[rumori] Mastercard threatens rec.humor.funny over satire (fwd)

From: Steev Hise (steevATdetritus.net)
Date: Wed May 09 2001 - 12:30:56 PDT

This is a month old now, but have not seen it elsewhere.
what's important about it is that this guy actually knows
his rights and knows that he doesn't have to cave in. good
for him!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 19:30:00 PDT
From: Brad Templeton <btATtempletons.com>
Newsgroups: rec.humor.funny
Followup-To: rec.humor.d
Subject: Mastercard threatens rec.humor.funny over satire

Two years ago, rec.humor.funny published a sick satire of the Mastercard
"Priceless" ads (There are some things money can't buy, for everything
else there's Mastercard) based around the Columbine tragedy. I won't repeat
it here, since it was pretty sick and offensive, though you can find it
on the web site at:


Today we received a "cease and desist" letter from Mastercard's lawyers
demanding that the parody be removed from our web site, falsely claiming
it violates their trademarks and copyrights, in spite of the well
established rules protecting satire and parody from such attacks.

The letter can be found at


Here, however, is my response...


        Web site hosting for anybody: $10/month and up

        Threatening letters to people who satirize you, hoping
        they won't know the law: $500

        Reputation as giant corporation required to intimidate
        small publishers: $billions

        Supreme court decisions protecting parody and
        satire from accusations of copyright and
        trademark infringement... Priceless

        There are some rights money can't buy. For everything
        else, there's Mastercard's lawyers.

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