© ® ™ This protectionism in quilting has gotten out of hand. What started out as a reasonable effort (and don't get me started on how effective it is - look at all the people who still violate copyright protections!) to 'register and protect' artistic quilt content under United States copyright law has now become a freaking free for all on getting as many stupid symbols behind your Cutsie Pie™ name as possible.
I am sick of seeing these symbols on every single quilty thing I look at. Now™even™normal©quilting™words™and 'commonly used phrases'® have all stupid symbols beside them. GET OFF IT PEOPLE!
And you *&#^*# people who copy protected works and give it to your friends - grow up and respect the designers and their work. STOP STEALING. Then maybe designers, writers, and every other creative genius out there can Cut The Crap™ on this symbol overdose.
3/27/08 - Oh lookeee - Seth Godin agrees with me! http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2008/03/a-dumb-branding.html