Remember that story (which turned out to be apocryphal — damn you, Snopes!) about former President George W. Bush claiming the French didn’t have a word for “entrepreneur?” Well, if one business magazine has its way, Americans won’t have one either. Or, at least, not one they could name a business with.
Entrepreneur Media, which publishes a magazine about entrepreneurs called Entrepreneur’s StartUps, is suing Marylander Janice McLean Deloatch over the name of her decade-old public access television show which offers advice for entrepreneurs: The Entrepreneur’s Edge.
The craziest thing is that the court sided with Entrepreneur Media.
It’s not crazy because “entrepreneur” is word in common use. As Hank Boyd — who co-chairs the marketing department at University of Maryland, College Park — told the Baltimore Sun: “Think of Time magazine. We all use the word ‘time’ every day in conversation. When you think of the brand of Time, they own it.” Fair.
But Time isn’t a magazine that literally reports on time; and it’s not like they’re sending cease-and-desist orders to the cartoon Adventure Time.