RANT: Common phrase trademarked?

EMERGENCY POST

http://zenhabits.net/2009/04/feel-the-fear-and-do-it-anyway-or-the-privatization-of-the-english-language/

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (or, the Privatization of the English Language)
from Zen Habits by Leo
Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter.

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Today I received an email from the lawyers of author Susan Jeffers, PhD., notifying me that I’d infringed on her trademark by inadvertantly using the phrase “feel the fear and do it anyway” in my post last week, A Guide to Beating the Fears That Hold You Back.

The phrase, apparently, is the title of one of her books … a book I’d never heard of. I wasn’t referring to her book. I’m not using the phrase as a title of a book or product or to sell anything. I was just referring to something a friend said on Twitter.

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I would think that “prior art” would defeat the the claim.

I know I heard that in injineering skool and in basic training.

Perhaps if every blogger jumps on this, we can “help”. (Does the lawyer charge his client by the letter, mine always bills me for everything!)

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