BAABC gets a ‘cease and Desist’ order from some corporate assholes via WordPress.
Ok so we got an e mail from word press about why we got temporarily shut down for content that said
We received the attached complaint regarding material published on your WordPress.com site and are passing it along for your review and consideration.
With an attachment that said…
AND ELECTRONIC MAIL
Green Dot Corporation (“Green Dot”) markets and services prepaid debit card
products. Green Dot is the registered owner of the federally registered trademarks Green
Dot® and MoneyPak®. You have set up a website which incorporates Green Dot® and
MoneyPak® without prior authorization. Furthermore, you are falsely representing a
relationship with Green Dot. Your use of the Green Dot® mark on the webpage and
misrepresentation regarding Green Dot’s involvement with your enterprise is misleading
in that it is likely to cause the public to believe that Green Dot has approved, sponsored,
licensed, or authorized the use of the trademark and the sale of Green Dot products when
it in fact has not done so.
In sum, your unauthorized use of Green Dot’s trademark constitutes trademark
infringement, false designation of origin, and dilution under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C.
1114 et seq. Your unauthorized sale of products represented to be Green Dot products
constitutes unfair competition under California state law and common law. Additionally,
you have engaged in counterfeiting of Green Dot products which is a violation of federal
law. The remedies available to Green Dot for such unlawful acts include its actual
damages, statutory damages, profits, punitive damages, a nationwide injunction, and
attorney’s fees incurred in bringing an action against you. Please note that the above is
not intended to be a complete listing of Green Dot’s rights, and Green Dot reserves the
right to assert other claims not state herein. Additionally, Green Dot will contact federal
and state law enforcement authorities to report your actions.
We demand that you immediately remove all references to Green Dot® and its
products from your website and cease and desist all further use of Green Dot’s
trademarks and the misrepresentation regarding your relationship with Green Dot.
Green Dot Corporation 605 Huntington Dr., Ste. 205, Monrovia, CA 91016
To indicate your agreement to these terms, you may respond to this letter by email
to Lgok@greendot.com or by mail to Green Dot Corporation, Attn: Lisa A. Gok,
Assistant General Counsel, 605 E. Huntington Drive, Suite 205, Monrovia, CA 91016. If
Green Dot does not receive a response within 7 days, we will seek all remedies available
for your unlawful acts. We look forward to your prompt response. If you have any
questions, please feel free to contact me at (626) 739- xxxx.
Lisa A. Gok
Assistant General Counsel
We ask word press and this company Green Dot (which has very cheap, fake looking notices and logos) when and where exactly did we use anything to do with this company except in a reposted articel titled
“Support Antifascists Arrested Protesting Neo-Nazis in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania” https://bayareaabc.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/support-antifascists-arrested-protesting-neo-nazis-in-harrisburg-pennsylvania/, where it directs folks to actually use their corporation to donate bail? We expect a prompt response but these corporate swine or we will assume we are being fucked with, and we feel it is only proper to reming the how little respect we have for corporations and how much respect we have for “unlawful acts“.
– In solidarity against all corporations,
Bay Area Anarchist Black Cross