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I’ve seen a bunch of posts on tumblr recently criticizing Taylor Swift (or her reps) for taking down fan-created crafts or artwork that uses trademarks related to Ms. Swift.

The problem they face is that, as explained in this video, you cannot selectively enforce trademarks. So if you don’t tell fans they can’t make fan art, then Urban Outfitters can come along and say, “Your trademark isn’t real because you didn’t enforce it with this or that product for sale on etsy, even though you knew about it or could have easily discovered it, so we don’t have to pay you for all these Taylor Swift shirts we are selling.”

This is why we have chosen not to trademark “DFTBA” or “Don’t Forget To Be Awesome.” We aren’t going to tell nerdfighters they can’t make DFTBA stuff and sell it, and so we can’t tell Urban Outfitters they can’t make DFTBA stuff and sell it. 

But that’s much harder to do when you’re Taylor Swift and there are a bajillion corporations trying to cash in on phrases and images related to you.

Trademark law is really stupid and annoying, and unless you create a series of complicated hurdles offering some people free licenses, it’s almost impossible to restrict certain people from using your trademark without restricting everyone from using it. 

anonymous asked:

I'm so disappointed that the fandom is posting links and gifs of an exclusive charity event.

I’m not. I know everyone wanted to be a part of it and many simply could not (no paypal account, still under their parents’ rules, or barely able to make their rent). For me, Project For Awesome was about sharing the wealth and priveleges that we have. I don’t feel one bit bitter that I paid $6 for something and now everyone can see it for free, and I don’t appreciate that anyone would hound creators for making gifs of it, when I can’t do it myself.

The fact is, Project for Awesome raised over 1.5 million dollars for charity, and everyone who was a part of that should be celebrating, not worrying about what people do with their perks.

…actually… @edwardspoonhands, care to weigh in?

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

anonymous asked:

YOU'RE AMAZING. I WISH YOU A GREAT LIFE, I HOPE YOU'LL ALWAYS BE HAPPY, YOU MAKE PEOPLE FEEL GOOD AND YOU GIVE THEM A REASON TO SMILE EVERYTIME AND YOU MAKE PEOPLE DREAM AND THIS LIFE WORTH LIVING SO I HOPE ALL YOUR GOOD WISHES COME TRUE, YOU DESERVE AN AMAZING LIFE AND I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME SMILE AND DREAM, YOU'RE HONESTLY FUNNY AND FRIENDLY EVEN THOUGH I DON'T KNOW YOU I HOPE YOU'LL ALWAYS BE HAPPY AND YOU'RE ARE LOVED, DON'T FORGET THAT YOU'RE AWESOME :)

WHY ARE YOU SCREAMING THANK YOU

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John Green ‘00 H’16 addresses the Kenyon College Class of 2016.

AWESOME - Prismacolor pencils and Pen on Bristol Board - November 2014 - Project for Awesome 3/?