May 20th, 2004, 09:37 PM
The Next Court Case: Googol Vs. Google?
Good grief....whats next....bloody sue crazy people.
The family of the mathematician who coined the word "googol" may be threatening to take Google.com to court over the name, according to an article in Wednesday's edition of The Scotsman.
Professor Edward Kasner, a mathematician at Columbia University, used the term "googol" in his 1940 book, Mathematics and the Imagination to mean 10 raised to the 100th power. According to mathematical lore, he got the word from his 9-year-old nephew. His great-neice, Peri Fleisher, is seriously looking at asserting the family's legal rights, according to the article. In an interview by the Baltimore Sun, Fleisher is described as "a compensation specialist for a Silicon Valley firm".
Legal experts consulted by The Scotsman asserted that it would be difficult to prove the family had any legitimate claim to use of the word, unless they had been using it as a trademark or somehow that Google.com had been misusing the term for their own benefit.
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May 20th, 2004, 09:45 PM
If that's the case, then whoever coined the word "hear" owes some money to the guy who came up with "here", same goes for "sea" and "see"...
May 20th, 2004, 10:40 PM
Personally I don't see how they have a leg to stand on. Not spelled the same, not used for some obscure mathematical theorem, nothing is the same, except phonetically is sounds the same. I'm with groovicious on this one, read/read, hear/hear, sea/see, there/their/they're, you're/your....The world is full of words that sound the same, but have completely different meanings. This is just another case, IMO.
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May 20th, 2004, 11:19 PM
What.. Did the guy get the word copyrighted or something?
It's sort of like that whole Lindows thing with Microsoft. They think that they own anything ending in "indows"
I say.. who cares? It's just a name for god's sake!
They're probably just trying to find some extra cash to pay the credit card debt.
May 21st, 2004, 12:09 AM
dang, that was the other combination I was trying to think of.
May 21st, 2004, 02:49 AM
Why do you think he waited so long to mention this? How long has google been around??
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May 21st, 2004, 07:54 AM
not only a difference in spelling but also a bit of a difference in pronunciation. I don't see much of a similarity here.
May 21st, 2004, 01:22 PM
huh.. Try searching there.. u get yahoo search results :P