Corporate Bullying- support Team Eco-labs.org

13 May 2011

ecolabsSometimes it's just not enough that you are a multi-million pound US corporation, sometimes you just need to pick on someone *much* smaller than you to make your cock feel bigger.

"With sales of $6 billion and more than 26,000 associates, Ecolab is the global leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services." EcoLabs, on the other hand,  is a small non-profit environmental education organisation based in London.

Despite the fact thatthe UK EcoLabs was formed and registered two years before the US company registered trademarks in the UK, EcoLab Inc. claims that the UK EcoLabs is infringing their trademark by using the name “Eco labs” and they are attempting to legally steal their www.eco-labs.org domain name from them.

Now, we aren't ones to get involved in other people's domestics, but we think this one is a little too shameful to go by unnoticed. For two years running this voluntary group have had to pay legal fees to fend off takedown requests. Of course if you have deep American pockets, this is not a problem, but for a small not-for-profit?

EcoLabs put it best themselves "The prefix ‘ECO' is in common usage, being shorthand for the term ‘ecological’. The term 'LABS' refers to the research and development conducted as part of our communication design practice. Both words are so common that it is absurd for a corporate entity to assume the legal right to prevent others from combining these two ideas together. We are willing to share the common use of ‘eco’ and ‘labs’ with everyone.

"The legal costs to defend ourselves are high by our standards (since most of the work we do we do for free). Despite what seems like an enormous waste of time and money, we feel it is important to not back down. If you are concerned with corporate encroachment of the English language (or if you think our resources are worthwhile) please consider helping with our legal fees".

They need £800 to defend their case in Minneapolis at the end of May, and have so far raised £50. The open rights group have joined the crusade and besides, where are you going to find a cheaper and more satisfying way to kick a big fat American butt?

4 comments

  • A S.
    Not one for normally contributing to these sorts of things but there are several things that grate against my sense of fairness here so I'm in and best of luck to them
  • The B.
    Hold on now, isn't the org domain name specifically for charities and non profit organisations? ICANN should kick this out forthwith.
  • maxtweenie
    Yeah, fuck off Yanks. We invented everything so we own it right. Innit.
  • oz
    Dear Team Can you not suggest we all email ecolab (big american bully) to register our disgust?

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