Wal-Mart Abusing Trademark Law To Try To Shut Down Union Website
from the not-a-fan-of-free-speech-apparently dept
And yet, it keeps happening.
The latest such story takes place up in Canada, and rather than a traditional disgruntled customer or ex-employee, the gripes site in question is from a union.Michael Scott points us to the news that Wal-Mart is trying to shut down a union website using quite a creative interpretation of trademark law, to suggest it blocks out all sorts of stuff it does not:
They want the court to order the union:Pretty much all of those requests seem like very questionable attempts to censor and silence organizing workers, rather than any legitimate attempt to protect trademarks against confusing use in commerce. And, of course, in doing so, all Wal-Mart is doing is drawing a lot more attention to these union claims... and to the fact that Wal-Mart appears to be acting like a big bully.
- to refrain from using the names Wal-Mart or Walmart as a trademark alone, or with other indicia, in any form or format
- not to use the expressions "Walmart Workers Canada" or "Union for Walmart Workers" in any form or format
- not to use the expression "Get respect. Live better." or any other expression which constitutes a play on Wal-Mart's trademarked slogan "Save money. Live better"
- not to use photos or images of WalMart employees or people purporting to be such employees
- not to use an oval, circular or semi-circular design similar to the Spark Design that includes spokes or figures in association with trademark Walmart in any form or format
- to take down the website www.walmartworkerscanada.ca