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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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RE: Definitely a copy...
By Zoridon on 8/17/2010 3:03:55 AM , Rating: 2
Have you ever taken the time to run the numbers to determin what percentage of catholic priest are guilty of child molestation? Nooooo that would require yet another leftist to actually think before they post. Its far easier to take cheap shots at a religion. Your pathetic.


RE: Definitely a copy...
By Reflex on 8/17/2010 4:21:47 AM , Rating: 2
What does being left or right have to do with it? While I agree that its possible that child molestation is no higher among the ranks of priests than it is among the general population(I doubt this, but say its true), that does nothing to change the fact that the church heiarchy wish complicit in the act by refusing to notify authorities and transferring priests to new locations where they could rape some more. Even the current pope was involved in this tragedy.


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