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POLITICS: Bush supporter sues RNC over logo

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posted on Apr, 18 2005 @ 06:12 PM
Jerry Gossett was just trying to help out the campaign and his company when he approached the RNC with his design for a 'W' logo in 2001 and 2003, but he was turned down. Now he is suing in Federal Court for conspiracy and copyright infringement after a similar logo appeared on a website traced back to the RNC.
DALLAS (April 18) - A supporter of President Bush is suing the Republican National Committee and one of its suppliers, claiming they stole his design for the ubiquitous "W" bumper sticker logo in the 2004 campaign.

Jerry Gossett of Wichita Falls says he pitched his design for a logo to the RNC's supplier of campaign materials, The Spalding Group of Lexington, Ky., in 2001 and to the RNC in 2003, and was turned down.

But in early 2004, he says, a similar logo appeared on a Web site and he traced it back to the RNC. This month, Gossett's Rally Concepts LLC sued in federal court, seeking unspecified damages for copyright infringement and conspiracy.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

This goes to show that you can't be too careful when you are trying to do business with the big guys. It remains to be shown if the logos are similar enough to justify the lawsuit. Is it a case of sour grapes on the part of Mr. Gossett? Or is it a case of misappropriation of materials by the RNC? We'll have to wait and see.

posted on Apr, 20 2005 @ 07:04 PM
Unless he has definite proof that his design was stolen, he won't be able to do a damn thing about it.

He should've gottn a copyright on the design and marketed himself.

His loss (if indeed the RNC used it), their gain.

posted on Apr, 20 2005 @ 07:18 PM

Copyright protection subsists from the time the work is created in fixed form. The copyright in the work of authorship immediately becomes the property of the author who created the work. Only the author or those deriving their rights through the author can rightfully claim copyright.

The way in which copyright protection is secured is frequently misunderstood. No publication or registration or other action in the Copyright Office is required to secure copyright. (See following Note.) There are, however, certain definite advantages to registration. See "Copyright Registration."

Copyright is secured automatically when the work is created, and a work is "created" when it is fixed in a copy or phonorecord for the first time. "Copies" are material objects from which a work can be read or visually perceived either directly or with the aid of a machine or device, such as books, manuscripts, sheet music, film, videotape, or microfilm. "Phonorecords" are material objects embodying fixations of sounds (excluding, by statutory definition, motion picture soundtracks), such as cassette tapes, CDs, or LPs. Thus, for example, a song (the "work") can be fixed in sheet music (" copies") or in phonograph disks (" phonorecords"), or both.

If a work is prepared over a period of time, the part of the work that is fixed on a particular date constitutes the created work as of that date.

I think he has a case.

posted on Apr, 20 2005 @ 09:59 PM
Its too late for me to edit my original submission, but here is another source.

Bush supporter sues over 'W' logo

posted on Apr, 20 2005 @ 10:06 PM
Good luck, hope he gets a lot of Dems on the jury

Could be painful to the RNC

posted on Apr, 20 2005 @ 10:12 PM
In my experience, small businesses are notorious for this kind of thing, but the big guys don't do it because:

A. They can usually afford to buy it

B. If they get caught they're in a world of hurt through the publicity and the uber-heavy fines

This will be interesting to follow. I'm guessing that, if it turns out the RNC is, in fact, guilty of stealing the logo, there will be a fall guy involved. Then, the question that will never be answered is, was the fall guy really the one behind it or not.

What about that Kerry logo, though, of the same W with the circle and slash on it? Any copyright lawyers hanging around ATS these days?

Do have to vote for bias on this guy, though...The opening paragraph clearly sides with the guy sueing the RNC. Good find, though!

[edit on 4-20-2005 by junglejake]

posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 11:52 AM

That is his claim? He has no copyright over the letter W. Perhaps having the flag suspended from it like on a pole, sure.

posted on Apr, 21 2005 @ 12:43 PM
That would have to be the focus of his argument. The addition of the flag is unique.

If the RNC design mirrroed the essential design that he previously created, then, yes, he has a shot at it.

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