Games Workshop versus the Space Marines

We recently stumbled upon the following article on the BBC news website (follow this link) about the latest in the Games Workshop versus The World Intellectual Property battle.  It seems that Games Workshop have wielded their legal muscles again and priced science-fiction author M.C.A. Hogarth out of a legal claim to the term 'Space Marine', claiming that the term (referring to the Warhammer 40K universe) is their property.

It is the opinion of Superdecade Games that the term 'Marine' is a generic term, and 'Space Marine' is simple one of those - but in space!  Are they going to make the same claim over 'Space Pirate'?  What about 'Space Winnebago'?  It would not surprise me if GW one day laid claim to the word 'Wizard'.

Visit Hogarth's website by following this link.