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Kingsleys unleash ire of independent author community with Rebellion trademark

But CEO Jason Kingsley assures that 'Rebellion' will only be used for relevant services, is investigating 'overreaching' application

The Kingsley brothers and their long-running UK games firm Rebellion faced a backlash via social media last night over their attempts to trademark their brand.

Their application to the United States Patent & Trademark Office to protect the word 'Rebellion' has been successful and is due to be published on May 15th, unless there is significant opposition.

That opposition may come from a plethora of independent authors, who took to Twitter last night behind the hashtag #RebellionGate to complain about how broad the Kingsleys' application appears to be. As it stands, the trademark seemingly prevents these (or any) authors from using the term 'Rebellion' in the title of their books.

Within the list of goods and services protected, Rebellion has understandably specified businesses in which it already operates, including video games, virtual reality, downloadable software and a myriad of variations for those terms.

However, it also includes some odd inclusions such as for global positioning systems, music composition software, cinematic films, household and kitchen utensils, combs and sponges, unworked or semi-worked glass (except building glass), egg cups, household linen, and Christmas tree decorations.

Of more concern to authors is the protection of Rebellion-branded books, magazines and other publications, across both print and digital. This has been deemed as a similar move by writer Faleena Hopkins, who tried to claim the word 'Cocky' for all romance novels earlier this year - a move that provoked outcry across that industry.