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Should You Have To Get Permission To Make An American Flag?

This week, U.S. Representatives Hakeem Jeffries and Ted Poe introduced H.R. 3713, a bill that would allow the U.S. federal government to place trademark registration protections on the American flag.

If the government claimed ownership over the trademark rights to the flag, they could require permission, and perhaps the payment of a fee, for anyone [...]

Americans Elect Responds to Delegate Revolt with Rules violation and a Lawsuit Threat

On May 17, the 501c4 corporation Americans Elect announced that it would cancel its planned privatized presidential nomination. Why? Because too few registered voters showed an interest in participating in a system that gave ultimate candidate selection authority to a self-selected corporate board.

Two days later, on May 19, a grassroots-organized and inclusive new group [...]

Americans Elect: It’s a [bloody useless] Trademark Now

In preparation for a launch of its mysterious not-a-party third-party presidential bid in the early months of 2011, Americans Elect has filed a trademark for the phrase “Americans Elect” as well as for a three-stars and two-bars logo design to be distributed on metal key chains.

The graphic trademark is nominally unique, if pretty [...]

Glenburn, Maine Company Attempts to Trademark “Electoral College”

Just yesterday a t-shirt company we make designs for, Skreened, received a threatening letter from ECSA, Inc. Glenburn Maine, founded and apparently still owned by John N. Diamond and Marcia Diamond. You can read the text of the letter here. In it, ECSA uses lawyer Anthony D. Pellegrini of the firm Rudman & Winchell to [...]

Glenburn, Maine Company Attempts to Trademark "Electoral College"

Just yesterday a t-shirt company we make designs for, Skreened, received a threatening letter from ECSA, Inc. Glenburn Maine, founded and apparently still owned by John N. Diamond and Marcia Diamond. You can read the text of the letter here. In it, ECSA uses lawyer Anthony D. Pellegrini of the firm Rudman & Winchell to [...]

When Republicans Try To Hack At the Hydra of Free Speech, Spring Back Manifold

In the past month, the Republican Party has been deploying a cadre of lawyers to eliminate graphic criticism of the Republican Party by demanding the removal of images featuring “GOP,” “Grand Old Party,” “Republican National Committee,” “RNC,” or a Republican elephant. These Republican lawyers are threatening lawsuits out the wazoo, trying to scare people into [...]