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    Best Buy Threatens Priest's ''God Squad'' Car



    A Catholic priest from Wisconsin has been told that he is in violation of a trademark owned by electronics giant Best Buy, and could face legal action if he does not comply with a cease-and-desist order issued by the retailer's legal department.

    According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Father Luke Strand (center) has been driving a black Volkswagon Beetle with 'God Sqaud' stickers on the doors since he was a seminarian. Unfortunately, he may not be driving it in it's current state for very much longer. Fr. Strand has received a letter from Best Buy's lawyers claiming it violates the trademarked logo of their well known 'Geek Sqaud' tech support team.

    A friend of Fr. Strand said the vehicle was just a little fun, intended to incite discussion in the community.

    "There was never any kind of formal God Squad group or organization. Father Luke and some friends simply decided to design a car that would act as a cool and fun way to bring our faith into the public. It's just a conversation starter," Janasik told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
    "It's obviously not a Best Buy vehicle. When people see the car in public they usually laugh, and then it leads into lots of great conversations with strangers about faith and God."

    A senior Best Buy PR representative confirmed that they had made contact with Strand regarding a trademark infringement and elaborated that sending the cease-and-desist order was a hard decision to come to.
    "This was a really difficult thing for us to do because we appreciate what Father Strand is trying to accomplish with his mission. But at the end of the day, it's bad precedent to let some groups violate our trademark while pursuing others," Paula Baldwin, senior manager for public relations at Best Buy told the Journal.


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    Wow, isn't BestBuy being a bunch of little bitches about? I don't think you can trademark part of a name. So they basically are taking a common word from the English language and saying you can't drive a bug and combine that word with any other word in the English language.

    BestBuy is a shit company anyway. Let the nuts drive their God Squad car.
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    maybe it's too similar to best buys's geek squad symbol, matches their design too much.

    I'm not a big fan of best buy anyway. We bought a TV there few months back and the guy tried to slip in a $100 HDMI cable for us to purchase as well. Sara went from 0 to bitch in a blink of an eye.
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    Very silly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROID View Post
    maybe it's too similar to best buys's geek squad symbol, matches their design too much.

    I'm not a big fan of best buy anyway. We bought a TV there few months back and the guy tried to slip in a $100 HDMI cable for us to purchase as well. Sara went from 0 to bitch in a blink of an eye.
    What do you mean slip it in? He suggested it, or tried to sneak it into your purchase? Not that either answer would surprise me with those worthless fucks. The "Geek Squad" should change their name to the "Not Smart Enough to Do Real IT Work Squad. But that probably wouldn't fit on the bug.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KelJu View Post
    What do you mean slip it in? He suggested it, or tried to sneak it into your purchase? Not that either answer would surprise me with those worthless fucks. The "Geek Squad" should change their name to the "Not Smart Enough to Do Real IT Work Squad. But that probably wouldn't fit on the bug.
    jsut grabbed it and threw it on top of the tv. I assumed it came with it.

    Never asked if we want one or if we had another 100 bucks to spend. Just seemed odd to me, like some kind of fucked up sales strategy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ROID View Post
    jsut grabbed it and threw it on top of the tv. I assumed it came with it.

    Never asked if we want one or if we had another 100 bucks to spend. Just seemed odd to me, like some kind of fucked up sales strategy.
    Lol! I would have been pissed, also. That is like a kid trying to sneak candy into their parents buggy.
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    Looks like its the logo which they were having issues with. American legalities, so amusing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KelJu View Post
    Wow, isn't BestBuy being a bunch of little bitches about? I don't think you can trademark part of a name. So they basically are taking a common word from the English language and saying you can't drive a bug and combine that word with any other word in the English language.

    BestBuy is a shit company anyway. Let the nuts drive their God Squad car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KelJu View Post
    Wow, isn't BestBuy being a bunch of little bitches about? I don't think you can trademark part of a name. So they basically are taking a common word from the English language and saying you can't drive a bug and combine that word with any other word in the English language.

    BestBuy is a shit company anyway. Let the nuts drive their God Squad car.
    Please don't talk about trademark law if you (clearly) know nothing about trademark law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROID View Post
    maybe it's too similar to best buys's geek squad symbol, matches their design too much.
    Exactly, its not the words as much as its the logo.

    As for them appreciating what they are doing, that sounds like a line of horseshit to me. "We appreciate that they are trying to save the world through faith, but its our picture wahhhhh!"

    Ba ba ba bullshit, its business. <--- thats a period

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudge View Post
    Ba ba ba bullshit, its business. <--- thats a period
    The trademark is not the words, but the whole buggy WITH the particular style of logo on it. Yes, the whole car plus the logo is basically a trademark of theirs--when you see a black and white buggy with that logo on it, you immediately think of Bestbuy's Geek Squad.

    With trademarks, you either protect it or lose it. That's just the law--if you don't like it then write to your Congressman.

    I guess they could have officially licensed the church permission to use the trademark, but that really wouldn't be proper for a business to do.

    What's more interesting is if the church as a Parody defense. But I doubt they would want to litigate that to find out whether its applicable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Gears View Post
    fuckin "Pedo Squad" is what it should say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Gears View Post
    fuckin "Pedo Squad" is what it should say.

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