Trademark Protection? or Shakedown!
Wed, 22 Feb 1995 11:01:15 -0700
My original post on the issue of the LL being charged for the use of the
team names and logos seems to be generating a bit of discussion. The
issue is also being somewhat misinterpreted as evidenced by a couple of
Doug Kemp stated that he called the local Little League office and was
told that the action was against the uniform manufacturers, not the LL.
And, as Olan Watkins stated, the one who pays is the kid, or his family.
Doug then states "Trademark protection is a legal right - and one, that
is waived if they do not exercize it." He also appends, "How would Boy
Scouts feel if the manufacturers started making uniforms that looked
like Scout uniforms complete with Scout logos?"
And it goes on...
My opinion on this is that right or wrong, the Commissioner of Baseball
and the League owners could not have picked a worse time for this action.
The LL has been using the names and logos of the pro teams since before I
went out for LL 40 years ago. NOW, all of a sudden, it's a trademark
issue? Horse bisketts! IMHO, they are trying to find a new source for
money lost to the strike. Also, $6 per kid is a bit high. They could
have set a single charge for the team, or for the local organization,
or tried to licence the use to the LL nationally. (BSA licences the name
"Scouts" to GSUSA.) But they chose to go after the individual player.
The comparison to the Scout uniform is totally irrelevent to this
discussion. Also, the BSA has been protecting their tradmark since the
beginning. Baseball has allowed the LL to get away with their use for so
long that I think they _have_ lost the right to enforce, in this instance.
I copied my original post on this to Professor Beaver. He and his friends
are aghast at this, and feel that it is just a shakedown. As do I.
As one little 12 yr old said on the local news Monday night, "They tell
us we're in the LL to learn something. Boy am I learning things. Right
now I feel like burning my baseball card collection." Mike also feels that
this is a stupid move, that will do them more harm than good.
No, this action is NOT aginst the uniform manufacturers. It _is_ against
the kids. And who will the players of the future be, if the kids lose their
love of baseball over _adult_ politics.
Chuck Bramlet, ASM Troop 323
Thunderbird District, Grand Canyon Council
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