Archsage wrote:But I still wonder if my original stance on the term is more appropriate. Does all "novelas" have to be hispanic? Can a "pizza" be made in America, or do we have to call it cheese-sauce-and-bread? Is it erroneous to use words that come from another language to attribute to concepts or entities here? I guess we can't call it deja vu anymore? Or a coup d'etat? I suppose it would be wrong to mention anything that is not Asian a dynasty? Anyone who is not European a King?
There are several national and regional industries that fight very strongly through international trade agreements to have products they make only be called their name if it comes from their geographical area. The French region of Champagne have fought successfully since the Treaty of Madrid in 1891 to make sure that any Champagne-style alcoholic beverage not from Champagne be called Sparkling White Wine. In most countries, their right is protected. Several cheeses also have their name protected. Cheddar is the name of a town in England where the cheese was first made, but they do not have naming rights to their style of cheese (nor does Switzerland to Swiss cheese), but Stilton cheese and Swaledale cheese do. Kobe beef has a protected designation of origin status within Japan, it has to be from black Tajima-ushi breed of Wagyū cattle, raised according to strict tradition in Hyōgo Prefecture, but not within the US. The Kobe beef industry had worked very hard for many years to make the name 'Kobe' mean something, so that the name carried value with it. In the US, once word got out that Kobe beef was considered the best beef in the world, tons of US beef producers just started calling their beef, that is far cheaper to produce, 'Kobe', and the value of that label is basically meaningless in the US.
So yes, there is good reason that a geographical region would want their terminology to have protected status. The word 'Anime' does not have any legal protected status, but you were attacking the principle that their should be geographical naming protection, be it legally or in common usage. The idea that it is ethnocentric...well, I think you are wildly misusing that term.