Chocolate Shop Refuses To Put 3 Year Old’s Name On An Easter Egg Due To “Copyright Issues”
Meet Rooney Scholes, a three year old from Rochdale, a large market town in Greater Manchester, England. This past Easter, Rooney’s mother decided to get a personalized Easter egg for her son, with his name “Rooney” written on the front. Unbelievably, the chocolate shop refused to make the egg, claiming that they feared they would be infringing copyright laws. Take a moment to let that sink in.
You see, the shop claimed that they feared superstar soccer player from Manchester United, Wayne Rooney, would sue the shop for using his name on the egg. The shop and the mother eventually compromised, allowing the shop to put the three year old’s full name, “Rooney Scholes,” on the Easter egg. Ironically, Paul Scholes is another star that played on Manchester United.
First, copyright law does not apply to names. That’s both true in the United States and in the UK.  This sounds more like a trademark claim (If you’re not familiar with the difference, I wrote a quick little article that will get you up to speed here). Trademark law may protect celebrities from merchants who wish to falsely brand their products in a way that makes it appear as if the celebrity was endorsing their product. “Wayne Rooney’s Easter Eggs” would be an example of a product trademark law would seek to regulate.
But what we have here, is an example of how some people may take intellectual property laws too far. Common sense tells us that it’s ridiculous for a store to fear a lawsuit from a superstar for putting the name of a child on an Easter egg. But just the idea of a lawsuit has many running scared. In the end, the store apologized for the whole ordeal, stating, “[t]he company does abide by copyright laws but these were not applicable in this case.” 
As ridiculous as this story is, I think it brings to light two very important issues. The first is that intellectual property laws are not widely understood by the public or by many professionals that work in industries where those issues might arise. And the second is that copyright trolls and frivolous lawsuits have people scared over minor things, which results, as in this case, in some absurd conduct. There’s room for improvement. And I, for one, hope this blog helps to close some of that gap, giving people a place to find quality information on intellectual property laws. These laws aren’t intended to make you think twice before putting your child’s own name on his or her birthday cake or Easter egg. So, till next time, take care of yourselves and I hope you enjoyed some insight on intellectual chocolaty laws.
 http://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/copyright/ p01_uk_copyright_law  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2604103/Manchester-United-mad-mother-named-son-Rooney-Scholes-row-Thorntons-refuse-ice-Easter-egg-COPYRIGHT-ISSUES.html
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