Garrison, what are you thinking? As a lover of the English language, surely, of all people, you should recognize a parody when you see it. For those who are especially dull-witted, there was even a disclaimer under the shirt that read:

WARNING: This shirt is not associated in any way with Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor, MPR, The Fitzgerald, or, well, anything — it is PARODY.

–Jane, not associated with anything having to do with anything and therefore is responsible for nothing

3 thoughts on “P-A-R-O-D-Y

  • September 14, 2005 at 12:03 pm

    While I agree with the idea that GK isn’t taking this in the humorous way it was intended, from a legal standpoint, he’s doing the right thing. Trademark/tradename holders are obligated to go after anyone who infringes upon their name/mark or it falls into the public domain. They often employ people to look for anything that might possibly infringe and contact them, no matter who they are or how funny they might be. Boring but true.

  • September 15, 2005 at 12:52 pm

    There is already a discussion list thread on the Prairie Home Companion website mocking this whole thing. What I don’t get is this, what happens when GK kicks the bucket, does the trademark disappear? Do he and his heirs own the phrase forever? Is enforcing trademark a way of keeping yourself around forever, whether we want you or not?


  • September 15, 2005 at 3:32 pm

    Don’t know, actually, but you should invest just in case. Trademark LK!
    Trademark Jane!
    Trademark Ranger!

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