Philip K. Dick estate vs. Google’s Nexus One…

January 8, 2010

I’m sorry but this is kind of stupid.

Philip K. Dick’s estate has sent a cease and desist order to Google, claiming that Google’s new Nexus One phone is somehow infringing upon the name of  the replicant character names  in Dick’s “Bladerunner.”

Google claims that they are using the word in the original sense, meaning “a place for things to converge.”

Dick’s daughter says that, “In my mind, there is a very obvious connection to my father’s novel. People don’t get it. It’s the principle of it. It would be nice to have a dialogue. We are open to it. That’s a way to start.”

She’s right, people don’t get it — because it’s bullshit.

The estate does not own a trademark on the word “nexus” and  had no right to send a cease and desist order.

And according to Boing Boing, there are hundreds of live trademarks for the word “nexus” in existence.

Why is there a need for “dialogue,” other than to try to suck up  some Google money to keep the estate’s money making machine chugging along?

If I remember correctly, didn’t the movie “Star Trek: Generations” use the term “nexus” for the big black hole time changing thingie?  Did the estate sue Paramont and a piece of the Star Trek pie?


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