Friday, October 12, 2007

Mr. Yuk Says "Don't Infringe!"

This is Mr. Yuk:

Mr. Yuk is a registered trademark of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Corporation. If you open your medicine cabinet, you'll likely find him staring out at you from various medicine bottles. Mr. Yuk is not happy.

This is Paul Bakken, city councilor and small business attorney in Eagan, Minnesota. He used Mr. Yuk on lawn signs to express his disapproval for a proposed amendment to the city charter. Children's Hospital somehow caught wind of this (do they have attorneys patrolling the streets of Eagan?) and has demanded he cease and desist.

Councilor Bakken has fallen afoul of the second most mythical copyright myth, that if you find it online it's in the public domain. Yuk.



At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not public domain, but fair use. There is a difference.


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