[UPDATED] Pasadena's Dervaes Family Trademarks the Terms 'Urban Homestead' and 'Urban Homesteading,' Now Cracking Down on Bloggers

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The issue is starting to rile up urban homesteaders, and the Dervaeses are already equipped for haters--but with rather ridiculous logic. On their website, they answer critics by claiming they're actually saving the term from evil capitalists. "You tell us. . . . Who would you rather own the trademarks? Us or a big business corporation?"

And for you bloggers who want to use the terms as a noun or a verb? According to their website:

If you aren't using it to make money and are simply documenting your life or sharing your information, this would only require that you update your websites and articles to properly cite our works and properly acknowledge if used. When using these trademarked terms, the proper way to go about it is as follows:

Proper trademark usage should include the proper trademark notice [®], use the protected phrase in all capital letters, and note in close proximity that the term is a protected trademark of Dervaes Institute.

Real from-the-land there, Dervaeses. Tools.

The term "urban homestead" has been documented in newspaper reports since at least the 1980s.

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