Turn Off Ads?
Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: AOL Throws Reds A Curve

  1. #1
    RZ Chamber of Commerce Unassisted's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    San Antonio
    Posts
    13,440

    AOL Throws Reds A Curve

    http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/20...innati-a-curve

    AOL Throws Cincinnati A Curve

    The 2007 baseball season is opening with a surprising match up: the Cincinnati Reds versus AOL. The Major League Baseball club filed opposition to AOL's application for trademark of "RED," the name of AOL's social network for teens. Launched in late 2003, AOL's RED was MySpace when MySpace wasn't cool, an online nest for teens, offering celebrity gossip, style advice, music, news, sports, and blogs. According to a January 2007 comScore report, RED attracts about two million unique visitors.

    Antonio Borreill, an attorney for New York law firm Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, who represents the Cincinnati Reds, first filed opposition to RED in December of last year, updating the complaint last week.

    The official protest appears to be inspired by AOL's application for trademark of the term "Red," published in an October 3, 2006 edition of the Official Gazette.

    The timing of the application explains why the Cincinnati Reds didn't seem to have a problem with it before, and why the club didn't go after the much-publicized (Red), U2 front man Bono's campaign to raise awareness and money for AIDS in Africa.

    Well, the PR nightmare of going after a charitable organization was probably reason enough not to oppose. But AOL's trademark audacity was, apparently, the last straw.

    The next obvious question is "can you trademark a color, or color word?" The answer is: sometimes.

    While trademarking the color itself seems iffy and situation-dependent, as illustrated a Color Matters, RegisteringATradmark.com notes UPS has the market cornered on Brown.

    There are other things to consider, like whether there is sufficient prior use, potential confusion between companies offering similar services, and genericization concerns.

    Though colors sometimes are trademarked, it seems doubtful the Cincinnati ball club could make a case for confusion. However, they have been using the name "Reds" for upwards of a century now.

    Representatives of the Cincinnati Reds could not be reached for comment.
    /r/reds

  2. Turn Off Ads?
  3. #2
    Tired of talk. Win! Joseph's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    The Commonwealth
    Posts
    8,350

    Re: AOL Throws Reds A Curve

    More reasons to dislike AOL, not that any of us need them

    Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
    Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
    Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
    University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
    Cincinnati Bengals - None
    Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98

  4. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    407

    Re: AOL Throws Reds A Curve

    maybe the lawsuit will get us some money so we can sign FA's!!!

  5. #4
    Tired of talk. Win! Joseph's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    The Commonwealth
    Posts
    8,350

    Re: AOL Throws Reds A Curve

    Maybe AOL will buy the Reds and we'll be the Cincinnati AOL REds.

    Championships for MY teams in my lifetime:
    Cincinnati Reds - 75, 76, 90
    Chicago Blackhawks - 10, 13
    University of Kentucky - 78, 96, 98, 12
    Cincinnati Bengals - None
    Chicago Bulls - 91, 92, 93, 96, 97, 98

  6. #5
    Raaaaaaaandy guttle11's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    4,118

    Re: AOL Throws Reds A Curve

    Just take 2 of 3 and head to Chicago on an up note.
    Last edited by guttle11; 04-09-2007 at 07:24 PM.
    "I saw Wedding Crashers accidentally. I bought a ticket for Grizzly Man and went into the wrong theater. After an hour, I figured I was in the wrong theater, but I kept waiting. Thatís the thing about bear attacks. They come when you least expect it."-Dwight K. Schrute

  7. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Athens, GA baby!
    Posts
    202

    Re: AOL Throws Reds A Curve

    Quote Originally Posted by guttle11 View Post
    Just take 2 of 3 and head to Chicago on an up note.
    Agreed. What a ridiculous lawsuit. Who cares?
    Here's to another record-breaking season from Adam Dunn ...another 40 homeruns (all coming with nothing on the line) and 200 Ks! We Want King Jay!!

  8. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    3,072

    Re: AOL Throws Reds A Curve

    Quote Originally Posted by guttle11 View Post
    Just take 2 of 3 and head to Chicago on an up note.
    ....?
    I hope it's never sunny in Philly again.

  9. #8
    CELEBRATION TIME RBA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    San Marcos, CA
    Posts
    13,984

    Re: AOL Throws Reds A Curve

    uH OH, RedsZone is next. How about Big Red chewing gum?

  10. #9
    Member smith288's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    New Albany, OH
    Posts
    7,251

    Re: AOL Throws Reds A Curve

    AOL should be sued for being AOL.

  11. #10
    Viva La Rose! Mr.MojoRisin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    119

    Re: AOL Throws Reds A Curve

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph View Post
    Maybe AOL will buy the Reds and we'll be the Cincinnati AOL REds.
    It wouldn't surprise me nowadays. AOL field. I see it coming.

  12. #11
    Yay!
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Middletown, Ohio
    Posts
    7,420

    Re: AOL Throws Reds A Curve

    Quote Originally Posted by RBA View Post
    uH OH, RedsZone is next. How about Big Red chewing gum?
    Actually, I saw that FSN's postgame show is being called Reds Live. Wonder if that will be a problem.
    When all is said and done more is said than done.

  13. #12
    Haunted by walks
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    Syracuse
    Posts
    6,587

    Re: AOL Throws Reds A Curve

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph View Post
    Maybe AOL will buy the Reds and we'll be the Cincinnati AOL REds.
    AOL used to own the Braves.

  14. #13
    Rally Onion! Chip R's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Location
    Cincinnati, OH
    Posts
    34,346

    Re: AOL Throws Reds A Curve

    Quote Originally Posted by BCubb2003 View Post
    AOL used to own the Braves.

    Time-Warner owned the Braves and AOL.
    The Rally Onion wants 150 fans before Opening Day.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rally-...24872650873160

  15. #14
    Haunted by walks
    Join Date
    Apr 2000
    Location
    Syracuse
    Posts
    6,587

    Re: AOL Throws Reds A Curve

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    Time-Warner owned the Braves and AOL.
    Yes, but in some ways, AOL owned Time-Warner.


Turn Off Ads?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Board Moderators may, at their discretion and judgment, delete and/or edit any messages that violate any of the following guidelines: 1. Explicit references to alleged illegal or unlawful acts. 2. Graphic sexual descriptions. 3. Racial or ethnic slurs. 4. Use of edgy language (including masked profanity). 5. Direct personal attacks, flames, fights, trolling, baiting, name-calling, general nuisance, excessive player criticism or anything along those lines. 6. Posting spam. 7. Each person may have only one user account. It is fine to be critical here - that's what this board is for. But let's not beat a subject or a player to death, please.

Thank you, and most importantly, enjoy yourselves!


RedsZone.com is a privately owned website and is not affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds or Major League Baseball


Contact us: Boss | GIK | BCubb2003 | dabvu2498 | Gallen5862 | LexRedsFan | Plus Plus | RedlegJake | redsfan1995 | The Operator | Tommyjohn25