I just got this email from CafePress. Looks like my “Ronald McDonald hearts your fat kid” bumpersticker is no more:
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In accordance with our Intellectual Property Rights Policy, Robert E. Browne on behalf of McDonald’s Corporation provided us with a notice stating that your use of McDonald’s character and/or logo infringes upon their intellectual property rights (trademarks). Please click here to for more information about intellectual property.
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Well, I never! Actually, I’m surprised it’s taken this long. I’ve had this product up since 2003 and nobody said a word about it. Of course, nobody’s ever bought this particular sticker either, so it’s no biggie. The design was different at first, though. Here was my original idea:
The very next day after uploading it, I got an email saying that using Ronald’s likeness was a no-no. I kinda figured that would happen, but ya never know till ya try, right? (Same thing happened with my “Michael Moore needs a bath” sticker…he just looked so gross in the pic, like he ususally does, but I wasn’t able to keep it.) So I modified the image a bit, and it’s stayed that way for the past 3 years:
Also, while Googling some stuff I came across this posting by a blogger who was threatened by McDonald’s lawyers in 2004 for posting a tiny little parody graphic on her site. She wasn’t selling anything with Mickey D’s precious logos or anything, it was just a tiny graphic for her site. Absolutely amazing. Her response to them makes for some great reading, oh yes!