Olive Garden apologizes to AllOfGarden blog, offers $50 gift card

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The person behind the AllOfGarden.com weblog wrote Tuesday that he has been granted a "complete pardon"—as he described it in a four-stanza limerick.

Stated blogger, Vincent "Vino" Malone, is the proprietor of AllOfGarden.com, an internet site that chronicles a quest to eat as a lot Olive Backyard pasta as attainable (by way of the Never Ending Pasta Pass).

Final week, Malone introduced that he had acquired what seemed to be a authorized demand e-mail from Darden, Olive Backyard’s mother or father firm, claiming alleged trademark infringement, as a result of he used the phrase "Olive Backyard" on his web site. Malone ridiculed the demand in a response that he posted publicly, by which he precisely described the idea of "nominative truthful use"—the trademark equal of truthful use in copyright regulation.

In response to a screenshot of an e-mail from Darden, the corporate stated it can "take no additional motion associated to the letter you acquired as long as you proceed to respect our model (that final half was from authorized). :-)"

The corporate additionally provided to ship him a $50 present card and a further "enjoyable shock."

We've got reprinted Malone’s limerick in full under.

As of six thirty-five within the PMs
I've wrapped up my talks with the chieftains
They have been misconstrued;
I am not getting sued
And I needn't write out any ™s

Sure! An official who represents Darden
Has granted me a total pardon
We have reached decision
I acquired absolution
For daring to print "olive backyard"

The supply of the issue was sought
And the sender-offender was caught!
That e-mail was offered
(In case you marvel [as I did])
by a prodigious, litigious spam-bot.

My sole challenge with Authorized's retort
Was the prose of their written report
The demand was particular:
a reply by way of lim'rick
Properly. At the least I am not going to courtroom.

Neither Darden nor Olive Backyard has responded to any of Ars’ requests for remark.

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