Friday fandango

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From IPKat reader Dan Guildford (Dewey & LeBoeuf) comes this link to a remarkable open letter sent to newly-elected British National Party MEP Nick Griffin by the respected charity, the Royal British Legion, whose poppy logo, emotively recalling the fields of poppies that became sites of mass slaughter in the First World War, is one of the most powerful pieces of imagery wielded by any British charity. The Legion's letter reads in part:
"... You wore a Poppy lapel badge during your news conference to celebrate your election victory. This was in direct contravention of our polite request that you refrain from politicising one of the nation's most treasured and beloved symbols.

The Poppy is the symbol of sacrifices made by British Armed Forces in conflicts both past and present and it has been paid for with blood and valour. True valour deserves respect regardless of a person's ethnic origin, and everyone who serves or has served their country deserves nothing less.

The Poppy pin, the Poppy logo, and the paper Poppy worn during Remembrance are the property, trade mark and emblem of The Royal British Legion.

For nearly 90 years, The Royal British Legion has pursued a policy of being scrupulously above the party political fray. It is vital that everyone - the media, the public and our beneficiaries - know that we will not allow our independence to be undermined or our reputation impaired by being closely associated with any one political party. This is more important now than ever.

On May 27th, 2009, the National Chairman of The Royal British Legion wrote to you privately requesting that you desist from wearing the Poppy or any other emblem that might be associated with the Legion at any of your public appearances during the European Parliamentary election campaign.

He appealed to your sense of honour. But you have responded by continuing to wear the poppy. So now we're no longer asking you privately".
This letter exposes an explosive issue: the extent, if any, to which the proprietor of any mark can control its use once the object bearing it has been sold or otherwise placed in ordinary streams of commerce. There doesn't seem to be an obvious solution to the Legion's problems.
Friday fandango Friday fandango Reviewed by Jeremy on Friday, June 19, 2009 Rating: 5

1 comment:

  1. He appealed to your sense of honour

    That may not have been the correct approach.


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