A Donald Trump parody of Disney’s “Donald Duck” created by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) may run afoul of federal trademark laws.
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Josh Gerben, an intellectual property lawyer based in Washington, D.C., told the Wall Street Journal’s Jacob Gershman that the DNC mascot may create a false impression of association among voters, in violation of federal trademark laws haushaltsbuch programm kostenlos downloaden.
“U.S. trademark law prevents use of a registered trademark to create a false association with the owner of the trademark,” Gerben said. “In this instance, if a reasonable consumer would believe that Disney had authorized use of the DONALD DUCK trademark to launch a political attack on Donald Trump, then there would be trademark infringement.”
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Neither the DNC, nor Walt Disney Corp., have commented on trademark and copyright issues surrounding the mascot.
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