There was an article in today's paper about the copyright of common English phrases. Guess this will be a ground setting battle:

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>The foundation set up in the name of Sept. 11 hero Todd Beamer is racing to trademark his last words -- "Let's roll" -- and ensure any money made from the phrase goes to the victims' families.

The race could eventually lead to a legal battle over whether someone can claim exclusive use over a common expression.

Boston-based patent attorney Tom Holt said he does not believe a trademark on "Let's roll!" would survive a court challenge.

Holt, who is not connected to the dispute, said it is difficult to get legal control of a phrase that many people used before...

"You can't seek to appropriate for your own use words plucked out of the dictionary," he said. "While the words 'Let's roll' have taken on a very profound significance, I don't think trademark protection will be given to that phrase."


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