TiVo’s TM noises spotted in recent episode of DuckTales (2017 revival)

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  1. EpixAndroid

    EpixAndroid New Member

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    Newbie here, first post!
    Skip to the 26 second mark, and you’ll hear a very familiar noise:

    I’ve never seen the full episode in question, just this YouTube clip. As far as I am concerned, TiVo has trademarked those very familiar noises. To cut to the chase, the US Patent and Trademark Office’s website has a list of “Sound Marks” on their website. Scroll towards the bottom (7th or 8th down), and TiVo’s examples are there.
    Trademark "Sound Mark" Examples | USPTO
     
  2. mattyro7878

    mattyro7878 Well-Known Member

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    cool. The Simpsons have showcased Tivo as well as others.
     
  3. Series3Sub

    Series3Sub Well-Known Member

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    Have those patents for the TiVo "bedoops" expired. Disney is very copyright conscience itself, it would be suprising if Disney used it without clearance. Of course, the producers may have not infomed Disney, or the people who Audition all content before it can be aired may never have heard the distinct TiVo sound effects, and let this episode clear to air.
     
  4. coopertwist

    coopertwist New Member

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    I think you all have been in isolation for too long.
     
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  5. EpixAndroid

    EpixAndroid New Member

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    I’m going to post this on Twitter of the executive producers, because the last thing I want is Disney’s legal department getting a CaD order from them (although I doubt it’ll happen).
     
  6. morac

    morac Cat God TCF Club

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    You can’t patent a sound. Tivo can trademark their thumbs up sound, but considering a company needs to actively use something to keep the trademark and Tivo got rid of their thumbs up and down mechanism in their latest software, they’ve probably lost the trademark by now.

    Even if Tivo still has the trademark, Disney isn’t making a claim on the sound.

    Basically there’s a near zero chance of liability.
     
  7. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Thumbs still work on TE3 and for those of us continuing to use it. :)
     
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    EpixAndroid New Member

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    I said trademarked, not patented. You can also trademark a scent, just like Crayola recently did with their crayons.
     
  9. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    (Just as a matter of usage, and to impress your lawyer friends:

    You don't "trademark" or "copyright" something--you get trademark and copyright rights automatically (to the extent you qualify). Instead, you apply for the registration of your trademark or copyright (the former at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or with a state office, and the latter with the U.S. Copyright Office), which also gives you extra rights once a registration issues.

    :))
     
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