Friday, June 26, 2009
Via the blog Copyrights and Campaigns, this story about a cease-and-desist demand from the New York Times against the Republican Governors' Association for its parody of the paper. The RGA is in full pursuit of Senator Jon Corzine, up for re-election this year, and thought "The Corzine Times," attacking the incumbent Corzine would be a neat tactic. Not so amusing, said the NYT, which claims that the parody infringes the NYT's IP rights.
The title for the site is designed to recall the world famous, protected New York Times logo, and the pages use the same fonts and layout as nytimes.com in order to mimic its design. Such copying is a clear infringement of The Times's rights under the Copyright Act of 1976 and falsely suggests, in violation of the Lanham Act, that the Times has sponsored or is otherwise affiliated with your website.