Trayvon Trademark

Trayvon Martin’s Mother Files Trademark Papers

The mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has filed papers seeking to trademark two slogans based on his name.

Posted: 7:40 AM Mar 27, 2012
Reporter: Associated Press

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I’ve been hearing a lot of holier-than-thou talk about this.  Certainly cringe-inducing at first thought, but probably a poorly handled but pragmatic move to cover just those two phrases. This case will not be resolved soon, and for good or ill, a lot of free-lance unauthorized merchandise is being churned out and sold.

In a sense, Tray has become a public figure in death. Those who see any chance to make a buck on this are hawking everything possible and can incorporate his name however they wish.

There will soon be – – probably already are – – some extremely vulgar and inappropriate shirts, posters, buttons, rap songs, etc. which will include those phrases. And there will be a market/audience for such “souvenirs.” Think what the Tea Party crowd could do, for that matter.

I can imagine family members not wanting to walk down the street a couple of years from now and see torn, filthy, or discarded items with his image and those phrases.

Also would not want to see current rap moguls compose whatever weirdness they want to produce and literally make millions of dollars in the name of free enterprise. The family is aggrieved beyond imagining; should they also be allowed to be exploited because taking action to curb such use of their son’s name is “indelicate”?

Painful, no matter what they do.

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