Over at Vanity Fair, blogger Juli Weiner is wondering whence cometh the title of Bristol Palin’s new memoir, “Not Afraid of Life.” Wiener writes that the book’s name is:
“…just one word off from the Ramones song, ‘I’m Not Afraid of Life’…The title could also be a reference to the William James epigram ‘Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.'”
Oooooor, in this blogger’s humble opinion, the title could also be a beat-you-over-the-head reference to something else…something like, say, a movement that thinks it has sole dominion over the very word “life” itself.
At any rate, what’s more interesting to me about Weiner’s post is that each time she uses Palin’s name, it’s followed by this sign: ®, which is, of course, the universal symbol for trademark, which means that Bristol Palin (and, possibly, Sarah Palin as well) has successfully trademarked her name.
According to ABC News:
“Bristol Palin wants to trademark her name for ‘educational and entertainment services, namely, providing motivational speaking services in the field of life choices,’ according to the application filed.”
But if Vanity Fair is using the trademark sign, does this mean that anyone who ever talks about Bristol ever again has to do the same? Can she sue people who review her memoir negatively? Or anyone who reviews it at all? Can Bristol Palin now sue me?