Disappointing EU Outcome

So, we had the EU ruling that Coop is allowed to keep the trademark for ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’, but the fight’s not over yet (not that I’ve ever made a penny on it, but I like the attitude of Barter Books with regards to this) A famous Northumberland book shop’s bid to overturn a European ruling relating to the use of a historic phrase has failed. Barter Books, the second-hand shop in the Continue Reading →

Yahoo Continues to Report on KCCO

It was originally a Second World War rallying cry to all Britons, but 70 years later the ‘Keep Calm’ slogan is now the subject of a long-running legal copyright dispute. The wartime message has in recent years become an iconic national slogan after the phrase appeared on posters, books, mugs and other merchandise. But ‘Keep Calm’ – originally produced by the government’s Ministry of Information – has since been trademarked by an entrepreneur who has Continue Reading →

Keep Calm and Carry On Dispute Continues

Just popped a little comment onto this Guardian article: The issue may be simply resolved in the end, with evidence that former TV producer Mark Coop got his original copy from Barter Books and appears to have no evidence of original discovery; but the Keep Calm Campaign says that he has United States and Canadian applications pending and the potential may be growing for restrictive action. The slogan was originally Crown copyright but is now in the Continue Reading →

The History of Keep Calm and Carry On Barter Books

I saw a preview of this video last summer. It’s well made, and clearly of interest to large numbers of people (I get over 10,000 visits a month to my blog). I did, however, ask that a mention be made at the end of the video, that the history is essentially the history written in my PhD: Second World War Posters Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Home Front Propaganda posters as researched for a PhD Continue Reading →

#KeepCalmandCarryOn Statement from Barter Books

“Barter Books wish to make it clear that Mark Coop has no ethical or moral right to ‘Keep Calm’. The reverse – when he first jumped on the band-wagon, six years after it was first put on sale, and two years after the Guardian feature and subsequent TV that started the worldwide spread, it was already well established. We have records showing when he first bought a poster from us prior to starting his ‘business’ Continue Reading →

Inside Out, North East

Talking to Linda Barker, I appear for about, ooo, 10 seconds, and then again a bit later in the programme! A lot of the information from my PhD also makes its way into the words coming from Linda Barker’s mouth… and there’s a few ways that things have been interpreted that I might take issue with, but that’s the way TV programmes get made! The t-shirt is from Barter Books. Second World War Posters Mass Continue Reading →

The One Show

I’ve just been chatting to the Researchers from The One Show about “Keep Calm and Carry On”, which they are planning to cover on 29th March.  I had tried pitching to The One Show before, but hadn’t been picked up.  It looks like I won’t actually be on it, as they will be filming at Barter Books (Alnwick is a little far from Winchester, although I really want to go and see the store!), but Continue Reading →

8th March: BBC Inside Out

The other week I was filmed for ‘Inside Out North East’, and this will be shown (in the North East) on Monday evening, but will then be available on iPlayer afterwards.  I have had a few questions as to why I am on in the North East when I am based in the South. The 21st century poster story starts in a bookshop in Alnwick… Barter Books… Second World War Posters Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. Continue Reading →