ACS sues Google for trademark infringement

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 14:24:15 +0000

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    ACS Chemical & Engineering News Editorial: "The Open-Access Myth" (2004)

    "Royal Society of Chemistry is Now Green (Green reaches 92%)"

    "Are Chemical Journals Too Expensive and Inaccessible?"

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    "American Psychological Association (APA) and Open Access"
> the story on the Chemical and Engineering News site:
> [and] today's online Chronicle of Higher Education, for those who have a
> subscription.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) should (and will) be ashamed of
itself, forgetting it is a Scholarly Society and acting for all the
world like just another corporate bottom-feeder, trying to squeeze the
most revenue out of the leastmost commodity ("branding"). They might as
well be peddling hog-bellies, or H2O rights in Bolivia.

Fear not. The bottom line is not the scruple-free conduct of its handsomely
paid executives and legal staff
but the ACS membership (and history itself), which will hold ACS
accountable if it continues down this solipsistic, sociopathic path
instead of doing what scholarly societies are meant to do.

Meanwhile, it would be fun if the various other "X Scholar" entities took
out a class action suit against ACS's "SciFinder Scholar"...

Eligible candidates include:

    American Scholar
    Black Scholar
    Zetetic Scholar

Stevan Harnad
Chaire de recherche du Canada
Centre de neuroscience de la cognition (CNC)
Université du Québec à Montréal
Montréal, Québec, Canada H3C 3P8
tel: 1-514-987-3000 2461#
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