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#GayGeek – San Diego Group Finally Wins Rights to“Comic Con” in Trademark Battle

 

Via Forbes:

In a written statement to Courthouse News, Bjurstrom and San Diego Comic Convention’s chief communications and strategy officer David Glanzer said “from the beginning all that we asked of the defendants was to stop using our Comic-Con trademarks.”

Their statement continued: “San Diego Comic Convention has used the Comic-Con trademarks in connection with our comics and popular arts conventions for almost 50 years. We have invested substantial time, talent and resources in our brand resulting in world-wide recognition of the Comic-Con convention held annually in San Diego. The jury today upheld San Diego Comic Convention’s trademarks as valid. The jury also found that Dan Farr Productions, Daniel Farr and Bryan Brandenburg each infringed San Diego Comic Convention’s marks. San Diego Comic Convention respects the decision of the jury.”

Following the verdict, Salt Lake Comic Con attorney Michael Katz of Maschoff Brennan said they were disappointed by the verdict and believed “we put on case which would support that comic con is generic.”

He said it “seemed like the jury came to some kind of compromise” since they found Salt Lake Comic Con had infringed the trademark but only awarded $20,000 of the $12 million San Diego Comic-Con asked for.

And supporters of the Salt Lake City event took to Twitter and social media after the verdict, rallying around their convention with the hashtag #IStandWithSLCC.

More than more than 140 other “comic cons” are held around the country, which are using the trademark without the San Diego company’s permission including Wizard World one of its largest imitators. 

San Diego Comic-Con’s attorney Callie Bjurstrom  stated that other trademark infringement claims are to follow.

 San Diego Comic-Con has the “right to decide who to pursue and when” but that it was pursuing “the worst offenders first.”

Dan Parent Creator of The Archie’s Kevin Keller: “I’m NOT Going To Go See Ender’s Game”

Kevin Keller

As much as Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment would like you to believe that the Orson Scott Card debacle and the upcoming boycott of  Ender’s Game over his hateful and dangerous anti-gay rhetoric was just limited to the Ender’s Game panel at San Diego Comic-Con it was not.

It was the talk of Comic-Con and the issue was brought up in other panels as well — most notably at the  spotlight panel on Kevin Keller the gay character from the Archie comics. When a fan asked Keller’s creator Dan Parent was asked whether or not  his character would support the boycott,  Parent responded by saying he wasn’t sure what Kevin would do, but he personally was not going to see the movie.

There is something that did happen at the Ender’s Game panel that has not been reported widely. As Robert Orci, Summit Entertainment, and Lionsgate continued  to distance the film from the Card  (who was purposely not invited as not to make it worse) at one point, in response to an audience question Orci tried to play down the size of the LGBT backlash, the real issue with Card as Producer, and the theme of the movie stating: “I would hate to see the efforts of all the people who made this movie thwarted for the less than 1% of the people behind the movie, particularly because the message of the book and the movie is tolerance, compassion and empathy.”

Of course that only happens after Ender violently destroys a  different species called “buggers” due to his ignorance, hate and blind allegiance.

Sound familiar?

H/T to Patrick Yacco of Geek’s Out

 

Harrison Ford Defends Ender’s Game and Orson Scott Card At San Diego Comic-Con

Boycott Enders Game

“No part of the story concerns Mr Card’s theories about society in terms of gay issues or homosexual issues. I think he has a right to his opinions and has also made it clear that it was a battle that he fought and lost and would like to get on with the rest of life.” – Harrison Ford, promoting  Ender’s Game and spouting the studio spin line at San Diego’s Comic-Con.

I am ashamed of Harrison Ford.  He knows the boycott  has nothing to do with whether this particular story has anything to do with Card’s views on homosexuality and that it has to do with Lion’s Gate supporting monetarily a virulent homophobe who wants to see me and my friends killed or put into concentration camps. ”

Cards statements were not “opinions” Mr. Ford — any more than Hitler had an “opinion” about the Jews.  Mr. Card would like gays not to exist, and if they do to be criminalized and persecuted and money from Lionsgate buying the story and the percentage of the box office that comes from his producer credit has and will continue to help him continue.

I can guarantee you Harrison, if Card had said all those things about blacks and funded and worked white supremacy groups, this movie would have never been made and your multi-million dollar paycheck would not existed.

So in reply to your statement let me say a hearty FUCK YOU to you Han Solo.  If Chewbacca was here he’d smack you silly.