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Mastercard threatens rec.humor.funny over satire.
    #2561485 - 04/15/04 12:07 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)


It happened again. This time Amex rattle sabres over another joke. Details at my blog.

Two years ago, rec.humor.funny published a sick satire of the Mastercard "Priceless" ads (There are some things money can't buy, for everything else there's Mastercard) based around the Columbine tragedy. I won't repeat it here, since it was pretty sick and offensive, though you can find it on the web site at:

Today we received a "cease and desist" letter from Mastercard's lawyers demanding that the parody be removed from our web site, falsely claiming it violates their trademarks and copyrights, in spite of the well established rules protecting satire and parody from such attacks.

The letter can be found at


Here, however, is my response...


Web site hosting for anybody: $10/month and up

Threatening letters to people who satirize you, hoping
they won't know the law: $500

Reputation as giant corporation required to intimidate
small publishers: $billions

Supreme court decisions protecting parody and
satire from accusations of copyright and
trademark infringement... Priceless

There are some rights money can't buy. For everything
else, there's Mastercard's lawyers.


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Re: Mastercard threatens rec.humor.funny over satire. [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #2561493 - 04/15/04 12:09 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

:lol: :thumbup: :lol:


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Re: Mastercard threatens rec.humor.funny over satire. [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #2561542 - 04/15/04 12:23 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

:lol:! That  bunch has been threatened with lawsuits so many times over the years, it ain't even funny....okay, well maybe it is.. :biggrin:
I need to re-subscribe to that newsgroup again! I've not read it in years... :laugh:

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Re: Mastercard threatens rec.humor.funny over satire. [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #2563901 - 04/15/04 03:42 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

Obviously we have all seen these paradies on the internet(usually accompanied with photos) The difference I see with these is that he actually uses the tagline at the end "There are some rights money can't buy. For everything
else, there's Mastercard". I wonder if it is no longer a parody because of that.


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