The operator of a political website that parodies the presidential hopes of Hillary Clinton has just gotten a lesson in realpolitik and what happens when someone crosses the Clintons.
Marinka Peschmann, a freelance journalist and author, has been marketing a number of different buttons and bumper stickers for the “Hillary 2016: Prison or POTUS” campaign on the website Zazzle.com. One of those caught the eye of Clinton-campaign lawyers and is now no longer available.
Clinton’s campaign claimed Peschmann had infringed on the trademark for the official campaign logo.
Peschmann announced the takedown on her website:
Note: Take down! This bumper sticker is no longer available. Hillary for America’s legal department lodged an intellectual property right’s holder trademark complaint against HILLPoP2016’s latest styles. While HILLPoP2016 thinks our H is different (the arrow faces left and is orange for instance), one must pick their battles. HILLPoP2016 respects Zazzle’s decision regarding their terms of service agreement and wishes more corporations would enforce them.
Zazzle explained by email:
Thank you for contacting us!
We would love to offer every design that our users submit, however we must abide by all applicable laws and standards as well as our own content guidelines and copyright policies.
Unfortunately, it appears that your product did not meet Zazzle’s Acceptable Content Guidelines. Specifically, your product contained content which infringes upon the Hillary for America trademark.
Zazzle has been contacted by legal representatives from Hillary for America, and at their request, have removed the product from the Zazzle Marketplace.
We are sorry for any disappointment, but hope you will understand our position in this regard. For future reference, please review Zazzle’s Acceptable Content Guidelines at: http://help.zazzle.com/articles/support/ar143/
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Thanks for using Zazzle. We look forward to seeing more of your creative designs!
Content Management Team
Case Number: CAS-944371-G4Y1D8
Peschmann is taking it in stride – she has other designs that carry the same message and a working relationship with Zazzle to honor and preserve.
“I had added some new styles to honor the latest Hillary rebranding effort,” Peschmann said on her website.
“Team Hillary apparently was not happy with them and claimed I had infringed on their trademark. Zazzle.com is honoring Hillary for America’s legal representative’s takedown request. They have been very professional with me and a pleasure to deal with.”