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19 December 2008 @ 11:21 am
Okay, it probably only means other package delivery services, but WTF?  
"© 2008 United Parcel Service of America, Inc. UPS, the UPS brandmark, and the color brown are trademarks of United Parcel Service of America, Inc. All rights reserved." [emphasis added]
Franklin Veauxtacit on December 19th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
It's important to understand the difference between copyright and trademark. They're totally separate things, handled by different laws and different oversight (trademarks are administered by the Patent and Trademark Office in the US, not by the Copyright Office).

You can not copyright a word, phrase, expression, or color. You can trademark these things, but a trademark applies only to a specific trade. Caterpillar has trademarked their shade of yellow, but the trademark applies only to the construction equipment manufacturer trade. Toy makers, tax consultants, dentists, computer makers, and anyone else not in the business of making construction equipment can use Caterpillar yellow however they like.