ACS sues Google for trademark infringement

Stevan Harnad harnad at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Tue Dec 14 09:24:15 EST 2004


Re:
> the story on the Chemical and Engineering News site: 
> http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/8250/8250acs.html
> 
> [and] today's online Chronicle of Higher Education, for those who have a 
> subscription.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) should (and will) be ashamed of
itself, forgetting it is a Scholarly Society and acting for all the
world like just another corporate bottom-feeder, trying to squeeze the
most revenue out of the leastmost commodity ("branding"). They might as
well be peddling hog-bellies, or H2O rights in Bolivia.

Fear not. The bottom line is not the scruple-free conduct of its handsomely
paid executives and legal staff, but the ACS membership (and history itself),
which will hold ACS accountable if it continues down this sociopathic
path instead of doing what scholarly societies are meant to do.

Meanwhile, it would be fun if the various other "X Scholar" entities took
out a class action suit against ACS's "SciFinder Scholar"...

Eligible candidates include:

    American Scholar http://www.pbk.org/pubs/amscholar.htm
    Black Scholar http://www.theblackscholar.org/
    Zetetic Scholar http://tricksterbook.com/truzzi/ZeteticScholars.html

Stevan Harnad
Chaire de recherche du Canada
Centre de neuroscience de la cognition (CNC)
Université du Québec à Montréal
Montréal, Québec,  Canada  H3C 3P8
tel: 1-514-987-3000 2461#
fax: 1-514-987-8952
harnad at uqam.ca
http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/




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