Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Trump's spreading chilling effect on free speech impacts...me!

A couple of weeks ago I uploaded the image below to CafePress to appear on mugs, T-shirts, etc., just for fun. The image is well within the legal bounds of fair use parody. It also has nothing to do with politics. Even so, due to blanket threats from Trump, CafePress removed the images and will not allow ANYTHING that includes the phrase Make America Great Again! in ANY context to be posted on the site.

An article from Money explains (http://money.cnn.com/…/donald-trump-make-america-great-aga…/): "One of his first targets is CafePress, a popular website where people can print T-shirts, coffee mugs and other garb. The company received a 'cease and desist' letter from Trump's lawyer at the end of September [2015]."

That CafePress takes such a broad-brush approach in removing items, refusing to discern among those that actually violate Trump's alleged copyright/trademark and those items that legally are protected and not liable to action by Trump is sad and not a little scary.

Click here to read the full Facebook post...

Do support Trump? Why or why not? Do you believe he is justified in shutting down ALL use of the phrase Make America Great Again? Why or why not? Please share your thoughts below or in the comments section of the Facebook post.

(BTW: Russell Moore gets it right >> . I won't vote for DJT or HRC. In November, I'll write in John Kasich.)

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