Should companies be able to copyright words so others can't use it?
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I think it's wrong to copyright words because the English language is meant to be used for everyone, and shouldn't be turned into a business. If I am making a game I shouldn't not be allowed to use a certain word because someone has "bought" the word. Copying a game is one thing but buying words so only you could use them is a totally different ballgame.
As I mentioned previously companies should not be able to trademark words. It is like trying to trademark the oxygen we breathe. All words are fair game, and anyone can use them as they please. And while my previous argument focused on King trying to trademark words, they are not the only company who has tried to trademark words. Other companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook and many more companies have tried to "buy rights" to words (1). While some have explainable reasons (Instagram with "Insta" and Twitter using "tweet") others are absolutely ridiculous (Microsoft trying to trademark "natural" and "rare"). There are laws that protect companies from having product names stolen, like the Trademark law, but it doesn't mean that a company has a monopoly on the word, like some incorporation's intend to use it (2).
Another reason I am against trademarking is royalty fees. Royalty fees are a sum of money company A must pay to company B to be able to use something that company B owns, like a song. For example, have you ever been to a restaurant on your birthday and the staff got together to sing their version of the Happy Birthday song? It's because the restaurant didn't want to have to pay a hefty royalty fee to Warner/Chappell, the company who had owned the rights to the song "Happy Birthday to You" until September 2015, when it was ruled that the song was public property. Warner/Chappell had made up to 2 million dollars per year charging royalties for the song(3). It truly shows that royalty fees are challenging to everyone.
In conclusion, I think words should not be able to be trademarked because words are free for everyone to use, monopolies could be formed on the word and that royalty fees hurt companies and other people as well. Companies should NOT be able to trademark words for personal gain.
Thank you so much for reading my cases. I look forward to hear my opponents view on the case.
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Vote Placed by lannan13 7 months ago
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