Monday, August 16, 2010

Best Buy v. The Catholic Church

Another perk of being a church: you can break all kinds of trademark laws, and then when they are brought to you attention, you can act indignant. Father Luke Strand of Fond du Lac, WI has done just that. He has a black VW Beetle with the logo “God Squad” printed on the side of it.

However, this is America. Do you think a major corporation like Best Buy is going to stand idly by while some priest uses their logo without their permission? Hell no!

The priest at Holy Family Parish in Fond du Lac is the recipient of a cease-and-desist letter that came from Best Buy's corporate offices concerning his "God Squad" vehicle.

As they should. Any corporation would do the same thing if anyone was trying to violate their trademark rights.

She [Paula Baldwin] went on to say in an e-mail to the Journal Sentinel: "This was a really difficult thing for us to do because we appreciate what Father Strand is trying to accomplish with his mission. But at the end of the day, it's bad precedent to let some groups violate our trademark while pursuing others."

Well, they are doing more for this priest than they would for anyone else. I suppose now we just sit back and wait for the cries of religious oppression.

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