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Trademark infringement rains on children's birthday parties

There are 22 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jul 28, 2008, titled Trademark infringement rains on children's birthday parties. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

In planning birthday parties for their children, parents are facing stumbling blocks that include trademark infringement.

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Parenting Skills

Baltimore, MD

#22 Jul 28, 2008
Joe wrote:
A child is having a birthday party! Quick, call Lawyerman!
Oh no! A child is being entertained by a beloved TV character! The SuperSummonsServer to the rescue!
You could say the exact same thing in the opposite:' A (spoiled-- by codependent parents) child is NOT ALLOWED to have Spongebob at his party. Quick, call a lawyer! Call Child protective Services. Arrest SpongeBOB!"
More to the point, if you like the character or creation enough to want it-- PAY FOR IT! That's how our economy works.
And if the owner doesn't want to license it, DEAL WITH IT!
Teach your kids to respect art and artists-- and NOT to WHINE!
Tavon Austin

Baltimore, MD

#23 Dec 1, 2008
Death to Smoochie wrote:
Like it or not, the likenesses of those characters are the intellectual property or their creators and/or licensors. There may be a legitimate reason why a company does not want the likeness of its character represented without its permission:
Unilicensed use of a character could result in a negative association with a costume wearer and the character.
For instance, what if it was learned that a guy wearing an "Elmo" costume who was regularly hired to appear at children's parties was in fact a convicted sex offender?
Imagine the damage that publicity would have on the character and the children and parents who adored him. All because a costume company wanted to cash in on his image illegitimately to further their financial interests. It's not just about the "greed" of the licensor.
Christ, do something once and get a name for life

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