There is a brouhaha going on right now, about a certain company trademarking the terms "Urban Homestead" and "Urban Homesteading".
And the on-line community is rightly calling bullshit.
Now, let me be clear here: I have no problem with a business protecting a trademarked name, logo, slogan, etc. That is not what is happening here though. The Dervaes are sending cease-and-desist letters to bloggers for daring to use those terms on their blogs. Using a phrase in a blog post, or even in the name of a blog, especially when that blog is not commercial in nature, and pre-dates the Dervaes' trademark, is simply... well, words fail me, but it is causing a backlash that will affect the Dervaes for some time, I'm sure.
Posts for background reading:
A Facebook page was started to declare OUR ownership of those terms.
WE, the gardeners, the chicken-keepers, the growers and harvesters, the planters, the seed-keepers, we will continue to do what we do, no matter who is trying to trademark our passion.
I am an urban homesteader.
Now, go ahead and sue me. I double dog dare you ;)
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