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    Walmart seeks to trademark smiley face icon.

    Story originaly found at http://news.com.com/News.com+Extra/2...ag=st.txt.caro

    Full story at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4984138.stm


    Last Updated: Monday, 8 May 2006, 13:44 GMT 14:44 UK

    Wal-Mart seeks smiley face rights




    Wal-Mart is embroiled in a legal dispute over the smiley face image which it wants to trademark in the US.


    A Frenchman who claims to have invented the yellow smiley face back in 1968 is opposing the US retail giant's move.
    For some, the image is a reminder of 1970s counter-culture, for others, a useful shorthand when sending e-mails. But since 1996, Wal-Mart has used the image in the US on uniforms and promotional signs, and it wants sole rights to it in the US retail sector.



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    Re: Walmart seeks to trademark smiley face icon.

    I though Forrest Gump invented the smiley face....

    Actually, I've been drawing smiley faces after my name since I was about 9 or 10, 1969-1970, so I don't think WalMart has a chance...The smiley is for EVERYONE!!!

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    Re: Walmart seeks to trademark smiley face icon.

    Quote Originally Posted by OogieBoogie

    Is it just me or has Walmart gone too far?
    WalMart went "too far" long ago in a whole lot of ways. I do not choose to spend my money with them.

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    Re: Walmart seeks to trademark smiley face icon.

    I think they should only copyright their design of their smiley face, but they should not have the rights to trademark smily faces as a whole since they did not create the original smiley face.

    Man does that sound confusing?

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    Thumbs down Re: Walmart seeks to trademark smiley face icon.

    I dearly hope that this doesn't work out for them... don't they have enough?

    I know that this would just be in the retail sector... but come on, you're the largest corporation in the world, can't you share a little yellow circle representing happiness with others?
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    Re: Walmart seeks to trademark smiley face icon.

    I highly doubt this will work for Wal Mart because they did not make the smiley face famous, it has been around much longer before Wal Mart started to use it. It is public domain.

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    Re: Walmart seeks to trademark smiley face icon.

    You guys should read the full story. The "frenchman" was the one who initally sought to copyright the smiley face and prevent Wal-Mart and others from using it:

    Wal-Mart spokesman John Simley told the Los Angeles Times that it had not moved to register the trademark until Mr Loufrani had threatened to do so.
    I think it's funny that Wal-Mart's spokesman's name (John Simley) looks like "John Smiley."

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    Re: Walmart seeks to trademark smiley face icon.

    I doubt this will work. Wal-Mart really doesn't use the logo as much as they used to in the past, and it is used all over the internet. It would be virtually impossible to restrict its use.
    What an idiot....

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    Re: Walmart seeks to trademark smiley face icon.

    Quote Originally Posted by Radiobarry
    WalMart went "too far" long ago in a whole lot of ways. I do not choose to spend my money with them.

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    I agree, I don't shop there either.

    Their stuff is crap anyway.

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    Re: Walmart seeks to trademark smiley face icon.

    That is the most retarded thing I have ever heard.

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