Will we book lovers have to redefine ourselves? “Word-group people”? “Narrative lovers”? Somehow work our way around using the B-word because Facebook’s got trademark rights?
BOOK has always seemed such a friendly, useful word.
But, as Jon Brodkin points out on Wired, the revised user agreement which you and I and everyone else on the planet sign, or will sign hereinafter, includes this phrase:
“You will not use our copyrights or trademarks (including Facebook, the Facebook and F Logos, FB, Face, Poke, Book and Wall), or any confusingly similar marks, except as expressly permitted by our Brand Usage Guidelines or with our prior written permission.”
Checking with the Facebook Brand Usage Guidelines before mentioning that some of us write, umm, books™, has the potential to redefine writers block. But that is indeed the Orwellian specter raised by this new agreement revision.
I actually went to the site and read through a few zillion pages of “You will”s and “You will not”s, but it’s not much easier than reading through the OED. After a few thousand convoluted words and paragraphs, there is a strong urge just to scream and sign.
Well, so much for that great page I had in mind, FranBook™. Or, because I still write on death and dying, DeadBook™. And if my new book™ dealing with abortion before and after Roe finally hits print, I was thinking of a new site, AbortBook™.
Maybe those weren’t very good ideas after all. Still, if Facebook™ conquers all, I’ll miss the conversations about books™.
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