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In response to the Dervaes decision to trademark the following terms: (scroll down   for more information and links)

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A series of links on the controversial decision of the Dervaes family, to trademark several terms,  in common use, and its implications to a movement and social justice in general.

“How can you trademark the idea of going back to our roots? Our interest in eating food from our own yard? In learning to do things for ourselves and make things from scratch? Jess came up with the perfect analogy. What if someone trademarked “DIY” and “do-it-yourself” and then went around shutting down every personal blog that used the acronym? What if they had Facebook accounts deleted, and stopped people from publicly talking about their books that had DIY in the title, even if the books were published before the trademark paperwork was filed?

Trademarking “DIY” would be completely counter to everything the modern DIY movement is about, just as trademarking “urban homesteading” is counter to the spirit of the community of urban homesteaders. The key word here seems to be “community.” The Dervaes family isn’t part of a larger community. Their community ends with the four of them.”

-from http://kristaandjess.wordpress.com/2011/02/21/urban-homesteaders-urban-homesteading-on-the-urban-homestead/

In the News

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2011/02/pasadena_family_trademarks_the.php

http://growninthecity.com/2011/02/5questions-with-gustavo-arrelano-the-journalist-who-broke-the-dervaes-urban-homesteading-story-talks-about-intellectual-property-and-the-urban-homesteading-movement/

http://oaklandlocal.com/article/oaklands-institute-urban-homesteading-gets-cease-and-desist-trademark-letter

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/ci_17417055?IADID=Search-www.pasadenastarnews.com-www.pasadenastarnews.com

On Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/DragonflyhillUrbanFarm

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Urban-Homesteading-Is-A-Way-Of-Life-Not-A-Copyright/189756707725969

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Take-Back-Urban-Home-steadings/167527713295518

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-New-Institute-of-Urban-Home-steadings/111203298957032

http://www.facebook.com/HeirloomSkills4SustainableLiving

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Colorado-Springs-Urban-Homesteading/139332762796599

In the Blogosphere:

http://dragonflyhill.wordpress.com/

https://cafeintifada.wordpress.com/

http://kristaandjess.wordpress.com/2011/02/21/urban-homesteaders-urban-homesteading-on-the-urban-homestead/

http://ittybittyfarminthecity.blogspot.com/2011/02/i-am-urban-homesteader.html

http://undermoderated.wordpress.com/2011/02/21/urban-homesteading-2/

http://freshdirt.rtclandscape.com/

http://sustainableslow.blogspot.com/2011/02/slow-living-urban-homesteading.html

http://growandresist.com/2011/02/21/urban-homestead-a-different-kind-of-critique/

http://gaeasboxofrocks.blogspot.com/2011/02/i-am-urban-homesteader-urban.html

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