Sunday, January 16, 2005

Jeralyn Gets It

Jeralyn Merritt at TalkLeft:

For someone so intent on being ethical, why did she choose a name for her blog so close to that of prominent blogger Wonkette? It may not be trademark or copyright infringement, but it's an obvious rip-off and seems like an attempt to get attention by riding the coattails of a more successful blogger. Not high in the ethics department, if you ask me.

Google Is Your Friend

It is illuminating to google for pages containing both the words "Wonkette" and "Zonkette"

Some people have been confused by the two names.

GailOnline says:

The gossip columnist in blog form, Zonkette,

... UPDATE: ooops. I confused Zonkette with Wonkette whom I rarely read. So, having no knowledge of same, I should not have called Zonkette a gossip columnist.

Blogosphere News says:

Kosgate is No-Gate

I think it’s a bit early to start calling the controversy Wonkette’s been trying to rile up Kosgate, don’t you? And while we’re on the subject, can we just drop any nickname for a story that ends in “gate"? Honestly, it’s getting old people.

Can't Andrew Nichols tell the difference between "Wonkette" and "Zonkette"? They start with completely different letters of the alphabet for chrissakes!

Other people seem to understand the difference between someone who peddles fabrications and sleazy gossip and Ana Marie Cox.

Piled Higher and Deeper: Oh and Zonkette? What the hell is that? Wonkette without the anal sex?

Chicken Foot Stew: Zonkette, who presumably lifted her name from Wonkette,...

Rain Storm:
Then Zephyr Teachout, a former Dean campaign staffer who writes a blog called Zonkette (an obvious knock-off of the much more interesting blog Wonkette), convinced the Wall Street Journal that she had a hot story about bloggers who were paid by political campaigns, and it was hot because it dovetailed into the Armstrong Williams story rather nicely.
(emphasis added)

An "obvious knock-off" may be obvious to some, but, obviously, it's still a knock-off, on the same moral level as "Neki" or "Adadis" sneakers for sale in flea markets.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Any IP Experts Reading This?

So all this fuss about bloggers on the take was kicked off by someone with the unlikely name of Zephyr Teachout and the even more unlikely blog name of Zonkette. Hmmm. Zonkette. Does that name remind you of anything in particular?

I wonder if Nick Denton, who owns the Gawker Media family of blogs, bothered to trademark any of his blogs' names? And I wonder if there's any risk of readers' (or advertisers') confusion between Wonkette and the similar name of a different weblog written by a misleading and disingenuous scandalmonger?