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Posted by M Arthur Auslander on March 27, 2002 at 22:04:02:
In Reply to: names posted by Lindsay on March 27, 2002 at 13:50:09:
: Last year, a group of students ran for political office at our college under a certain name (a name of their party). One student created the name. This year, the party has split, and the students on Team 1 (including the student who originally created the name) want to use it. However, the students on Team 2 are saying that no one should have it, since the team used it as a whole and is now split
: Are there intellectual property laws that apply to this, even though no one copywrited the name?
The legal system is meant to serve all needs. The statutes are supposed to be specific, decided cases with or without statues serve a precidents. What you have here is a legal problem, with arguments on both sides. If it were before a court the judge would have the last word. That does not even mean the judge would be right.
I don't see where the other group has a right to preclude. Emotionally I would side with the creators group.
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