Tuesday, August 30, 2005

PublishAmerica sued! Again. (*yawn*)

But first, the P5 for August 30, 2005:

(1) SUFFER IN SILENCE: 32,770 5
(2) COOKIN' FOR LOVE: 54,449 5
(3) INFERTILITY SUCKS: 110,240 5
(5) RATED F: 277,421 6

So, according to Publishers Weekly, the deceitful imbeciles at PublishAmerica are being sued again, though this time it is only for being imbecilic.

Turns out the folks over at Encyclopaedia Britannica do not like them using the (ridiculous) corporate name of PublishBritannica--and they are suing for trademark infringement.

And it seems the PA folks are responding in their usual manner. From the Publishers Weekly article:

The slippery Maryland company is being sued by Encyclopaedia Britannica after launching an arm known as--what else?--PublishBritannica. The company apparently has a Web site and an "imprint" with that name, and the famed Illinois reference firm says that constitutes violation of its trademark.

According to a complaint Britannica filed earlier this month in Illinois District Court, Britannica says that the use of the name and a similar symbol could lead to confusion in the marketplace. It wants PA to stop all usage as well as pay damages and any profits that resulted from the use. The company also says several cease-and-desist letters have gone unanswered.

Profits? I wouldn't worry too much about that.

And they are only suing for $75K. For that kind of embarrassment? Should be millions, baby.