Molt: You let one ant stand up to us, then they all might stand up! Those puny little ants outnumber us a hundred to one and if they ever figure that out there goes our way of life! It's not about food, it's about keeping those ants in line. That's why we're going back! Does anybody else wanna stay?[grasshoppers shocked - all the grasshoppers "rev up" their wings]
Molt: [motioning a fellow grasshopper] He's quite the motivational speaker, isn't he?Hopper: Let's ride!
That's the thing about bullies. They rule by fear. Their power is a facade that is taken away the minute someone stands up to them. In reality they are cowards. The sort of folks that can dish things out but have a big problem taking them. (for a perfect example of bully behavior only look at the way Rosie acted towards Liz Hasselback as soon as Liz stood up to her) We have reached that moment folks with regards to Moveon. Just like all of the ants we also have a chance to stand up all at once and pull away the facade that they have.
Last week it demanded that the site remove eight items, arguing that they violated MoveOn’s merchandising trademarks.
Trademark law doesn’t confer monopoly rights over all uses of a registered phrase or symbol, however, and it wasn’t created simply to protect the trademark owner’s interests. Instead, it’s designed to protect consumers against being misled or confused about brands. The courts have repeatedly ruled in favor of parodies and critiques; that’s why www.famousbrandnamesucks.com doesn’t violate famousbrandname’s trademark. And most, if not all, of the items targeted by MoveOn were clearly designed to razz it, not to trick buyers into thinking they were the group’s products.
Over the weekend, I blogged about the plight of t-shirt vendors at Cafe Press who were served
cease-and-desist letters by the lawyer thugs at MoveOn.org. With the exception of the LA
Times, I have seen no other MSM coverage of MoveOn.org’s bogus copyright infringement threats against the mom-and-pop retailers who have dared to satirize the thin-skinned left-wing mafia.
This story deserves more attention. And the targets of the intimidation campaign deserve your support. I mentioned that one of the targeted retailers, Parsing Poet at The Polistew Cafe, is selling shirts publicizing
MoveOn.org’s efforts to ban his work. He is donating all profits to the National Military Family Association, which sends kids whose parents are deployed to summer camp and helps spouses and children with issues of deployment & school transitions. Parsing Poet would like to send 1,000 kids to camp: