Mountain View, CA--Sun Microsystems today filed a trademark infringement
against the island of Java* over the use of Sun's Java* trademark.
Responding to criticism that the island has been called Java* for
centuries, Sun lawyer Frank Cheatham said "Yeah, and in all that time
they never filed for a trademark. They were asking for it."
Rather than pay the licensing fee, the island decided to change its
name. They originally voted to change it to Visu Albasic, but an angry
telegram from Redmond, Washington convinced them otherwise. The country
finally settled on a symbol for a name--a neatly-colored coffee cup
which still evokes the idea of java. Since most newspapers and
magazines will not be able to print the name of the island, it will
hereafter be referred to in print as "The Island Formerly Known As
The Island Formerly Known As Java* bills itself as a cross-landmass
island, but so far has only been implemented in production on the Malay
Archipelago. Africa is been rumored to have implemented it on
Madagascar, but it is still in alpha testing.
Lawyers from Sun are also, reportedly, attempting to locate the
operators of the huge fiery ball at the center of the solar system for a
*Java is a Trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Anyone caught using the
trademark without permission will be beaten, flogged, sued, and forced
to use Microsoft products.
Believed to be from CYBERIA-L Digest 6/96
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