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Hosting provider Skyscape is changing its name to UKCloud, following allegations from Sky that it has infringed the broadcaster's registered trademarks. In July 2014, Sky's solicitors wrote to Skyscape alleging that Skyscape was infringing registered trademarks owned by companies within the Sky Group. Sky pointed to the …

  1. Conrad Longmore

    Next on the list..

    Sikorsky?

    They already had a go at No Man's Sky..

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36575684

  2. MJI Silver badge

    A legal cancer

    I hate the company, for many many reason and this is just another reason to add.

  3. wolfetone Silver badge
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    Skyscape change name to UK Cloud

    Gets sued for the use of Cloud by The Cloud - a BSkyB company.

  4. s. pam
    WTF?

    So can I use these names Dad?

    How about I rename my passage to SkyRect, is that OK?

    Or how about I rename my GF to SkyReceiver, is that OK?

    Or can I rename my pet inflatable love toy to SkyPorn?

    Sky is just a word and B.S. like this really gets my pip.

    1. Stuart 22

      Re: So can I use these names Dad?

      EasySky. That is all (tm)

  5. LDS Silver badge

    How much would it stand in a court?

    Sky is a common name like windows (and quite probably mankind created a word for sky before one for windows...). I can't see how they could enforce its use. I'm just sorry MS didn't stand Murdoch claims and brought it to court.

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: How much would it stand in a court?

      " I'm just sorry MS didn't stand Murdoch claims and brought it to court."

      If they'd given it a bit of thought they could have counter-sued on the basis that Sky infringed on Skype.

      1. MJI Silver badge

        Re: How much would it stand in a court?

        When in a legal case you would support MS you know they are dealing with evil.

        1. Dan 55 Silver badge
          Devil

          Re: How much would it stand in a court?

          When in a legal case you would support MS you know they are dealing with evil.

          Why would you need to wait for a legal case to know Murdoch's evil? * link

          * Allegedly.

          1. MJI Silver badge

            Re: How much would it stand in a court?

            But we do know.

      2. Mark Morgan

        Re: How much would it stand in a court?

        "... they [Microsoft] could have counter-sued on the basis that Sky infringed on Skype"

        Other way around, I'm afraid, Sky sued Microsoft over the Sky in Skype and Microsoft lost! That was 2015, not sure what's happening now though as Skype shows not signs of changing its name.

        1. Afernie

          Re: How much would it stand in a court?

          "Other way around, I'm afraid, Sky sued Microsoft over the Sky in Skype and Microsoft lost! That was 2015, not sure what's happening now though as Skype shows not signs of changing its name."

          You may have noticed that Skype is still called Skype and indeed, Lync is now Skype for Business. I think you mean Sky sued Microsoft over Skydrive, which is now Onedrive.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Oh boy are these guys in trouble then

    http://www.sky-cz.com/homepage/

    http://skywalk.info/

  7. 8tpercent

    Oh dear...

    https://skygarden.london/sky-garden

    https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/games/no-mans-sky-ps4/

    http://www.canopyandstars.co.uk/britain/england/northumberland/calvert-trust-kielder/sky-den

    and on and on and on... etc.

  8. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

    Next....

    They'll sue to stop the name Luke Skywalker from being used.

    Sky are the [redacted] kind of [redacted] known to [redacted]

    1. Dan 55 Silver badge

      Re: Next....

      No, because Fox (News Corporation) already owns Luke Skywalker. They've got rights to Episode IV... forever.

  9. Nano nano

    A bit like Stelios trying to claim everything containing "easy" ...?

  10. Nano nano

    What about John Williams' guitar group ?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Or his orchestra.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    April 1st?

    Just checking it's not April Fools Day. This is ridiculous!

  12. Nano nano

    "Above us only xxxxxxUKCloud ...."

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Cowards!

    I use a certain UK host for my personal and business site and they've even told our Canadian government to smeg-off when confronted. Love them!

  14. Version 1.0 Silver badge

    Meanwhile in Scotland

    I assume that the Isle of Skye will have to change it's name too?

  15. Eponymous Cowherd
    Coat

    Meanwhile in Iceland

    Skyr

    But, but, but, we pronounce it "skeeer"....

    Doesn't matter, says Sky. It conflicts with the name of our new channel showing pirate movies, Sky Arrrr.

  16. Unep Eurobats
    Terminator

    My consultancy

    ... has recently been in talks with Steve Bong to rebrand that blue thing above our heads as WorldRoof™.

    1. Nigel 13

      Re: My consultancy

      WorldRoof. I like it. It sounds a bit indo-europeany.

  17. Slx

    Skynet will have to send a team of T1000s back to the 1980s to sort it all out.

  18. scrubber

    SkySkySky

    Dear Sky,

    Skyfuck Skyoff you Skyfucking Skybastards.

    But I do like the sound if Skycunts.

  19. Walter Bishop Silver badge

    How about Cielo Drive

    When in doubt you could always try a variant on a foreign language as in 'Cielo Drive'

    1. LDS Silver badge

      Re: How about Cielo Drive

      Sky uses Cielo already in Italy as the name of its DVB-T channel <G>. Maybe one day here Murdoch will sue the Pope for the exclusive rights to it (in Italian "cielo" also means "heavens").

  20. MJI Silver badge

    Why don't MS just shut down Sky?

    As they actually have so much money*, surely they could find a way to bankrupt Sky, or even better News International.

    * I am including Bill Gates worth as well.

  21. Smoking Gun

    I hate this world. I don't think I will hear a more ridiculous thing for the remainder of 2016.

    So anything with Sky in it's name is an infringement? Is anything with Cloud in the name an infringement?

  22. Dwarf Silver badge

    Now what?

    So. what are we supposed to say when we look out of our Windows (tm) and stare up to the lovely blue Sky (tm)

    In both cases, there is plenty of prior art of standard dictionary words before the legal cancer get hold of the idea its exclusively theirs.

    Sounds to me like the patents and trademarks world needs a complete reboot with a good dose of common sense applied.

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