Grand Old Party of Teabaggers and Business has Infringed Energizer Bunny Trademark for a Decade
Yesterday Dailykos diarist, 'the girl', hit the recommended diary list with her post of the powerful impact one person may produce in the simple act of shining bright light into the dark space created by deception.
The inherent power over an adversary that is achieved by lying is particularly odious in application to public affairs. Large sums of money are invested by private concerns to intentionally distort public understanding of matters of great importance, like the current policy debates on health care or climate change, for example.
Big Tobacco and Big Oil have spent enough money in recent decades to create and sustain whole industries designed for the single purpose of misleading citizens and the decisions of our policy-makers in public affairs.
Because fairness is not part of the organization charter, corporate concerns have only the bottomline at stake which ultimately requires directors --NOT to equitable policy debates but-- to maximize shareholder value. And, so, we documented the secret memo series through which Big Tobacco bought the GOP half of American party politics to deceptively achieve protection from legal liability beginning in 1994.
So, the big money behind the teabaggers has been trained on the biggest lies for decades already.
When 'the girl' found them also infringing the Energizer Bunny trademark (the prohibited, unfair use of a registered corporate icon) with its use in attacks on public health care policy plans, her notification of the trademark owners at Eveready was enough to move them to consider legal action.
We thank you for alerting us about this unauthorized use of the Energizer name and trademarks and we have passed this information to our legal department.
To demonstrate the significance of the issue, 'the girl' cited the Eveready Battery Company's prosecution of the trademark case under WIPO juridisdiction.
As a result of EBC’s use of the Mark and Icon, its advertising and promotional efforts and expenditures in connection with the Mark and Icon, and the wide recognition achieved for the Mark and Icon, the public has come to associate the Energizer Bunny Mark and Icon with the products and services originating with, emanating from, sponsored by or otherwise associated with or approved by EBC. In addition, both the Mark and the Icon have become extremely valuable symbols of EBC with substantial commercial magnetism, and have become famous.
She covered several different approaches to tackling and exposing apparent teabagger fraud and deceit, in Boom goes the teabag. I think the diary of 'the girl' should be read entirely as a model of civic activism proving what one person can do and achieve effective results!
I don't think 'the girl' expected her ray of truth to immediately provide further illumination of just how unoriginal, old and tired are the Republican leadership arguments in this story. Her actions made very clear how corrupt the current teabagger leadership has proven in the cynical abuse of trademark rights.
But, in fact, her example is simply the present-day regurgitation of the Republican Policy Committee original infringement of the Energizer Bunny trademark, as early as July 2000 when they used it to attack the last Democratic President's health care policy agenda!
7 - 27 - 00 He Keeps Going, and Going. . . Medicare Plan Makes Clinton the Energizer Bunny of Government-Run Health Care
So 'the girl' has found a recycled teabag that's been steeping for a full decade (maybe earlier, see 'Healthcare list'). Not only are the teabaggers currently willing to abuse the intellectual property rights claimed in the 'Energizer Bunny' brand, they've done so after taking the lead set by the Republican Policy Committee in the Senate, a decade ago.
So, the civic activism of 'the girl' that she presented in "Boom goes the teabag." had its own substantial impact by exposing current unfair practices of the teabagger artifact created by the public affairs deception industry. But she also cast a bright light onto the fact that GOP leadership that is supposed to be the banner-carrier and friend of business has been willing to infringe intellectual property rights in order to advance its own deceptive public policy agenda.
And as we listen to the House debate of health care provisions on this Saturday night, the irrelevance of medical liability to overall health care costs (aka the farce of 'tort reform') is another one of the deception industry talking points paid to be injected into the debate.