The first rule of swimming with sharks is not to get bitten. The second rule is that, if you do get bitten, don’t bleed, and under no circumstances must you thrash around. It doesn’t help, and it only serves to attract more sharks. As shown by Michelle Malkin, MoveOn.org is not only bleeding like a stuck pig, it is also thrashing around like a minnow with a broken back.
From: ‘carrie “at” moveon.org’
Subject: Notification of Trademark Infringement
Attn: Candice Carr
Intellectual Property Rights Agent
950 Tower Lane
Foster City, CA 94404
Dear Ms. Carr,
I am contacting you as the representative of MoveOn.org, and therefore the trademark owned as “MoveOn.org” We have been alerted to an entire page of items on your website that infringes on our registered trademark, and we request that you remove all items immediately, and ask the poster to refrain from shipping any items purchased on this webpage. We also request that you give us contact information for the company / person who posted the items.
This content has certainly NOT been authorized by anyone at MoveOn.org, nor anyone affiliated with MoveOn.
If you look at the item in question at Malkin’s Web site, you will not see MoveOn.org’s blue and red trademark logo anywhere at all. Carrie Olson is therefore a liar (as a MoveOn.org leader, that almost goes without saying), unless by some chance she was referring to some other piece of merchandise that Malkin does not show us. This Web page shows more of the images in question, and none of them use MoveOn’s blue and red trademarked logo either. In addition:
- From what we can tell of her biography at MoveOn.org’s site, Carrie Olson is not a lawyer. We are not qualified to give legal advice either, but common sense and experience suggest that she is, to put it politely, full of it.
- We found protest media that call for boycotts of Wal-Mart, Nike, and Caterpillar, all of which actually use the companies’ trademarked logos. If they can’t stop people from using their actual logos in this context, we doubt seriously that MoveOn.org can prevent people from using only its name.
More to the point, however, Carrie Olson’s strident objection to anti-MoveOn.org protest material shows that she, and probably Eli Pariser and the rest of MoveOn.org’s leaders, are terrified of this kind of media. In other words, fellow sharks, sharpen your teeth because…
It’s feeding frenzy time!
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Bumper stickers, 10 inches wide by 3 inches high
Don’t bleat about Godwin’s Law with regard to the following, because the material at MoveOn.org’s disgraced Action Forum could have come from genuine Nazis, and also genuine Know-Nothings of the 19th century (the “No dogs or Irish” crowd).
“General Petraeus, four stars. MoveOn.org, four swastikas.” Again, Godwin’s Law does not apply when the Nazi analogy is applied to behavior that could indeed have come from genuine Nazis. The anti-Semitic material at MoveOn.org’s Action Forum, including a blood libel of Jews, could have come straight from Hitler, Goebbels, or “The Eternal Jew.”
Yard sign, 15 wide by 22 high
Anti-MoveOn yard sign
Tote bag, suitable for reproduction at Cafe Press. “MoveOn.org: Please take your insult to General Petraeus. Also take your anti-Catholic and Jew-bashing Action Forum, and then… MOVE ON!” Tote bag image