On Friday I blogged about the controversy going on over at the Miss Worcester Diner, where the owner (Kim Kniskern) is refusing to take down a hand painted Harley-Davidson sign after getting a cease and desist letter from the company over the illegal use of their trademark.
It’s really simple – you can’t use someone else’s trademark without their permission. It doesn’t matter if you like riding Harley’s, or you’re not profiting off of the sign. They have legal liabilities they need to worry about, they own it, and if they ask you to take it down then you take it down. Period. Quite frankly they’re lucky they didn’t get sued over it, and I kind of hope they do now because they’re so fucking stupid.
Our idiot mayor Joe Puddy has chimed in with this:
“It is just as an American icon as is Harley Davidson.”
No, you fucking idiot, it is not.
“What is more American than a meal at a diner?”
I dunno, joining the army? Voting? Becoming a citizen? But I guess the fact that they’re a diner means they get to circumvent trademark law.
“While I believe that brand protection is important, I do not believe that there is any confusion in this case.”
You’re right, there is no confusion. She’s 100% in the wrong. And by supporting her you’re saying that you do NOT believe brand protection is important.
“I am inviting you for breakfast at Miss Worcester Diner. You will see for yourself there is no appropriation of your brand.”
This is the very definition of brand appropriation, you fucking idiot. No one outside of Worcester cares about Worcester or plans to visit it, and the CEO of Harley-Davidson doesn’t follow you on Facebook. You’re a nobody, small time mayor. You are not important or relevant in any way, shape, or form. Your invitation to meet up is declined because you simply do not matter.
For those of you unfamiliar with how stupid our mayor is in Worcester, three years ago yesterday he held what is probably the most hilariously embarrassing press conference in the history of politics, which I wrote about here. Two days before that he organized a protest of the City Council meeting because one of the councilors wanted to declare that Worcester wouldn’t be a sanctuary city. So he brought a mob here to protest the councilor he didn’t like, and then they wouldn’t shut up which prompted him to turn to his left and tell the person next to him, “these people are friggin morons, they are not educated,” not realizing that his microphone was on.
The next day he apologized for calling his OWN SUPPORTERS morons, and then the day after that he said it wasn’t him who said that even though he had already apologized and it was undeniable that it was him who said it.
This is the guy in charge of leading the City of Worcester. You don’t hear about him like you hear about mayors like Joe Curtatone and Jasiel Correia because he’s not a thief or a rabid SJW. He’s just an easily forgettable oafish moron, who can barely complete a sentence, and thus perfectly represents Worcester. I talked about it all on the live show Saturday night.
But perhaps the most hilarious part about this whole saga is that the City of Worcester has cracked down on private company’s using the city’s seal without their permission.
They literally made the Turtlegram stop using their logo because of a possible infringement. Now the same fucking guy who voted to do that is out there shaming Harley-Davidson for doing the exact same thing he did.
Oh, and the Miss Worcester Diner also uses the city’s logo on it.
Guess Mayor Moron missed that one.
I messaged Tony Freitas and Kim Kniskern about coming on the live show to talk about this. Here’s what Kim said.
Translation – she changed her mind about coming on because unlike the mainstream media I’ll actually ask her questions. These people don’t wanna be asked questions, they wanna whine about how they’re victims and share their meaningless Change.org petition.
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