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Obama brand protection: Copyrights
The Swamp ^ | 1-30-09 | Mark Silva

Posted on 01/31/2009 8:33:47 AM PST by STARWISE

"Yes we can,'' the Obama campaign proclaimed. "No you can't,'' says the Obama White House of the varied attempts to cash in on the brand Obama built. Or maybe they can, or can't. The lawyers are looking into it, Bloomberg News reports"

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President-elect Barack Obama has created his own brand - represented both by the iconic images of the candidate who campaigned for "change'' and by the "Yes we can'' and "Change We Can Believe in" slogans generated by that campaign.

Now the Obama White House, mindful of the "worldwide fascination'' about his election, First Amendment free-speech rights and ready access to video and photographs on the World Wide Web, is looking at ways to protect the brand, Julianna Goldman at Bloomberg News reports.

"White House lawyers want to control the use of the president's image,'' she reports.

"Our lawyers are working on developing a policy that will protect the presidential image while being careful not to squelch the overwhelming enthusiasm that the public has for the president," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told Bloomberg.

(Excerpt) Read more at swamppolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho44; copyright; copyrights; fairuse; freepun; humor; image; intellectualproperty; marketing; obama; obamatruthfile; parody; publicdomain; trinkets
Now that they have more White House lawyers than probably any other admin (est. 23), I'm sure they'll be kept very busy with a frightening number of issues.


1 posted on 01/31/2009 8:33:48 AM PST by STARWISE
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To: penelopesire; BulletBobCo; seekthetruth; Kevmo; gunnyg; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; BP2; ...

~~PING!


2 posted on 01/31/2009 8:34:35 AM PST by STARWISE ( They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter))
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To: STARWISE
Barack Obama Urinal Target

3 posted on 01/31/2009 8:36:56 AM PST by BenLurkin (Mornie` utulie`. Mornie` alantie`.)
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To: STARWISE
Available here: http://www.jeremyinc.com/BarackObamaToiletPaper.html

Available here: http://www.jeremyinc.com/BarackObamaToiletPaper.html

4 posted on 01/31/2009 8:37:33 AM PST by BenLurkin (Mornie` utulie`. Mornie` alantie`.)
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To: BenLurkin

5 posted on 01/31/2009 8:38:08 AM PST by maggief
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To: BenLurkin

LOL send one of those to “Old Sarge” so Piss may be upon him LOL

You made my day FRiend!


6 posted on 01/31/2009 8:38:23 AM PST by wombtotomb (since its "above his paygrade", why can't we err on the side of caution about when life begins?)
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To: STARWISE

He used tax payer money to develop those slogans. They belong to the people to use as they please.


7 posted on 01/31/2009 8:39:46 AM PST by RC2
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To: STARWISE
Image and video hosting by TinyPic
8 posted on 01/31/2009 8:42:45 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: STARWISE

related....

http://www.network54.com/Forum/578302/thread/1233411032/last-1233418519/The+Andrea+Shea+King+Show+-Online+Radio+Philip+J.+Berg%2C+Attorney+(Obama)


9 posted on 01/31/2009 8:43:11 AM PST by gunnyg
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To: STARWISE

Here it comes — anyone who uses His image to make a disparaging commentary or satire will find themselves on the wrong end of a copyright infringement law suite.

He grows more despicable daily.


10 posted on 01/31/2009 8:45:45 AM PST by Maceman (If you're not getting a tax cut, you're getting a pay cut.)
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To: Maceman

He Who Must Not Be Portrayed...

(Kinda like mohammad, eh?)


11 posted on 01/31/2009 8:48:12 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 12 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: STARWISE

Wow, Obama's own line of branded propaganda material...

Let me offer some assistance in helping him define a targeted market segment -- those in County Lock-up:


12 posted on 01/31/2009 8:50:04 AM PST by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: STARWISE
"White House lawyers want to control the use of the president's image,'' she reports.

If they're trying to do so for royalty purposes, this is a misuse of government resources and might constitute a "high crime or misdemeanor".

13 posted on 01/31/2009 8:50:19 AM PST by George Smiley (They're not drinking the Kool-Aid any more. Now they're eating it straight out of the packet.)
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To: George Smiley

I’ll bet they are doing it so they sue the pants off political enemies for trademark infringement if they dare to print anything derogatory.


14 posted on 01/31/2009 8:55:15 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: STARWISE
while being careful not to squelch the overwhelming enthusiasm that the public has for the president

I must have missed that memo...

15 posted on 01/31/2009 8:59:48 AM PST by John123 (The US may be going down the drain, but everyone else will drown first...)
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To: George Smiley

“If they’re trying to do so for royalty purposes”

They’re trying to do it for ROYALTY purposes. The Emperor has spoken...


16 posted on 01/31/2009 9:06:13 AM PST by DrC
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To: BP2

ROFL.......... perfect!!!


17 posted on 01/31/2009 9:07:22 AM PST by STARWISE ( They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter))
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To: STARWISE
the Obama White House of the varied attempts to cash in on the brand Obama built

Running for office puts you and all campaign slogans/images in the public domain.....

.....or at least it should.

18 posted on 01/31/2009 9:12:51 AM PST by SteamShovel (Global Warming, the New Patriotism)
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To: STARWISE

I’m sure the Chinese will respect the copyright-as they do all intellectual property.


19 posted on 01/31/2009 9:18:18 AM PST by ottersnot (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants)
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To: STARWISE
Well, when all you have going for you is an image in an advertising campaign, then I guess you need to protect it.

Media coverage of this punk reminds me of those old Tiger Beat magazines I used to buy when I was 12. "Wired" magazine is even offering a FREE OBAMA MAN OF THE YEAR POSTER! with a subscription right now.

20 posted on 01/31/2009 9:20:03 AM PST by ponygirl (I am opposed to Communists of any color.)
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To: STARWISE
Photobucket
21 posted on 01/31/2009 9:22:51 AM PST by skimask (Never argue with an idiot, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience)
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To: STARWISE
As long as it is signed by Barack Obama, it is OK... it's authorized.


22 posted on 01/31/2009 9:24:16 AM PST by paulycy ("BEWARE the LIBERAL/MEDIA Complex")
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To: STARWISE
grab over and bend our ankles, again....
23 posted on 01/31/2009 9:27:59 AM PST by gunnyg
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To: STARWISE
Limited time only! Get your jpg's while you can!


24 posted on 01/31/2009 9:34:49 AM PST by Albion Wilde ("Praise and worship" is my alternate lifestyle.)
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To: STARWISE

um....Bob the Builder was the original “yes,we can” sloganeer. hey obambi...bob called and he wants his slogan back! and he says you have to stop using it without his permission.


25 posted on 01/31/2009 9:46:25 AM PST by madamemayhem (Auntie Em: hate you, hate Kansas, took the dog. Dorothy)
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To: null and void

I never thought of that ..........


26 posted on 01/31/2009 9:55:29 AM PST by STARWISE ( They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter))
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To: maggief

put his face in there, and I would buy it. lol


27 posted on 01/31/2009 10:15:08 AM PST by annieokie
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To: STARWISE

Soooo...the proceeds of Barry’s propaganda goes where? To pay off the national debt? To pay for wagyu steak? As a campaign fundraiser? Can we charge him for plagiarizing the presidential seal during his campaign and phony “Office of the Present Elect” phase? Do the manufacturers of the propaganda file as 527s?


28 posted on 01/31/2009 10:22:35 AM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: STARWISE

Supreme Court case.


29 posted on 01/31/2009 11:31:04 AM PST by dr_who
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To: DrC

I didn’t notice the double entendre when I posted it.

HA!


30 posted on 01/31/2009 11:37:41 AM PST by George Smiley (They're not drinking the Kool-Aid any more. Now they're eating it straight out of the packet.)
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To: John123
The “overwhelming enthusiasm” is well offset by the overwhelming horror of the 48% who didn't vote for Ø.
31 posted on 01/31/2009 11:59:38 AM PST by fwdude ("...a 'centrist' ... has few principles - and those are negotiable." - Don Feder)
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