After decades in the business, Meryl Streep has realized that it’s quite nice to be Meryl Streep.
And why not cash in on that? Or rather, prevent other people from doing so. According to TMZ, Streep has made the charming move of filing a trademark to protect her name:
Streep filed an application with the U.S. Trademark Office, asking for a monopoly on the use of her name when it comes to entertainment services, including “live, televised, and movie appearances by a professional actress and entertainer.”
The application goes on to cover public speaking engagements, autograph signings and websites related to motion pictures.
How sweet. The application dates Streep’s earliest pre-Oscar entertainment gig doing voiceover for Everybody Rides the Carousel in 1975. It’s about time she claimed her brand. After all, her name is her name.