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Best Buy is threatening to sue a Catholic priest over his Beetle that reads "God Squad". Best Buy claims that violates its Geek Squad trademark.  (Source: Flickr)
Best Buy accuses Catholic Priest of violating its trademark and Geek Squad look

Father 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 Strand a 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. 

Some argue that companies are taking trademark enforcement to far; corporate lawyers would obviously disagree.

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By Noya on 8/16/2010 4:18:14 PM , Rating: 1
I despise religion and Best Buy.

This just shows that church freaks think they should get special rights AND the greed of a big corporation.

RE: Good...
By Quadrillity on 8/16/2010 4:24:10 PM , Rating: 2
Church freaks?

I have a serious problem with people like you. All you can do is go around bashing everything that you don't agree with. I'm sure you are probably a racist too...

RE: Good...
By Major HooHaa on 8/20/2010 1:18:19 PM , Rating: 2
The God Squad? Sounds like some religious crime fighting unit.
To Quote Monty Python "It's the Bishop!"

You Tube: Monty Python, The Bishop.

RE: Good...
By Zoridon on 8/17/2010 3:08:35 AM , Rating: 2
Hey thats a good one. I notice church freak is thrown around as a blanket statement by those that hate religion or a particular religion. I think I'll steal your trademark and call you a "Godless Freak" Now we have a level playing field. For now on if you have anything negative to say about religion no matter who you are your a "Godless Freak". How does the broad brush treatment feel freak?

RE: Good...
By mindless1 on 8/17/2010 12:15:04 PM , Rating: 2
What if, instead of stooping to his/her level, we pity the anti-social miscreant for causing his/her own unhappiness?

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