Real Name ™

In the category of ‘intellectual property claims that absolutely blow my mind’, Amazon has trademarked… ‘Real Name’. That’s right, whenever you use the two words ‘Real Name’ in e-commerce to indicate that you have verified that someone’s online name is in fact their real name, that is a trademark violation.

In a fit of civil disobedience, I will note that I have seen Jeff Waugh’s passport and can verify that Jeff Waugh is in fact his Real Name.