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…

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…

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…

#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'…
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