Luke Strand of the Holy Family
Parish in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, has a pretty interesting
ride. He drives around town in a black Volkswagen Beetle with a
logo featuring the phrase "God Squad" emblazoned on it.
That logo and the vehicle itself bear a striking similarity to the
mobile service vehicles of Best
Buy's service team, the Geek Squad.Apparently, Best Buy
isn't pleased with its look being appropriated by this man of the
cloth. Lawyers for the electronics retailer sent Father
cease-and-desist letter telling him to ditch the logo or
face consequences. Father Strand mentioned the
letter at his Sunday Mass.Speaking to the Fond
du Lac Reporter,
Father Strand defended the logo. He says he uses the logo as a
creative way to spur discussions and bring his faith to the
community.Best Buy told reporters for the Milwaukee
Journal Sentinel that
while it appreciates Father Strand's sentiments, it cannot stand by
and watch its trademarks be violated.The legal dispute
revives a long ongoing question of just how much ownership to an icon
a company can claim. Apple, Inc., for example, has been
particularly zealous in legally assailing those who supposedly
violated its trademark. From New
York City to music
festivals, anyone who used the logo of an Apple -- or
particularly a logo of an Apple with a bite out of it -- was hit with
lawsuits or cease-and-desist letters.
argue that companies are taking trademark enforcement to far;
corporate lawyers would obviously disagree.
quote: Religion > BestBuyI guess BestBuy cant tarnish its image with anything that serves the greater good of humanity. That I could believe would be the basis of the suit.
quote: The Catholic Church has done many things I'm sure it is not now proud of doing and supporting.
quote: Priests in Africa teach that condoms spread HIV to their unfortunatly illiterate parishoners. How many millions are dead or dying due to this?
quote: There is plenty that the Catholics and other Christian organizations have to answer for.
quote: And thats before we even get into India where the atrocities are horrendous(look up the Baptist Church of Tripura),
quote: And before you accuse me of being Atheist
quote: Archbishop Chimoio told our reporter that abstention, not condoms, was the best way to fight HIV/Aids."Condoms are not sure because I know that there are two countries in Europe, they are making condoms with the virus on purpose," he alleged, refusing to name the countries."They want to finish with the African people. This is the programme. They want to colonise until up to now. If we are not careful we will finish in one century's time."
quote: Nagmanlal Halam, secretary of the Noapara Baptist Church in Tripura, was arrested late on Monday with a large quantity of explosives.Mr Sarkar said that allegations about the close links between the state's Baptist Church and the rebel National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) have long been made by political parties and police.Now for the first time, he said, hard evidence supporting the allegations had been found.
quote: 1“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.3“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
quote: the Catholic Church played a leading role in sponsoring the 1992 peace deal that ended a 16-year civil war.
quote: So you concede my points
quote: When the Catholic church starts going around blowing up buildings and beheading people, then you give me a call.
quote: The Catholic Church has no tarnish in its history.
quote: there is not a single solitary example of ANY organization that has grown to any degree of power that has not abused that authority
quote: Unlike Copyrights and Patents, Trademarks can be lost if you don't bother to protect them
quote: Trademark attorney Michael G. Atkins of Seattle said legal parodies of commercial trademarks are protected under the First Amendment, but such religious products generally don't fall into that category. "You could take Microsoft and change their logo around to make fun of Microsoft, and that would be legal," he said. "But I can't use the Microsoft logo to promote my Christian theme because there's no real connection there. That's illegal."