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…

Keep Calm and Campaign On @bbcbreakfast #Keepcalmandcarryon

This morning on @bbcbreakfast (8.20am), the story was broadcast re Mark Coop's (successful, so far) attempt to trademark 'Keep Calm and Carry On' within the EU (as applied to the items he sells: t-shirts, mugs, etc.). Mark Cooper owns keepcalmandcarryon.com, which as you can see has capitalised hugely on the slogan: On TV this morning he said: Having quit the day job, and put my life and soul into this, and build it up, and…