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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; They're all questions Fleurty Girl t-shirt shop owner Lauren Thom is being forced to answer. “The NFL is not a company that I want to rock the boat with, but I definitely want to look into it further to see ...

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They're all questions Fleurty Girl t-shirt shop owner Lauren Thom is being forced to answer.

“The NFL is not a company that I want to rock the boat with, but I definitely want to look into it further to see what my rights are,” Thom said.
Two weeks ago, Thom got a cease and desist order from the NFL.

“They're telling me not to print anymore shirts and to get rid of the inventory that I have because it says the words 'Who dat' and it has a gold fleur de lis on the shirt,” she said.

But Thom’s t-shirt isn’t the only one the NFL has a problem with. Storyville t-shirt shop also got a cease and desist order for two of their t-shirts.
“I really thought the 'Who Dat' was something that belonged to the people more than to the Saints or to the NFL or anything else,” said Storyville co-owner Josh Harvey.

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Old 01-28-2010, 07:53 AM   #2
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NFL is trying to take "Who Dat" away from us!

WHAT THE _____?

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Re: NFL is trying to take "Who Dat" away from us!

Twenty years ago, to a year ago, no one cared about the term "Who Dat", or the rights to it. Now that the Saints are going to the superbowl, here come the fat cats. Leave it to success, to mess things up for the little people, who gave their heart and soul, to make it happen. Disgraceful.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:11 AM   #4
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Re: NFL is trying to take "Who Dat" away from us!

I built a web site years ago for retired nfl players... an unofficial
privately owned forum and the NFL even gave us a hard time
about logo use.

They protect the leagues intellectual property rights. That would include
all teams under a wide legal umbrella. Just think of the verbal disclaimers after ever game....
"accounts of the game, etc"

I'm not taking sides. That is their take on the matter. It could be argued
they've become anal retentive but so much money is at stake they slap
every small guy they can in an effort to control the profitablity.

There are so many bootleg Who Datters is ain't funny is the reality of the situation.

Locally every mom and pop under the sun has been painting who dat
on anything and everything possible and trying to sell it. People are greedy.

Reminds me of the music industry, somehow.

:-p

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Re: NFL is trying to take "Who Dat" away from us!

From what i read they are not trying to take that away from us. They are trying to stop people/businesses from selling Saints gear that is not licensed and she had the Fleur De Lis in Saints colors on that shirt.

According to NFL spokesman Dan Masonson, "Any unauthorized use of the Saints colors and other [marks] designed to create the illusion of an affiliation with the Saints is equally a violation of the Saints trademark rights because it allows a third party to 'free ride' by profiting from confusion of the team's fans, who want to show support for the Saints."
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Re: NFL Orders Shops to Stop Selling "Who Dat" Gear

I thought maybe this was some sort of joke but it isn't though it is laughable. I really cannot believe that the NFL would clamp down on such a thing. They do not own it so what the hell are they playing at? In fact it is so pathetic it's embarrassing.
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Re: NFL Orders Shops to Stop Selling "Who Dat" Gear

They are clamping down because they have the legal right to protect the leagues intellectual property rights. It really is stealing to bootleg NFL stuff. It is more than just the who dat slogan.

I'm not defending them, just saying that is the legality of the scenario.
They do have a leg to stand on. If it were your property rights and someone was stealing it you might have a different perspective.
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Old 01-28-2010, 08:23 AM   #8
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Re: NFL is trying to take "Who Dat" away from us!

If she in fact is printing the logo in Saint's colors, I think they (NFL) have a case. However, the term "who dat" goes way way back. If you follow the link below you will be surprised just how far.


Who Dat? - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Re: NFL Orders Shops to Stop Selling "Who Dat" Gear

Fleur de lis', were tattooed, or branded, on people's bodies, in 17th century France, when they were to be put to death. That symbol, has been around for a LONG time. The term "Who Dat", probably came from a couple of drunk cajuns, after a Saints win sometime in 84'. The fans came up with it, not the NFL.

Maybe I should try to get property rights to the cross symbol, or maybe patent the wheel, if this is the case.
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Well, if we are going to go that far back, then let's keep going...

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