The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 October 2007

Better Vented than most

The first of my five hundred fifty-three (as of this week) columns under the title "The Vent" appeared on the 9th of April, 1996, one of my seven original pages. (And it's still up.)

I mention this because somebody clearly wants to use this title for commercial purposes. Yesterday, a search came through here, duly recorded by the log, looking for "THE VENT" TELEVISION OR TV OR SITCOMS OR SITCOM OR AUDIO OR VIDEO OR PAPER OR CLOTHING OR TOYS OR TOY OR GAMES OR GAME OR PLAYTHINGS OR BOOKS OR PAPER OR RADIO OR WIRELESS.

I must, of course, congratulate them on their thoroughness, even if they did mention "paper" twice. And by "they" I mean Thomson CompuMark, "the global leader in trademark research and brand protection," whence this search came. I note that they came in through Google and stayed for a good fifteen minutes, ending up on the Vent index page, where all 553 of those columns are linked.

Now I don't for a minute believe that any "somebody" willing to shell out for what must be fairly pricey research is going to give up on a premise because some D-list Web site might have been there first, and anyway I don't do television or TV or sitcoms or — well, you get the idea. Still, if anyone is wondering if I can be bought, there's only one possible response: "Make me an offer."

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Posted by: David Fleck at 7:22 AM on 17 October 2007

Actually, I've been through one of those: they had, I judged, the better of the argument — after all, they were there first — and I backed down. (Details here.) This set of circumstances, however, is substantially different, I think.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:38 AM on 17 October 2007

As long as it isn't Infotel.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:02 AM on 17 October 2007

Michelle Malkin's site Hot Air dotcom has a regular Vent, likewise, they are going into Internet video streaming. Good site, but keep what you've obviously earned, Chaz!

Posted by: localmalcontent at 10:03 AM on 17 October 2007

Wait and see if they start using the term, then send 'em a bitchy letter about it. :)

Posted by: unimpressed at 2:49 PM on 18 October 2007

I plan to sell out just as soon as someone makes me an offer.

*crickets*

Don't make me beg, guys.

Posted by: Mike at 4:50 PM on 18 October 2007

The Vent (the one here) has an About page, sort of — it's titled "The what?" — and it links back to Hot Air:

And no, this has no connection with Michelle Malkin's Hot Air network, which features a videoblog called "Vent"; I was here first, yes, but more to the point, I think she's using it as a verb, which I'm not. At any rate, I don't think there's any likelihood that anyone will confuse the two: Malkin is a beautiful young woman of impeccable conservative credentials, and I'm, um, not.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:28 PM on 18 October 2007