I suspect most of you will be aware of the story, by now, but if not, wither take a look at my first post on the subject, made yesterday morning on here, or follow the BBC link down below.
Via Faeit 212 & Pins Of War
It seems that both kindle and print edition are up for sale on Amazon once again, hopefully due to GW backing off, but it might be Amazon taking the lead. There's no way to know as GW remains tight lipped on the subject. So much so that the BBC article that was run today got this reply:
"A spokesman for Games Workshop said it had a "blanket policy" of not talking to the media and had no comment to make about the row or its trademark claim."The article does make the point that GW already has a European Registered Trademark on "space marine"
"Ms Hall said Games Workshop could launch a similar protection campaign in Europe as it had had a registered trademark for the term "space marine" since 1995. Its trademark claim covers the use of the word in connection with many aspects of tabletop gaming and video games, she said, but also extended to published works."It's worth a read, but note that they've got the date of things kicking off as December 2011, not 2013.
Hopefully we'll get some answers as to the whys of the book being back on Amazon, so keep an eye on Maggie Hogarth's site.
One of the tangentially interesting things about this story has been the comments people have been making on the posts where it has come up. In particular the io9 and others from outside the industry to get a barometer of feelings towards the hobby.
So, watch the skies citizen, and most keenly, watch the blogs and twitter feeds of GW's authors, as they've the most visible target.
GW posted the following to their Facebook page, which says essentially nothing. on the subject, not even discussing the issue that is it clearly aimed at addressing.
"Games Workshop owns and protects many valuable trademarks in a number of territories and classes across the world. For example, 'Warhammer' and 'Space Marine' are registered trademarks in a number of classes and territories. In some other territories and classes they are unregistered trademarks protected by commercial use. Whenever we are informed of, or otherwise discover, a commercially available product whose title is or uses a Games Workshop trademark without our consent, we have no choice but to take reasonable action. We would be failing in our duty to our shareholders if we did not protect our property.Note the failure to provide a non protected example of Space Marine.
To be clear, Games Workshop has never claimed to own words or phrases such as 'warhammer' or 'space marine' as regards their general use in everyday life, for example within a body of prose. By illustration, although Games Workshop clearly owns many registered trademarks for the Warhammer brand, we do not claim to own the word 'warhammer' in common use as a hand weapon.
Trademarks as opposed to use of a word in prose or everyday language are two very different things. Games Workshop is always vigilant in protecting the former, but never makes any claim to owning the latter."