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Trademarks and Free Speech

August 8, 2007 by

The chilling effect of copyright law on free speech is well known; but it’s not the only IP law that affects free speech. Jindal campaign to keep passing out ‘Tigers’ sticker reports that Congressman Bobby Jindal, the popular Indian-American Republican candidate for Louisiana governor (he’ll probably win–he lost last time to dem’rat Kathleen “Katrina effup” Babineaux, because of the minority and woman vote), has some supporters who are also LSU graduates or fans. Thus, the popularity of purple and gold “Tigers for Jindal” bumper stickers. Now LSU is whining, objecting to “the combination of the word ‘tigers’ and the purple and gold.” Ridiculous. It doesn’t violate anyone’s rights for an LSU fan to call himself a “tiger” or to use whatever the hell color they want to on a bumper sticker.

The story also reports that LSU has objected in the past to “purple and gold confederate flags.” “In that case … the university told flag vendors and other companies authorized to use LSU’s mark that the use of the colors with the confederate symbol was not condoned.” Too bad I never donate to a public school, so I can’t stop donating.


Person August 8, 2007 at 3:37 pm

I don’t belieeeeve in IP, man. Information isn’t real property, man. Property is something you can touch. Sometime you can feel in your hand. Something you can love. If you can’t hold it in the palm of your hand, it isn’t property, man.

*does bong hit*

Brent August 8, 2007 at 3:52 pm

So Person believes someone owns the color purple, the color gold, the name tigers, or *the idea* of the combination of any of the above.

scott August 8, 2007 at 7:30 pm

The Rocket Bong features a design that allows you to fold up your bong so it’s small enough to fit into your pocket or kept out of the way. Following on from a previous similar product that broke the mould, the Rocket bong is made from less expensive materials and is a much more of a bargain.

The ingenious design allows the bong to expand from just 3.5cm to a whopping 23cm with one simple movement.


fer’out man

Fred Mann August 8, 2007 at 8:06 pm

“The ingenious design allows the bong to expand from just 3.5cm to a whopping 23cm with one simple movement.”

The guy who owns “things shaped like cones” is gonna be pissed.

Brainpolice August 8, 2007 at 7:37 pm

Bong hits for the abolition of intellectual property laws!

*burble burble*

Kevin B August 9, 2007 at 5:44 pm

Fred Mann: ‘The guy who owns “things shaped like cones” is gonna be pissed.’


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