Friday, June 08, 2012

Cycling, anti-auto group fights off trademark claims for parody site

With friends heavily into urban cycling (that includes Manhattan), I was amused to find that in 2007 there had been a bogus trademark dispute involving the site “Auto Show Shutdown” (link) involving the Chicago Auto Show back in 2007.

That show tried to claim that the “auto show shutdown” infringed on a “trademark” for the auto show, which was impossible to sustain because the parody was non-commercial in nature.  (If the site accepts any advertising at all, that could raise questions about commercial use.)  And the Auto Show didn’t even own its own mark, according to gumshoeing done by EFF in this article

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