Moveondotorg can go suck eggs. Seems they have their pee-stained panties in a bunch over some bloggers using their logo on merchandize that mocks the George Soros-funded organization. From Michelle Malkin:
Earlier in the week, the LA Times reported that MoveOn.org, the infamous left-wing thugs who sponsored the “General Betray Us” ads, had unleashed its lawyers on Internet retailer Cafe Press, which allows folks to sell custom-designed t-shirts, bumper stickers, etc. The anti-military smear merchants don’t take kindly to be being mocked and satirized on homemade items and knick-knacks:
Last week it demanded that the site remove eight items, arguing that they violated MoveOn’s merchandising trademarks.
Trademark law doesn’t confer monopoly rights over all uses of a registered phrase or symbol, however, and it wasn’t created simply to protect the trademark owner’s interests. Instead, it’s designed to protect consumers against being misled or confused about brands. The courts have repeatedly ruled in favor of parodies and critiques; that’s why www.famousbrandnamesucks.com doesn’t violate famousbrandname’s trademark. And most, if not all, of the items targeted by MoveOn were clearly designed to razz it, not to trick buyers into thinking they were the group’s products.
Here is the demand from the pansies at moveondotorg:
Subject: Notification of Trademark Infringement
Attn: Candice Carr
Intellectual Property Rights Agent
950 Tower LaneSuite 600
Foster City, CA 94404
Dear Ms. Carr,
I am contacting you as the representative of MoveOn.org, and therefore the trademark owned as “MoveOn.org” We have been alerted to an entire page of items on your website that infringes on our registered trademark, and we request that you remove all items immediately, and ask the poster to refrain from shipping any items purchased on this webpage.
We also request that you give us contact information for the company / person who posted the items
so we can threaten them too. This content has certainly NOT been authorized by anyone at MoveOn.org, nor anyone affiliated with MoveOn.
As Michelle would say...Boo Freakin' Hoo. What a bunch of wusses. This is the group that took out a full-page ad in the NY Times to mock a 4-star general. That kind of political mockery is OK with them, but they sure do wet their panties when someone gives them a taste of their own medicine:
Wanna stick it up moveondotorg's ass? Go buy a t-shirt or a mug, here. Read the rest of Michelle's post here. Feel free to send Carrie at moveondotorg a friendly "screw you" email...her email address is above in her threatening letter.