Spam, the nation’s largest bulk e-mail company insists, is not necessarily canned meat.
Lawyers for Hormel Foods Corp., distributors of the famous canned meat product, have asked Cyber Promotions Inc. to stop using the name Spam.
Spam is slang for the practice of sending commercial e-mail in bulk. Cyber Promotions founder Sanford Wallace, sometimes known as “Spamford,” said the company will continue using the word on its Internet site.
“The term ‘spam’ is part of the vocabulary of 25 million Internet users,” said Wallace, who doubts it would be confused with the food.
Last year, a federal court in New York rejected Hormel’s trademark infringement case against Jim Henson Productions for calling a pig-like muppet “Spa’am” in a recent movie.
Wallace believes Spam became slang with a skit from the British comedy group, Monty Python’s Flying Circus. In that skit, the word is repeated until one of the actors is driven crazy, he said.
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