Thursday, January 18, 2007

did you know....









































that selling these t-shirts is illegal in louisiana and oklahoma- and may become so in texas?

8 comments:

Donnie McDaniel said...

This is one time that I have to agree that using the names of dead soldiers to push merchandise is wrong. The wording of the laws makes it clear to me that not getting the consent of the closest living relative to use the name to promote both selling of merchandise and pushing a political agenda is wrong. I cannot support this one! It is just wrong on so many levels.

betmo said...

perhaps not using the soldier's names. but i have a feeling it was designed around the 'bush lied' bit. although, the names are published in my newspaper daily- do i don't know. i realize it is apples and oranges but the political agenda runs all over.

Dizzy Dezzi said...

I'm kinda with both you guys.

Seems to me that the names was a work around to banning the whole shirt, what with people being targeted by law-enforcement for having anti-bubbles or anti-war stickers, it's not hard for me to see them using the (literally) small print on these t-shirts to make them illegal to sell/wear.

On Donnie's point, it is one thing to report the news by printing the names of soldiers who died, but unless these guys are giving the shirts away, it's sort of offensive to use their names to promote your own agenda and sell goods (I'm sure some of their families probably "still" support bubbles and the war). I would be offended if someone used my husband's name in such a way that supported the war after his death. It's a slippery slope. By making it illegal for anyone to print them, it keeps these guys names from being unfairly tarnished. If the families feel strongly one way or another, they should have the choice to include their soldiers name on the appropriate merchandise if they see fit.

The law is about getting the permission of an agent of the person whose name you are using. The problem then becomes do you pay the family for using their soldiers name and even the capitalist in me says, skip the names, save some money.

I say the t-shirt speaks volumes without the list of names.

betmo said...

me too.

deuddersun said...

Its a Public Domain issue. Once the names have appeared in print they are in the public domain. In order to prevent them from being used one would have to prove harm to name or reputation. It would make an interesting legal case. It woould be like using my name or image from the Marine Crops to support the war. I may not like it, but unless it causes me some "injury" or was blatantly false, there isn't much I could do about it.

Facts are Bush did lie, intentionally or otherwise. They did die. On the face it is true, so sue me.

In any event, I am against censorship of any kind other thatn individual. That's capitalism isn't it, let the market decide?

d.

deuddersun said...

Besides, I have no empathy for anyone who STILL supports this idiot president and his dirty little war.

Makes me wanna buy a shirt and head to Oklahoma...

d.

C-dell said...

I live in Louisiana. Are you serious. Selling these shirts is illegal. What do you expect?

AscenderRisesAbove said...

no way! argh.