We have been following the runaway trademark and copyright laws with common phrases, symbols, and images being claimed as private property. (here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here). Now New Orleans Hornets Draft pick Anthony Davis is moving to trademark his unibrow signature phrases like “Fear the Brow” and “Raise the Brow.” To avoid one of the thuggish firms enforcing these claims, I am showing what I hope to be an unprotected unibrow.
Davis explained “I don’t want anyone to try to grow a unibrow because of me and then try to make money off of it. Me and my family decided to trademark it because it’s very unique.”
When he played for Kentucky, school attorneys sent out “half a dozen cease-and-desist letters” to protect the rights to “the brow.” Previously, The Blue Zone store trademarked the phrase “Fear The Brow” early in Kentucky’s basketball season.
As ridiculous as these stories may seem, it is far more ridiculous that we have laws allowing such claims. They are the result of a Congress that yields immediately to the demands of lobbyists from industry who demand ever expanding protections.