Paul Alan Levy sends along this heartwarming news about the Jenzabar case:
In a ruling this week, a Massachusetts trial judge upheld the free speech rights of a documentary filmmaking company against an effort by a Massachusetts software company to use trademark litigation to punish the filmmakers for the portrayal of one of the student leaders in the Tiananmen square protests. . . .
Sidestepping the fact that neither Google nor other search engines rely on keyword meta tags, Massachusetts Superior Court Judge John Cratsley has granted summary judgment on the ground that there was no evidence supporting the claim that any reasonable Internet user might be confused about whether Jenzabar was the sponsor of Long Bowâ€™s web site. The court squarely rejected Jenzabarâ€™s claim based on initial interest confusion, noting that a Google search for â€œJenzabarâ€ would turn up multiple results for Jenzabarâ€™s own web pages that users interested in Jenzabarâ€™s own web site could follow. In the event an Internet user clicked through into Long Bowâ€™s critical web pages, and did not want to be there, she could easily go back to the search list and find a different web page about Jenzabar.
Well, I’ve always liked LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION, and I like it even better when judges avoid getting all excited about Internet things and remember that without those magic words, there’s no trademark infringement. Period.