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By gpig (Thu Aug 10, 2006 at 11:59:20 AM EST) freecycle, freedom, not cycling (all tags)

If you don't know what Freecycle is then look away now, or at least look here ( ) or here ( ).

So, it looks like the people who founded Freecycle have registered the name as a trademark.

The most galling bit is that on their site they state that:

We are a big grassroots movement but a tiny little nonprofit organization with a staff of one so defending our trademark takes many hands and hearts.

Quick tips: only use it as an adjective (Freecycle group, etc.) and never as a noun or verb, or morphed into another word (freecycler, freecycling, freecycle the couch, etc. are no-nos).

Argh! Memo to fools: if the commoners start using the name of your website as a verb, you have won! Do you really think that Google object to people saying 'I googled for "monkey" and got 10 billion results'? Of course they don't. I repeat, if you become part of the language you have won.

The Freecycle community survives by hippyish goodwill, if the centre goes corporate all that you'll get is a load of different groups called different things. People will still call it 'freecycling', and refer to themselves as 'freecyclers'. In my mind, at least, this is in the language now.

Is the true intent of Freecycle (tm) to encourage recycling? If so, what better tribute to this than to give some new words to the language to describe the process of giving stuff away so it doesn't go to landfill? I can't imagine any reason to register and defend the trademark, other than to maintain the exclusivity of a particular coordinating body, namely .

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when your trade name becomes part of the by webwench (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Aug 10, 2006 at 12:17:58 PM EST
language, you lose your trademark. That's why The Coca-Cola Company bitches about people using 'coke' as a generic term for soda/pop/carbonated beverages, and the Kleenex people want you to refer to other facial tissues as, well, facial tissues.

Also, kicks ass.

Getting more attention than you since 1998.

oh, and I bet they defend the trademark by webwench (4.00 / 1) #2 Thu Aug 10, 2006 at 12:19:10 PM EST
in hopes they can sell the damned thing for millions one day.

Getting more attention than you since 1998.

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The concept of freecycle kicks ass by gpig (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Aug 10, 2006 at 01:04:25 PM EST
I don't see why anyone needs to trademark it.
(,   ,') -- eep
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(Comment Deleted) by yicky yacky (4.00 / 2) #4 Thu Aug 10, 2006 at 01:55:29 PM EST

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No doubt by DesiredUsername (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Aug 11, 2006 at 02:37:02 AM EST
I have unloaded so much crap on those guys--and they don't even charge to haul away junk!

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True by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Aug 11, 2006 at 07:12:05 AM EST
Trademarks lost to common use: Elevator, Aspirin
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