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Copyrights and patents and trademarks, oh my!

We’re a few days late on this one. It was the weekend, okay? Kids to entertain, houses to clean. Moms’ work is never done.

Speaking of moms, TwilightMOMS (they have a website and they sell Twilight-inspired stuff?) had themselves a spectacular tantrum on Twitter this Thursday. Someone was trying to make money off their good name!!!1!

The alleged perpetrator, “Twilight Moms Club: TWI-MOMS,” has been on Facebook since June of last year. Their plot outline on Facebook reads:

“THIS GROUP IS ALL ABOUT THE TWILIGHT SAGA! WE ARE HERE TO HAVE FUN, MEET OTHER MOMS, AND FORM FRIENDSHIPS, ALL WHILE DISCUSSING OUR FAVORITE CULLEN OR TWILIGHT CHARACTER. IN THIS GROUP WE WILL ALSO PASS ALONG ANY MOMMY RELATED THINGS!”

For several months, they were on Twitter as @Twilight_Moms. The TwilightMOMS website, however, used the Twitter name @TwilightMOMS, so you already know this is going to end in tears. Because of @TwilightMOMS’ tantrum, @Twilight_Moms has since changed their Twitter to @Twimoms_Club.

It might help you keep things straight if you remember TwilightMOMS as the one YELLING.

It was all well and good when the new group, @Twilight_Moms, just wanted to hang around and talk about Twilight, but then they decided to go for the big bucks, namely selling T-shirts for Child Abuse Prevention Month. Because there could be no reason for using “moms” in a fundraiser about child abuse prevention other than to capitalise on TwilightMOMS’ fame, right?

@Twilight_Lexicon, who had never previously taken notice of @Twilight_Moms despite all the retweets the _Moms gave them this last month (which was as far back as we went), immediately sent up an emergency flare to the FOR REALZ @TwilightMOMS. Then proceeded to bloviate on the subject for the next 10 tweets:

Sorry. 😦 We told you we were fat lazy moos.

…Oh, you meant the _Moms. Erm…right. Carry on.

I’d be majorly POed if someone tried to start a twitter called @twilight_lexicon no matter what their reason.

It’s not fair to the originating group, the work they put in to start their organization, and the image they want to support.

Kudos to original @TwilightMOMS (whose name I believe is trademarked so copycats beware!) No matter what the cause name imitation not cool

I’ve seen at least three groups in the last 30 days try to claim they are some version of @TwilightMOMS.

I applaude raising money for charity, but not using a variation on someone else’s well known name to do it.

@StephZarecki Beauty of trademark is that it covers things like this. i can just file a TOS violation if it ever happens

To clarify @TwilightMOMS is the legit group we’ve known for years, anything else is NOT the same group, and is NOT connected in any way

Anything being retweeted w/ a highly similar name is not THE @twilightmoms , ripping off their name no matter how worthy your cause not cool

@TwilightMOMS No problem. i didn’t want to overstep but when I realized you guys hadn’t been on for hours saw the misunderstanding

~~~

@elikarae said it best:

It’s funny how TwiLex had just tweeted about Bath & Body Works being threatened by Summit over the “Twilight Woods” fragrance, because Twilight Woods™ is trademarked also, yet Summit claims they’re trying to capitalize on Twilight by “rip[ping] off the design and color palate of “Twilight” promo materials.”

Design and color palate

TwilightMOMS claims their name is trademarked. We can’t find that specific name on TESS (doesn’t mean it isn’t out there, but it made us giggle anyway), but an owner search on the company Twilight Moms LLC brings up two Twilight MOM trademarks for clothing and jewelry and one for “Team Alice.” So tread carefully or you might get sued by the rightful owner. Which is not Summit.

Anyway, TwilightMOMS was on a field trip with her daughter’s class (thanks for telling us), but when she got home, the tantrum commenced:

IKR??? First someone else claiming to be a Twilight mom, then a tsunami the next day. It’s just one thing after another!!!

Today’s word is: INTEGRITY. Posers please take note and find the nearest dictionary. ~Lisa

@TwilightLexicon no, no overstepping! Much thanks! Twi-fansites got each others backs! You’re awesome!

Then there was this block of tweets from @Twilight_Moms (their name had already changed to @Twimoms_Club when we caught it) which is much easier to cap than link one by one, though remember this feed would have been interspersed with responses from @TwilightMOMS.

@TwilightMOMS’ responses:

@Twilight_Moms I’m sure you can understand the reason for confusion. I’d suggest a change of name.

@Twilight_Moms the feedback wouldn’t have been to continue soliciting $ from my already established name & business.

@Twilight_Moms Just do the right thing.

@Twilight_Moms If you really want ppl in the fandom to take u seriously you need to rebrand-ur gonna catch a lot more heat from them!

@Twilight_Moms “honest mistake” = previously emailing *TwilightMOMS* at our *TwilightMOMS* email address??? as u stated earlier? c’mon!

@GJTwiMom Using an obvious variation of an established organization’s name to solicit $ is dishonest & shady. Right & Wrong 101

Ahem…

AHEM…

It doesn’t matter if you have the best of intentions, if you’re under false pretenses how trustworthy can you be to begin with?

~~~

@Twilight_4u thought @TwilightMOMS was too high on herself and said so (again, block of tweets, bottom to top):

No good deed goes unpunished:

In summary, we have no idea what the fuck just happened. God closed his eyes and TwilightMOMS took over or something.

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36 responses to “Copyrights and patents and trademarks, oh my!

  1. Dandie March 14, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Oh god…they Twi-moms scare me…a lot…can we just wave our Harry Potter wands and make them disappear? Oh wait…wrong fandom…

  2. PullmyFinger March 14, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Maybe if these Moms spent as much time with their children or truly preventing child abuse that they do on bitching about a name, there would be no child abuse!

    Jesus, I couldn’t even keep up with who was who.

  3. Anonymouse March 14, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Um, how the hell did she manage to get that name trademarked anyway? She’s basically capitalising on someone else’s intellectual property so she’d do better keeping her head down.

    • Shut Up March 15, 2011 at 6:10 pm

      I wonder how much money she makes. If she paid for trademarks for the jewelry and all then they run a few hundred apiece. She’d have to be making a lot to think it worth it.

  4. Anonymouse March 14, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Oops, I wasn’t trying to sound like Captain Obvious there. Couldn’t see all the images on my.phone but now realise you already covered the IP infringement.

    • Anonymous March 15, 2011 at 11:15 am

      That was a good question though, because she could have registered it and still got in trouble. They said B&BW registered “Twilight Woods” and is still getting sued by Summit, but I don’t think anyone “owns” Twilight as a word, so…

  5. what the hell ever March 14, 2011 at 5:13 am

    someone wanna simplify the plot for me? what the heck happened….my eyes just glazed over ..way too many moms to keep it straight in there…

    • Ellie March 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm

      Well from what I can gather and I maybe wrong you’ve got two twilight moms.
      The original twilight moms (I feel ridiculous even typing those words) kicked up a stink because they saw the second newer group as infringing on their so called ‘copyrighted’ name. Both the original group and twilight lexicon (who bought it to their attention) hadn’t bought the issue up until the newer group attempted to sell t-shirts in aid of a child abuse charity. Original twimom pissed that people may buy something in aid of a charity rather than the crap she sells so starts kicking up a stink on twitter. Basically some sad middle aged women with nothing better to do with their time behaving like children ‘cos another group have a similar name, lol. God help society if these people are actually raising children.

    • Ralph S. Mouse March 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      IKR? I did what Twankharder suggested and thought of MOMS in CAPS as making the noise

  6. PullmyFinger March 14, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Okay, I went to the website with all the merchandise. How can they sell that? They use the name “Snuggie”, um, last I checked Snuggie didn’t make a TwilightMom Snuggie..Snuggie is trademarked! Sounds like a case of pot meeting kettle. I wish I could ship these people off to an Island.

  7. Anonymous March 14, 2011 at 7:19 am

    What in the actual fuck?

    Nevermind, as soon as IP law is brought up within this fandom gray matter starts oozing out of my ears.

  8. yowzahs March 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    It’s just one LOL after another in this fandom isn’t it?! I checked with the US copyright ofice- you can search for anything copyrighted on their site—guess what, “TWI_MOMS, TwilightMoms” etc are not listed…hmmm I wonder if it’s because
    A) they are full of shit
    B) they are dumber than a bag of hair
    C) have no idea what the fuck they are even talking about
    D) Can’t copyright something already copyrighted (i.e TWILIGHT)
    E) All of the above.

    Jeezus people- pull your head out and get the fuck over yourselves already.

  9. Ellie March 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    So if I’ve got this straight the original twi moms and lexicon were harassing twi moms2 for using their ‘copyrighted’ name for raising money for abused children? Wow they sound like lovely people. I completely agree that if it’s a choice between a stupid twitter name/website or protecting young vulnerable children, the twitter/website should totally take priority. Can I suggest that these mothers focus on more important things like hmmmmmmmm perhaps bringing up their children, instead of wasting valuable time on waging war on twitter sites. Ladies put the book aimed at teenage girls down and grow the fuck up. It’s one thing reading YA lit it’s quite another when you start behaving like a teenager yourself.

    • Ralph S. Mouse March 15, 2011 at 10:26 pm

      They’re more interested in having fun than taking care of their kids. I know one who tweets just about every five minutes all day long, and she has a newborn. As for waging war online, I wonder if when their kid comes home from school and says, Mom, someone called me fat, they say “Well, just go on Twitter and tell everyone she has VD!” Do they raise their kids to act as immature as they do?

  10. Not A Mom March 14, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Could she be any more up her own ass? YOU DON’T OWN TWILIGHT.

  11. Me March 15, 2011 at 2:40 am

    I wonder if they realize that they are actually the ones in copywrite infringement, by selling Twilight related merchandise for profit without the written consent of Stephenie Meyer and or Summit Entertainment.

  12. Fangirl Anonymous March 15, 2011 at 7:32 am

    I was grinding my teeth while I read her tweets. “Right and Wrong 101”? Fuck you. You don’t make the rules.

    Btw, did you see the website is selling a cookbook now? From recipes people sent in (but they keep the $$ of course.)

  13. Anonymous March 15, 2011 at 11:20 am

    If she didn’t register that trademark, she’s shit outta luck. But also, my brother-in-law owns a small accounting firm named after himself. He asked at the time what would happen if someone else wanted to name their business “Smith’s”, and his lawyer said registered trademarks are given first come first serve in a geographic area. I don’t know if that’s city, state, region, or whatever, but it didn’t sound like if he named it “Smith’s” then no one else in the whole country could ever name a business “Smith’s.” I think this crazy lady needs to get over herself.

  14. lol March 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    “Twilight fandom is tight, you cath heat from *everywhere* when u try to mess w/a trusted name. I’d do the same 4 any of them.”

    you just CALL out my NAME…
    and you KNOW wherever i AM
    i’ll come RUNning, i’ll come running
    to see you aGAIN…

    lol. the only two people who gave “heat” (if you can call it heat) were her and the lexicon. not exactly an army of justice.

  15. Is that cheese? March 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Don’t any of these TwiMoms have some fanfiction to publish? Surely that’s a better waste of their time.

  16. Shut Up March 15, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    You need to learn the difference between libel and slander.

    You ask me, TwilightMOMS needs to learn the difference between trademark and registered trademark.
    Lol @ tsunami comment. Hopefully bitch got a wakeup call the next day and realized how good she has it.

  17. Shut Up March 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Sometimes, not often, someone will do something shady and say “but it’s for CHARITY!” as if that excuses it. So I didn’t want to comment on that part, but really TwilightMOMS? They used a similar name to yours for months and you didn’t care, and ignored their emails, but suddenly they want to help abused kids and it’s dangerous to the “integrity” of your name?

    Good luck when Meyer or her publishers or Summit say you’re damaging the integrity of their series.

  18. Ralph S. Mouse March 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Reading her tweets, it’s like she thinks that registering her “business” automatically made the name trademarked. Then she talks about copyrighting, so I don’t think sh eknows one from the other.

    I can’t believe anyone would be this overbearing when she’s on such thin ice with what she’s selling. Maybe she has some special permission we don’t know about, but you’d think she’d have said so by now. Sounds like she’s taking the Omnific tack and saying it’s all derivative.

  19. Don't be stupid March 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I was at a MOMS event in Salt Lake when the first FGB started. The head mom Lisa was there bitching about it saying fgb was taking away from their work with The lemonade people

    They went on the website and complained. They also went to SM summit and lb to get fgb blocked from being allowed to raise money causing s ton of shit for fgb. It’s all heresy except for the site. That was up for a few days before it was deleted.

    It wasn’t pretty but someone from fgb should probably comment further

    And that’s how Mormons act? It shameful.

    • Anon E Mouse March 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      I don’t get how Mormons get roped into this? These Twilight Mom groups aren’t Mormon, are they?

      • Don't be stupid March 16, 2011 at 7:22 pm

        The women who run it are Mormon and from Utah. I have nothing against Mormons. But they are fanatical

        • Anon E Mouse March 16, 2011 at 10:05 pm

          Just because someone is from Utah does not mean they are Mormon. BTW: I’m neither Mormon nor from Utah, but hate generalizations. That’s like saying all Catholics are against birth control.

  20. Don't be stupid March 17, 2011 at 12:24 am

    I’m catholic and from Utah.

    My point about Mormon is that their beliefs should bring them above the pettiness of harping on shit like this.

    And really? Anyone anyone hating generalizations on this site is hilarious considering all BNAs are lumped into the same category. That’s a generalization.

    I’m more apalled by the moms reaction to charities and other sites that somehow get more publicity than them.

    • Anonymous March 17, 2011 at 1:15 am

      Yes, if someone acts ridculous when it comes to a charity, fine. However, not all ‘BNAs’ need twanking. Hence, having issues with generalisations.

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