Disney files trademark for "Seal Team 6;" possibly for "Killing bin Laden" snow globes, Christmas ornaments

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31 Responses to “Disney files trademark for "Seal Team 6;" possibly for "Killing bin Laden" snow globes, Christmas ornaments”

  1. oedrex1 says:

    I don’t believe you can trademark Government entities.

    • Boba Fett Diop says:

      Technically, the government officially denies the existence of SEAL Team 6, as with Delta and other Tier One JSOC assets.

  2. Recluse says:

    In my fantasies, Disney execs are woken up in the middle of the night by scary guys in black balaclavas with MP5′s who gently advise them that trademarking the name of an elite counter-terrorist unit isn’t a good idea.

    But I also have fantasies about responsible government which aren’t coming true either…certainly not any sooner than the ones with the 20 year old twins and the whipped cream…

  3. RedShirt77 says:

    Isn’t “Seal Team 6″ the intellectual property of the US navy?

    And if these guys get declassified and want to write a book, how much do they have to pay Disney for the rights to their own heroism?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Look daddy, I’m killing people in cold blood too!

  5. Baldhead says:

    “Seal Team 6″ is a nickname, not the official name of the unit, which is as secret as the names of any of the individuals who make up the unit. As for intellectual property… trademark and IP aren’t exactly the same. You can come up with something but not trademark it and wind up losing out on millions (look up the trademark story for the smiley face)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Umm… Wouldn’t the Seal Team 6 name already be the property of Seal Team 6? Why doesn’t Disney copyright the name Supreme Court or IRS?

  7. AirPillo says:

    Oh fuck Disney so much.

    They’re capable of actually thinking for themselves, why does so much of their empire revolve around parking their ass on something they don’t own and claiming it’s theirs?

  8. semiotix says:

    I don’t know about seals–Disney doesn’t have any noteworthy seal characters that I’m aware of. But you have to admit, suitably fictionalized for children, it would make a pretty great DuckTales episode.

    It’d go like this. Flintheart Glomgold (a bearded evildoer) has stolen Scrooge’s lucky dime and is holed up in his castle keep. A daring rescue mission ensues, but trouble strikes when Launchpad McQuack, in classic bumbling-sidekick fashion, crashes the helicopter! Etc. etc. Bob Iger, if you’re reading this and want me to flesh it out to a full script treatment, you have my number.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I couldn’t work out what the embroidered badge was supposed to be of so I compared it to the metal cap badge.Didn’t anyone check the design before they had it made up? They left the eagle’s head off.

  10. Rob Cruickshank says:

    Disney knew what they were doing when they bought Marvel. They needed Silly Seal for a mission. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziggy_Pig_and_Silly_Seal

  11. Anonymous says:

    Disney is a trademark and copyright powerhouse. They licensed the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and enforce trademark infringements on behalf of the Canadian (er, Harper) Goverment (actually this was enacted years before the Harper Gov’t took power.)

    http://www.mountieshop.com/new/about_the_foundation.asp

    Of course it’s all good in the end, and all that licensing moolah goes to charitable organizations.

  12. bonnie snarko says:

    This is probably pretty close to what Disney plans to do with it:

    http://www.disneydispatch.com/content/tidings/2011/disney-presents-seal-pals-6

    It’s also hysterically funny…

  13. Anonymous says:

    The name should be in the public domain – Disney has no more claim to it than anyone else.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I have to say that this is in poor taste. Is there nothing this Corporate monster will try and control?.

  15. EscapingTheTrunk says:

    As someone who’s watched the “Spirited Away” commentary far too many times, let me tell you: sometimes WED employees don’t know that there are multiple meanings for the word “seal.”

  16. Mister44 says:

    Fun fact:

    During WWII Disney made logos and mascots for various military entities. These ranged from patch and nose cone art, to silk screened prints for ships, battalions, etc.

    My grandpa was on the USS Altman, which was a transport ship from Europe to the Pacific. He had a print with Donald the sailor, rowing Pluto dressed as a GI in boat with a sign to Tokyo floating in the water. The ship number was on the rowboat. Really neat stuff.

    Underwater Demolition Team was the precursor to the SEALs, and while I don’t know exactly where their patch designs come from, it is possible Disney originally did some of them.

  17. Rotwang says:

    Can we expect an Assassination Island ride?

  18. yosemite says:

    So when can we expect the new Disney movie “Seal Team 6: Osama Bin Bye-Bye!”, where a 6-pack of fun-loving animated seals travel to Pakistan to track down the wacky terrorist. When things get hairy, the newly betrothed prince and princess of Wales swoop in to help Seal Team 6 save the day!

    Hi-jinks! Burkas! Porn? Uh, maybe not.

  19. phisrow says:

    I, for one, am wishing for mind-bleach after imagining the horror that would be a slapstick cartoon comedy piece starring Goofy as the heroic SEAL K9.(Perhaps they could get the cast of middle-eastern stereotypes who have been unemployed since Aladdin to play the unthreatening comic villains…)

  20. taj1f says:

    I’m seeing cgi harbor seals, going after the terrorists who clubbed the widdle baby seals at the Central Park Zoo! And then, after the terrorists are beat, they’ll expand their operations and go after the Russians!

    What Would Walt Do? What would Marlon Perkins do?

    Cash in!

  21. Anonymous says:

    I remember how popular the Waffen SS amusement park in Berlin was way back when.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Prior Art:

    Richard Marchinko. Doesn’t that invalidate the trademark?

    RGB

  23. Anonymous says:

    When this story popped up, I was thinking of this:

    “MOOOOOM! The brothers are going to an Arabian country on a motorized hanglider THEY built!”

  24. redesigned says:

    Disney, you suck. full stop.

  25. randomguy says:

    Freedom isn’t free, it costs folks like you and me. And if we don’t all chip in we’ll never pay that bill. Freedom isn’t free, there’s a hefty fuckin’ fee (for trademark infringement). And if you don’t throw in your buck o’ five, who will?

  26. Samurai Gratz says:

    taj is right. This is totally a grab for the name so they can do a silly slapstick team of trained seals (animals) going on missions for Amurica, I guarantee it. Like those stupid movies where talking RL dogs go into space. LAME.

  27. Maggie Koerth-Baker says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who immediately assumed that Disney’s Seal Team 6 was going to be made up of harbor seals.

    $5 says one of them will be wearing aviator glasses and chomping on a cigar.

  28. poolaka says:

    9/11 – Never Forget…Our profit margins!

  29. Wickedashtray says:

    NOVALOGIC…..lol.

    The game was supposed to be out 6 years ago. no one knows if they’re even in business anymore. They had huge success with several games and squandered every cent they made.

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