Proper use of the word PHOTOSHOP...... dont get yourself into any legal mess =D =p


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Found this on digg.com
I understand where Adobe is coming from.
Interesting read and do take note (especially if you like to blog and write about how you post process your work)

cheers.

http://www.adobe.com/misc//trade.html#photoshop

Proper use of the Photoshop trademark

Trademarks help protect corporate and product identity, and Photoshop is one of Adobe's most valuable trademarks. By following the below guidelines, you can help Adobe protect the Photoshop brand name.

The Photoshop trademark must never be used as a common verb or as a noun. The Photoshop trademark should always be capitalized and should never be used in possessive form, or as a slang term. It should be used as an adjective to describe the product, and should never be used in abbreviated form. The following examples illustrate these rules:

Trademarks are not verbs.


CORRECT: The image was enhanced using Adobe® Photoshop® software.


INCORRECT: The image was photoshopped.

Trademarks are not nouns.


CORRECT: The image pokes fun at the Senator.

INCORRECT: The photoshop pokes fun at the Senator.

Always capitalize and use trademarks in their correct form.


CORRECT: The image was enhanced with Adobe® Photoshop® Elements software.

INCORRECT: The image was photoshopped.

INCORRECT: The image was Photoshopped.

INCORRECT: The image was Adobe® Photoshopped.

Trademarks must never be used as slang terms.


CORRECT: Those who use Adobe® Photoshop® software to manipulate images as a hobby see their work as an art form.

INCORRECT: A photoshopper sees his hobby as an art form.

INCORRECT: My hobby is photoshopping.

Trademarks must never be used in possessive form.


CORRECT: The new features in Adobe® Photoshop® software are impressive.

INCORRECT: Photoshop's features are impressive.

Trademarks are proper adjectives and should be followed by the generic terms they describe.


CORRECT: The image was manipulated using Adobe® Photoshop® software.

INCORRECT: The image was manipulated using Photoshop.

Trademarks must never be abbreviated.


CORRECT: Take a look at the new features in Adobe® Photoshop® software.

INCORRECT: Take a look at the new features in PS.

The trademark owner should be identified whenever possible.
 

Andy Ang

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If you use original, then have to type all the crap loor.

If you use pirated version, then anyhow also can loor. :bsmilie:
 

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It is questionable whether any legal mess would be gotten into from improper usage of the word photoshop in ways other than to designate a trade mark. Contrary to the view of the thread starter, I don't think that is what the article is about.

What the article really is about is an attempt by Adobe to educate the consumer about its trade marks. This is a preemptive move (or sometimes a move too late) to prevent its trade marks from being rendered generic in the eyes of the public. Xerox spent tons of money on similar advertising and education campaigns because its "XEROX" mark was in danger (and probably already is) of being generic.

If an attack is subsequently made on the distinctiveness of the trade mark (say as a defence against an infringement suit), the company will then whip up these educational materials and said that it has made efforts to prevent such genericism.

Many trade marks have been rendered generic in the course of public use, and when that happens, they are at risk of not being able to do the job it started out as, to serve as a badge of origin and identify the goods and services with a particular proprietor.

Notable generic ex-trade marks - scotch tape, panadol, escalator, zipper etc.
 

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Well, if I can become so famous and when ppl starts to say, Let's go Andy! = Let's go take some good photographs.

Wah, I will be glad man.

At least ppl now knows xerox = photo-copying.
 

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vince123123

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Clubsnap is a registered trade mark meh? If not, better not put the R there :p

It is an offence to represent a trade mark as being registered when it is not :p

Be careful also of ClubSnap® CS® CSers®.

And also Elites® once they registered it as their trademark and are protective about its usage.

:bsmilie:
 

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Be careful also of ClubSnap® CS® CSers®.

And also Elites® once they registered it as their trademark and are protective about its usage.

:bsmilie:
How about Sion®'s Afghan Girl® series? =D

Need to use ® or not?
 

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I google® this article and why r they like that? hehehe....
 

Andy Ang

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Emm... You can use google as a verb already. It is in the dictionary. However, must use the small letter G. If it is Google, then it's trademark-'ed'.
 

leyo04

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Emm... You can use google as a verb already. It is in the dictionary. However, must use the small letter G. If it is Google, then it's trademark-'ed'.
ok noted and saved in notepad®.

hehehe.....
 

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Adobe should be proud for many people are using the product name like it is in the dictionary...

What the duck
 

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Piang®, Now® Post® Anything® Also® Must® Be® Careful®, Everything® Must Put® Trademark®, Else® Scarly® Kena® Sue®.

+1®. :)
 

theRBK

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Emm... You can use google as a verb already. It is in the dictionary. However, must use the small letter G. If it is Google, then it's trademark-'ed'.
actually, Google with a capital G is in the Oxford English Dictionary... a verb describing the use of the Google search engine to search for an item/s... under a draft entry in June 2006...

and also in a draft entry in June 2006, there is the entry Photoshop with a capital P and without the ®... as a verb, describing the use of the program to manipulate an image... and also the adjective Photoshopped, derived from the verb, describing an image that that looks like it had been manipulated by the program... will Adobe® sue Oxford English Dictionary? ;p
 

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vince123123

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Hmm, I'm not sure if this was intended to be a joke, or there was a misunderstanding on the usage of the ® sign or both :p

Piang®, Now® Post® Anything® Also® Must® Be® Careful®, Everything® Must Put® Trademark®, Else® Scarly® Kena® Sue®.

+1®. :)
 

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Piang®, Now® Post® Anything® Also® Must® Be® Careful®, Everything® Must Put® Trademark®, Else® Scarly® Kena® Sue®.

+1®. :)
you never ® the :) ...later someone sue you... ;p :bsmilie:
 

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