can, please help signal boost, as I am currently low on spoons.

Date: 2016-08-09 05:16 pm (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Signed. What the fuck. Ugh.

Date: 2016-08-09 05:44 pm (UTC)
capriuni: Stone carving of a man with a cartoonish, dismayed, expression; Caption: W.T.F. (WTF)
From: [personal profile] capriuni
Signed and commented.

And, yeah. I have an icon for this...

Date: 2016-08-09 11:43 pm (UTC)
capriuni: A black field crossed by five parallel lighting bolts in blue, gold, green, red, and purple (Default)
From: [personal profile] capriuni
Thank you!

Date: 2016-08-09 05:50 pm (UTC)
kittydesade: (facepalm - dean)
From: [personal profile] kittydesade
What in the actual fuck.

I mean, at least it's a trademark rather than a copyright, but still. Ain't no one got time for that bullshit, especially not the disabled.

Date: 2016-08-09 05:53 pm (UTC)
the_rck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] the_rck
Signed.

Also your crossposts lost the link, so I commented on both posts with it.

Date: 2016-08-10 03:18 am (UTC)
shehasathree: (illyria wtf)
From: [personal profile] shehasathree
wtffff

Date: 2016-08-10 02:14 pm (UTC)
tyger: Angry Watanuki.  Text: this IS my calm face!!! (Watanuki - Calm Face)
From: [personal profile] tyger
Just when I had started to forget how gross humans can be!!!

Uuuugh. Signed.

Date: 2016-08-10 08:29 pm (UTC)
altamira16: Tall ship at dusk (Default)
From: [personal profile] altamira16
What does it really mean to have a trademark on the term? Are they actually telling other people to take down their material? I am seeing this outraged post.

Searching the USPTO for the trademarks involving invisible disabilities, you can see here (by doing a basic search for "invisible disabilities") that "The Invisible Disabilities Advocate" and "Invisible Disabilities" are trademarked by IDA, but you also have "The Invisible Disabilities Project" that also has a trademark. Could "The Invisible Disabilities Project" say something about "Invisible Disabilities" just being too broad to trademark?
Edited (My search expired so I am showing you how to search on your own) Date: 2016-08-10 09:22 pm (UTC)

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