Lawmaker, Convicted Of Raping Foster Kids, Claims Name Is Copyrighted So You Can't Report It

from the what-happens-when-you-teach-people-that-copyright-allows-ownership-of-words dept

A bunch of folks have sent in this story of former South Dakota state Rep. Ted Alvin Klaudt, who was convicted of raping his two foster daughters a couple years ago, and who is now claiming that his name is covered by copyright, so no one can report on it. More specifically, he's trying to claim a "common law copyright." Unfortunately for Mr. Klaudt, except in extremely limited circumstances, the US does not recognize "common law copyright." He's demanding written permission to use his name in a news report, and has apparently demanded anywhere from $500,000 to $2 million for each "unauthorized" use. Apparently Klaudt, despite having been a former lawmaker, is unfamiliar with the basics of the law. Perhaps he can use his time in prison -- where he will most likely be for quite some time -- to study up.


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    Brendan (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 10:49am

    So how much for this post?

    By his calculations, $5M - $20M.

    Sorry Mike, I don't have the cash on me. Do you accept travelers cheques?

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    Will (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 11:31am

    The fact

    The fact that someone would try this just shows a huge issue with the way many people see copyright. When he should have tried trademark.

     

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    Ima Fish (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 11:48am

    Wait a minute, are you saying that former South Dakota state Rep. Ted Alvin Klaudt was convicted of raping his two foster daughters a couple years ago? Ted Alvin Klaudt was convicted of rape? The Ted Alvin Klaudt?

    Wow, I can't believe that Ted Alvin Klaudt was convicted of raping his foster daughters. Ted Alvin Klaudt, the former state rep. You know, the Ted Alvin Klaudt who was convicted of raping two foster daughters.

     

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    Richard (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 11:55am

    Mix and match

    Mix and match this story with the earlier one about "Nexus" and it seems to me that logically you can either allow both cases or neither.
    They are both attempting to copyright and/or trademark one or two words without a clear "trade" angle (that would allow trademark).

     

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    David (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 12:06pm

    Re: The fact

    Will Said: The fact that someone would try this just shows a huge issue with the way many people see copyright. When he should have tried trademark.

    Trademark would not have worked either. it would only have stopped someone from using it for a product, not reporting on it... :-)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 12:10pm

    Wow. Just wow. Ima Fish wins this thread. (Bows down)

     

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    davebarnes (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 12:10pm

    I think you just make this stuff up

    Mike,

    I am beginning to believe that you just make this stuff up to mess with our heads.

    I expect this from Fark, but not you.

    ,dave

     

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    Yakko Warner, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 12:14pm

    Re:

    I got dibs on DidTedAlvinKlaudtRapeHisTwoFosterDaughters.com.

    Is there a connection with Glenn Beck's alleged kidnap and rape of a girl in 1990?

     

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    Ben (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 12:21pm

    Re: Re DidTedAlvinKlaudtRapeHisTwoFosterDaughters.com

    Damnit! I had dibs on that. I'm gonna sue you for out innovating me.

     

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    Robert Ring (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 12:32pm

    Just ... wow.

    I don't really believe this guy actually believes he has a legit copyright claim to his name. Looks like it's just a ditch, shot-in-the-dark effort to keep reporting on him to a minimum.

    Quintessential "Barbara Streisand Effect" moment.

     

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    Anonymous Poster, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 12:33pm

    In before he sues everyone in Britain.

     

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    thublihnk (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 12:39pm

    Remember, guys. Copyright law is important, because it protects artists. And child molesters.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 12:42pm

    This tactic has been tried before by various felons, either in a futile attempt to get money or to throw a monkey wrench into the legal system. Ted won't have much luck in this regard.

    I'm so glad Republican family values are being upheld.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 12:57pm

    "study up" wrong phrase

    I suspect, given his conviction for child rape, that the correct phrase should be "boning up." And it will *surely* be a learning experience.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 1:00pm

    Re: "study up" wrong phrase

    Correction: Should read:

    I suspect, given Ted Alvin Klaudt's(c) conviction for child rape, that the correct phrase should be "boning up." And it will surely be a learning experience for Ted Alvin Klaudt(c)

     

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    aguywhoneedstenbucks (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 1:11pm

    Joe Biden

    Now we know why the vice president has been meeting with pro-copyright folks so much. All politicians want to be able to copyright their names so that they can get away with anything at all and it can never be reported.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 1:17pm

    Maybe he should have patent the process of becoming a respectable pillar of society, worming his way in to a position of trust and then abusing said trust ... its done often enough that he could make a mint licensing it ... :>

     

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    NullOp, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 1:22pm

    Huh?

    Too bad something like that isn't a capital crime. Ya gotta wonder why not.

    His attempt to claim his name is copyrighted is just another arrogant attempt to bend the law to his own uses. I sincerely hope he learns some lessons in prison.

    Hey, do you hear banjo music?

     

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    interval, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 1:34pm

    Re: Re: The fact

    Fuck copyright. My issue is another elected official reveals his true worth. Die you sick bastard Klaudt, die.

     

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    Samuel, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 1:35pm

    Can't copyright names

    "Copyright does not protect names, titles, slogans, or short phrases. In some cases, these things may be protected as trademarks."

    http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-protect.html

     

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    drewmerc (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 1:38pm

    Re: Huh?

    banjo music? i want bango music the sound his ass will make while being banged

     

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    Alex Hagen, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 1:42pm

    Link to the original crime reports

    If anyone else is curious about what he did exactly:

    http://www.keloland.com/NewsDetail6162.cfm?ID=0,57158

     

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    Oliver Wendell Jones (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 2:12pm

    Copyright Owner?

    Wouldn't the copyright (if there was one, and I think we all agree there isn't...) technically belong to his parents as they created him and his name? Unless he legally changed his name to something completely new and different, I don't see how he can claim the ownership of his name...

     

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    Jake, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 2:16pm

    I suppose he had nothing to lose by trying.

     

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    aguywhoneedstenbucks (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 2:19pm

    Re: Huh?

    You sure do have a pretty mouth.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 2:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: The fact

    You fill in the blank, ____bag!

     

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    chris (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 2:38pm

    Re: Re: Re DidTedAlvinKlaudtRapeHisTwoFosterDaughters.com

    ha ha losers, you forgot to register TedAlvinKlaudtDidRapeHisTwoFosterDaughters.com

     

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    ., Dec 16th, 2009 @ 2:39pm

    Not a great headline a better one would be...

    ...Copyright used to shield convicted child molester.

    Or

    Copyright helps convicted child molester.

    Or

    Copyright aiding and abetting convicted child molester.

    This is fun LoL

    Have he issued DMCA takedowns yet?

    That would be fun to put on the front page.

    "Convicted child molester issues takedown notices".

     

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    chris (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 2:41pm

    Re: Joe Biden

    Now we know why the vice president has been meeting with pro-copyright folks so much. All politicians want to be able to copyright their names so that they can get away with anything at all and it can never be reported.

    no, they just want to get away with rape. sheesh you conspiracy theorists and your tinfoil hats.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 3:09pm

    Not surprisingly, he is a republican.

     

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    Danny (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 3:37pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re DidTedAlvinKlaudtRapeHisTwoFosterDaughters.com

    I filed for a patent for the business process of creating a "DidXRapeHisTwoFosterDaughters.com" website each time a story like this comes up.

    You will all have to pay me!

     

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    Danny (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 3:39pm

    Re: Link to the original crime reports

    He looks a lot like Jared's before picture.

     

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    Ima Fish (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 3:50pm

    Convicted rapist Ted Alvin Klaudt

    Check out the Supreme Court of South Dakota's opinion (PDF) here. It's a great summary of the facts. The guy is a total sicko.

    It appears he molested many more girls than just these two. And his defense was, get this, because he tricked them into submitting to fake medical exams, which he performed despite having no medical training or background, it was not technically rape because, well, they submitted to it. Never mind the fact that they never would have submitted if they knew the truth.

    And it's totally depressing that one of the victims had a father who sexually abused her. So when the state placed her with the not yet convicted rapist Ted Alvin Klaudt, she probably thought she was safe and that her troubles were behind her. In reality it was out of the frying pan into the fire. Now she'll probably never trust another man again.

    Luckily the sicko got 44 years so he'll never see the light of day again.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 5:07pm

    This story has little to do with copyright, is has everything to do with a convicted child molesting scumbag trying everything under the legal system to keep his name from being out there.

    Another stupid republican fool thinking that the laws don't apply to him, only the people he writes laws for. Ever notice that republicans write the hardest laws against porn, are the most arrogant about gays and gay marriage, and yet many of them turn out to be either in the closet or in some little kid's pants?

     

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    Will (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 5:28pm

    Re: Re: The fact

    It was supposed to be a joke. I know you can't and trademark is only for confusion inside a market.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 5:47pm

    But didn't Congress just say that rape is ok ?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 6:29pm

    Re:

    I think it was only if you are blind.

     

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    Jose, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 7:08pm

    A good example of what one writer calls copyfraud. See this article:

    http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=787244

     

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    harbingerofdoom (profile), Dec 16th, 2009 @ 7:38pm

    i was wondering when some moron would pop up and play the political party card.

    thank you #30 for reaffirming my hatred of dumb people talking politics.

     

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    Ryan Diederich, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 8:44pm

    Re:

    Agreed!

    And YOU... you stupid filthy democratic liberals who want to bankcrupt my children by making them pay for illegals and the unemployed.


    there, doesnt that sound pretty

    oh wait, you wouldnt ever hear a republican bad mouth a democrat like that, would you?


    would you?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 9:05pm

    Hey Rapist: Ted Alvin Klaudt

    Sue me!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 16th, 2009 @ 9:33pm

    Re:

    Please point out where I am wrong, mentioning that some of the most strident anti-gay republicans always seem to be the ones that end up having had an affair with male staff members, male hookers, or some combination there of? Aren't the republican's the grand moral christian conservatives who would never do this stuff? Yet is almost always seems to be a republican caught out looking like fools.

    Maybe they were getting moral advice from Jimmy Swaggart.

     

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    JustMe (profile), Dec 17th, 2009 @ 4:20am

    South Dakota state Rep. Ted Alvin Klaudt

    So you mean I can't say that South Dakota state Rep. Ted Alvin Klaudt is a despicable and reprehensible person because he has a copyright on his name? Interesting, because I thought I could say that South Dakota state Rep. Ted Alvin Klaudt is a despicable and reprehensible person because, even though South Dakota state Rep. Ted Alvin Klaudt, again, a world-renowned despicable and reprehensible person, thinks I can't.

    Wow, this is a puzzler. If only someone like South Dakota state Rep. Ted Alvin Klaudt, a well known despicable and reprehensible person, were here to help me out. You know, I'm almost sure that South Dakota state Rep. Ted Alvin Klaudt is a despicable and reprehensible person. And I don't care if South Dakota state Rep. Ted Alvin Klaudt (a despicable and reprehensible person) thinks he has a copyright on his name because South Dakota state Rep. Ted Alvin Klaudt is a despicable and reprehensible person.

    South Dakota state Rep. Ted Alvin Klaudt is a despicable and reprehensible person
    South Dakota state Rep. Ted Alvin Klaudt is a despicable and reprehensible person
    South Dakota state Rep. Ted Alvin Klaudt is a despicable and reprehensible person
    Phhhbbbtttt!

     

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    Mo, Dec 17th, 2009 @ 6:49am

    Ted Alvin Klaudt

    Let Teddy boy sue this site, and this link where his name is listed at least one hundred times:

    http://moronsinchapelhill.com/2009/12/17/exlawmaker-convicted-of-rape-name-is-copyrighted. aspx


    What a moron. Hopefully he'll get butt phuqued by about a hundred homo bubbas in prison, then die.

     

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    TheGreatSemaj, Dec 17th, 2009 @ 11:25am

    The T-Shirt

    And here's the t-shirt. I don't plan on ever making money on these things I just like for them to be out there.

    http://www.zazzle.com/former_south_dakota_state_rep_ted_alvin_klaudt_tshirt-23530979769683 1311

     

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    kevin (profile), Apr 14th, 2011 @ 12:16am

    Ted Alvin Klaudt, a well known despicable and reprehensible person, were here to help me out. You know, I'm almost sure that South Dakota state Rep. Ted Alvin Klaudt is a despicable and reprehensible person. And I don't care if South Dakota state Rep. Ted Alvin Klaudt (a despicable Wood Burning Pellets and reprehensible person) thinks he has a copyright on his name because South Dakota state Rep. Ted Alvin Klaudt is a despicable and reprehensible person.

     

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