Friday, September 27, 2013

Playboy involved in a silly trademark fight against a parody site

It seems that now even a bulwark of free speech, Playboy, has inserted itself into trademark bullying, going after a parody site called “Party with Playboy”, link here. The site was created by a feminist group called “FORCE”, which opposes “rape culture” and probably sides with efforts to defeat sex trafficking (although that has led to issues with Section 230, as I have discussed on my main blog in the past month). 
Apparently there were issues with the service provider (May First/People Link), and EFF is reporting that the FBI erroneously seized it.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a story by Peter Higgins here
EFF has always reported that parody is widely protected by the First Amendment.  I guess I engaged in parody in the 1990s when I wrote a posting called “Heterosexuality is incompatible with military service” and paraphrased the Pentagon’s notorious 123 words, which sounded like a church litany.

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