Saucers of Mud

December 27, 2007

The IP Mafia Sticks Together

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 2:54 pm

Microsoft Word autocorrects you if you try to write “xeroxed” with a lowercase “x.”

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7 Comments »

  1. What about kleenex? Or coke?

    Comment by eric — December 27, 2007 @ 5:02 pm

  2. Well, obviously not coke.

    Comment by eric — December 27, 2007 @ 5:03 pm

  3. kleenex yes, coke no, coca-cola no, pepsi not only doesn’t get capitalized it gets marked by the spell-checker. As do linux and macintosh.

    Comment by matt w — December 27, 2007 @ 5:46 pm

  4. Google also gets marked by the spell-checker, even with a capital letter. Tech-company behemoth slap fight!

    Now I have to explain how all these other words got into my document.

    Comment by matt w — December 27, 2007 @ 7:05 pm

  5. Soon, Microsoft Word will correct you if you write “Xeroxed” even with the capital X, because Xerox [tm] is a registered trademark and properly may be used only as a noun to refer to the company or as an adjective to refer to the company’s products (“Xerox copier,” but only if it’s actually made by Xerox). “Xeroxed” as a verb is not allowed. I expect that it will be a violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act at next revision.

    In case you think I’m making that up about IP regulation of parts of speech,
    http://www.xerox.com/go/xrx/template/019d.jsp?view=Factbook&id=Overview
    (skip down to the bottom), and
    http://www.theinquirer.net/en/inquirer/news/2004/09/16/xerox-forbids-use-of-word-xeroxing

    The good news is that you can still say, “Damn, the Xerox [tm] Corporation is really Microsofting us,” and Microsoft won’t sue you. Yet.

    Comment by Ben — December 31, 2007 @ 5:54 am

  6. They emphasize the common-noun origin in “xerography,” though. Perhaps “xerogged” would escape the IP mafia’s gimlet eye.

    Comment by Matt W — December 31, 2007 @ 12:54 pm

  7. Adam Ant felt it necessary to spell the word with a “Z” even though he was using it properly, as in “Zerox Machine” (though the lawyers didn’t talk to whoever put the words up at the beginning of the video). Perhaps they felt that Xerox would be displeased at the allusion to its copyright-violating uses.

    Public Enemy continues to fight the power.

    Comment by Matt W — December 31, 2007 @ 1:02 pm


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