On November 28, 2007, social networking news site Fark.com filed to protect the trademark Not safe for work in relation to “entertainment services, namely, providing a website featuring photographic, audio, video and prose presentations featuring comedic captions regarding current events and online discussions and/or reviews of web materials of an adult nature”.
The phrase “not safe for work” (NSFW) refers to the tag used to mark URLs or hyperlinks that may be sexually explicit or include audio that contains profanity, so that individuals making personal use of the Internet at workplaces or schools can avoid sexually explicit images and questionable content.
Drew is pretty bold registering this trademark. Here are a few of the sites using the phrases “not safe for work” and “NSFW” that might have something to say about this development:
…not to mention all the sites using the tag “not safe for work” to identify explicit videos, images and questionable material. Mork suspects it might be a little difficult to protect and enforce this mark. Humor and lawsuits ensue.
Read more: Gizmodo - Fark Attempts to Trademark NSFW
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On January 16, 2010, a dubious Delaware-based company called IP Application Development LLC filed to protect the trademark .
On February 18, 2008, media and entertainment giant Disney Enterprises, Inc.
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Update: Well, that was a short-lived rumor.