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UK toymaker Games Workshop has been criticised for asserting a trademark claim to the phrase ‘space marines’.

The claim emerged when it was used to get an American ebook about the futuristic soldiers taken off Amazon. Science fiction writers have called the firm “absurd” for saying it has a trademark to the use of the term in fiction. (1)

I must agree with them. Word are not subject to trademarking! Word are nothign but the bricks. An architect does not claim novelty by using nice shinny bricks. Writers use word to build masterpieces. And they should be allowed to use any word possible…

Genome patents, Stupidity patents?