That said, I don’t come away from this empty-handed. I forced AETN, acting as they claim on behalf of Scott Wolter, into a strategic concession. They admit that neither they nor Wolter own or can own the variant A rune design: “We agree that the ‘hooked X’ letter is in the public domain for all to use.” That will therefore end any attempt to assert control over the design of the variant A rune (beyond the word mark for the exact phrase “Hooked X®”) in any medium, forever. To celebrate, you can all scrawl runes all over every available surface.
Since AETN and Scott Wolter admit that the variant A rune is public domain, I decided to make use of my right, conceded by AETN, to use the design as I see fit in any category except book covers. So, this morning I launched a clothing store (seriously), and I am now first-in-category to offer variant A rune (not “Hooked X®”) clothing and accessory designs! Since these designs use a public domain letter and make no reference to any product or mark owned by Scott Wolter or AETN, nor are represented as relating to such products or works, there’s nothing they can do about it. So, please enjoy a range of t-shirts, mugs, iPhone covers, and whatever else I have time to slap together. I’ll be expanding the merchandise listings as I have time and as it amuses me.
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