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Reply #60 posted 08/04/17 6:21am

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crimesofparis said:

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Yes I am not confused are you. The estate should go after loads of other people who are directly violating the trademark. Of course she is saying the estate is refusing to give her personal belongings.

I'm not confused because I'm looking at it on her website.

I would be confused if I saw it at a mall or a Target.

If you are not confused about the symbol being different from Prince's no one else is either. There are not being sold at Target so everything will be fine.
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Reply #61 posted 08/04/17 6:25am

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laurarichardson said:





Yes I am not confused are you. The estate should go after loads of other people who are directly violating the trademark. Of course she is saying the estate is refusing to give her personal belongings.

Why should the Estate go after those other people, but you don't think they should go after Sheila?


Because the other people are using an exact copy of the symbol which has been trademarked. There is a variation on Sheila's symbol that I think would hold up if the estate to her to court. The other people are also promoting their shirts all over the Internet which could interfer with the official shirts the estate has out.
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Reply #62 posted 08/04/17 6:54am

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People with tat's aren't making money off of the symbol. Sheila is, and the symbol is trademarked Lovejunky said:

How Dare she !

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Off with her Hand !

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Reply #63 posted 08/04/17 6:56am

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There's better things to do than worry about this.

We are just discussing it.

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Reply #64 posted 08/06/17 7:32am

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I don't know what to think about Sheila using Prince's symbol on apparel she is selling. I love Sheila E. and her talent always have. One part of me thinks it's fine that she may be doing this to pay homage to Prince and reminding people he is still with us never to be forgotten. And then another part of me thinks it's weird to sell any tangible items with his symbol on it; to make a profit off of his symbol. Is this act the end of the world, no. I wanna think she is trying to pay him respect and also symbolize their long standing connection. Who the hell knows.
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Reply #65 posted 08/06/17 12:04pm

Superfan1984

The bottom line is, you have to wonder about "friends" and "exes" who do stuff like this, knowing that if Prince were alive he would not allow it. We all know he would shut it down and quick- even to his best friends--- confused The more I see how Manuela doesn't use his symbol or tell intimate details of their marriage, the more I like her, to be honest.

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Reply #66 posted 08/06/17 12:12pm

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Superfan1984 said:

The bottom line is, you have to wonder about "friends" and "exes" who do stuff like this, knowing that if Prince were alive he would not allow it. We all know he would shut it down and quick- even to his best friends--- confused The more I see how Manuela doesn't use his symbol or tell intimate details of their marriage, the more I like her, to be honest.

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Reply #67 posted 08/06/17 12:30pm

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Superfan1984 said:

The bottom line is, you have to wonder about "friends" and "exes" who do stuff like this, knowing that if Prince were alive he would not allow it. We all know he would shut it down and quick- even to his best friends--- confused The more I see how Manuela doesn't use his symbol or tell intimate details of their marriage, the more I like her, to be honest.

No, she just built a school (that she claims he approved) and uses his name to raise money. Same end, just different means.

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Reply #68 posted 08/06/17 12:50pm

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crimesofparis said:

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Let me make myself crystal clear placing the butterfly over the symbol does not confuse anyone with half a brain. If you looked at his inventory sheet he did it settle on one variations there are about a dozen that are trademarked Some good person has gone and posted a link that I believe will show the mistake is your thinking. I think the estate could spend time going after people who are using the symbol on t-shirts and posters.

Are you saying no one could reasonably confuse this with being a Prince shirt?

Oh it's grey, are there no other colours available?

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Reply #69 posted 08/06/17 6:51pm

Leopard52

I have no problem with it. I like the fact she's out there and also putting his memory out there for us. People complain about his associates using the symbol and singing his songs and talking about their time with him. Well what do want? Everyone to just forget about him? Seems to me that's what you'll get!! Stop complaining people.
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Reply #70 posted 08/06/17 8:46pm

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I think people would confuse the butterfly and symbol as belonging to Prince if they were not a long time fan. Afterall, there is the butterfly scene in New Girl which millions of people watched (or at the very least 100s of thousands). I imagine quite a few of them were not Prince fans, but were fans of New Girl. If they saw this symbol in Target, Walmart, on ebay, or wherever, they would associate it with Prince and New Girl, and think the shirt is a play off that show. Regarding Mayte using the Prince symbol in her book, that was his legal name while they were together and so she is respecting him by using the name he claimed at that time. However, I think I'm really tired of people using Prince to make money. If they had tried any of this while he was here, they'd be getting C&Ds and they know it. And it's not just them using Prince to make money, but it is them taking advantage of Prince's fan base of whom many are still mourning the loss and wanting to snatch up anything Prince related, just to feel close to him again. These bands that are selling out shows, these protegees using Prince's symbol or name, know this and that is why they keep seeking out the Purple family. If they wanted to really celebrate Prince, they would be innovative, inventive, and would use their own music and maybe perform one or two songs by Prince instead of hanging on his coat-tails. They couldn't do any of this while he was alive, and if they had tried, even Prince's fanbase would have thrown a fit. But to do it now, not just once but over and over again, it has stopped being about Prince's legacy and started being about what they can make off Prince's legacy and by taking advantage of a mourning fanbase.

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Reply #71 posted 08/07/17 4:40am

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Totally agree Benni!

benni said:

I think people would confuse the butterfly and symbol as belonging to Prince if they were not a long time fan. Afterall, there is the butterfly scene in New Girl which millions of people watched (or at the very least 100s of thousands). I imagine quite a few of them were not Prince fans, but were fans of New Girl. If they saw this symbol in Target, Walmart, on ebay, or wherever, they would associate it with Prince and New Girl, and think the shirt is a play off that show. Regarding Mayte using the Prince symbol in her book, that was his legal name while they were together and so she is respecting him by using the name he claimed at that time. However, I think I'm really tired of people using Prince to make money. If they had tried any of this while he was here, they'd be getting C&Ds and they know it. And it's not just them using Prince to make money, but it is them taking advantage of Prince's fan base of whom many are still mourning the loss and wanting to snatch up anything Prince related, just to feel close to him again. These bands that are selling out shows, these protegees using Prince's symbol or name, know this and that is why they keep seeking out the Purple family. If they wanted to really celebrate Prince, they would be innovative, inventive, and would use their own music and maybe perform one or two songs by Prince instead of hanging on his coat-tails. They couldn't do any of this while he was alive, and if they had tried, even Prince's fanbase would have thrown a fit. But to do it now, not just once but over and over again, it has stopped being about Prince's legacy and started being about what they can make off Prince's legacy and by taking advantage of a mourning fanbase.

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Reply #72 posted 08/07/17 6:08am

Superfan1984

I so agree, Benni ... confused

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Reply #73 posted 08/07/17 4:40pm

Ottensen

PennyPurple said:



unique said:


PennyPurple said:

I e-mailed them, so let's see if I get an answer back.



She's not in distress and isn't on a ship, so the use of the upside down flag is very disrespectful. I wonder if Prince would approve his symbol being used with an upside down flag?



It's a reference to the state of the country under trump. It's only Y a matter of opinion if someone thinks it's disrespectful because they don't understand the meaning and intent. She prolly saw how folk go batshit crazy on the org when they don't understand basic things and don't bother googling. [Edited 8/1/17 10:37am]

What makes you think it's in reference to Trump? I don't see Trump, or Nation anywhere on this T-shirt.



Again, I contacted them and will hopefully hear back from them.



It's a disgrace to use this upside down flag and then to put Prince's symbol on it. I can assume he wouldn't be too happy about it either.



1. I think Sheila has been expressive enough about her political and spiritual leanings in the past to encourage common sense discernment on what the flag should represent in that position.

2.Apparently you've never listened to Prince's body of protest and social commentary music (some of which Sheila has played/recoded on) to not make the connection between both of these artists and their track record of using their art to address "state of the nation" and 'nature of God & man' themes in their work.

3. I don't think at this stage of the game Prince would care how she chooses to display the US flag with out without the symbol she's used, as he was a Jehovah's Witness, in later life pledged no allegiance to any flag over God, and didn't appear to be concerned with things of this world as evidenced by the manner in which he left his estate.

That said...while I understand her grief and needing to fuse their respective symbols together to evolve into some new entity that they couldn't be together while he was alive and walking this earth...I'm over the merch hawking, I'd rather have a tribute recording evoking the music and the sentiments they shared during the era they were together as collaborators.
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Reply #74 posted 08/07/17 6:52pm

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laurarichardson said:

PennyPurple said:



laurarichardson said:





Yes I am not confused are you. The estate should go after loads of other people who are directly violating the trademark. Of course she is saying the estate is refusing to give her personal belongings.

Why should the Estate go after those other people, but you don't think they should go after Sheila?


Because the other people are using an exact copy of the symbol which has been trademarked. There is a variation on Sheila's symbol that I think would hold up if the estate to her to court. The other people are also promoting their shirts all over the Internet which could interfer with the official shirts the estate has out.

No, this would not hold up in court. I'm a trademark specialist and I have been working with trademarks for over 10 years so I'm confident in my assessment. Do you think someone adding a butterfly to the Nike swoosh mark would be Ok? That's exactly what's happening here. The estate or family or whomever is in charge would have a case and they would win but they've chosen not to. But yes, the average customer would see the items as "confusingly similar" and the trademark owner would win and recover damages.
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Reply #75 posted 08/07/17 7:06pm

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MoDrawersMoDrawers said:

laurarichardson said:


Because the other people are using an exact copy of the symbol which has been trademarked. There is a variation on Sheila's symbol that I think would hold up if the estate to her to court. The other people are also promoting their shirts all over the Internet which could interfer with the official shirts the estate has out.

No, this would not hold up in court. I'm a trademark specialist and I have been working with trademarks for over 10 years so I'm confident in my assessment. Do you think someone adding a butterfly to the Nike swoosh mark would be Ok? That's exactly what's happening here. The estate or family or whomever is in charge would have a case and they would win but they've chosen not to. But yes, the average customer would see the items as "confusingly similar" and the trademark owner would win and recover damages.

Oh yeah, absolutely. Glad to see someone with knowledge in the area (more than my minimal understanding, which is enough to keep myself out of trouble).

I've seen cease and desist orders issued for so much less.
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Reply #76 posted 08/08/17 3:38am

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She clearly has got an authorization for using it, imo. Let's face, Prince, the brand, is a money making machine.

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Reply #77 posted 08/08/17 5:21am

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MoDrawersMoDrawers said:

laurarichardson said:
Because the other people are using an exact copy of the symbol which has been trademarked. There is a variation on Sheila's symbol that I think would hold up if the estate to her to court. The other people are also promoting their shirts all over the Internet which could interfer with the official shirts the estate has out.
No, this would not hold up in court. I'm a trademark specialist and I have been working with trademarks for over 10 years so I'm confident in my assessment. Do you think someone adding a butterfly to the Nike swoosh mark would be Ok? That's exactly what's happening here. The estate or family or whomever is in charge would have a case and they would win but they've chosen not to. But yes, the average customer would see the items as "confusingly similar" and the trademark owner would win and recover damages.

That is your opinion I would imagine a court would have to make that decision. Just like Sheila would have to get a decison from a court on her personal belongings that she cannot get out of Paisley Park.

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Reply #78 posted 08/08/17 7:29am

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laurarichardson said:

MoDrawersMoDrawers said:

laurarichardson said: No, this would not hold up in court. I'm a trademark specialist and I have been working with trademarks for over 10 years so I'm confident in my assessment. Do you think someone adding a butterfly to the Nike swoosh mark would be Ok? That's exactly what's happening here. The estate or family or whomever is in charge would have a case and they would win but they've chosen not to. But yes, the average customer would see the items as "confusingly similar" and the trademark owner would win and recover damages.

That is your opinion I would imagine a court would have to make that decision. Just like Sheila would have to get a decison from a court on her personal belongings that she cannot get out of Paisley Park.

Yep...that's my opinion which I stated above. But I also stated my assessment was based on YEARS of experience so I am confident my "opinion" holds much more weight than your brief research. I also said the estate/family hasn't chosen to stop her use of their intellectual property. It's a moot point until either side takes legal action.

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Reply #79 posted 08/08/17 8:10am

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MMJas said:

She clearly has got an authorization for using it, imo. Let's face, Prince, the brand, is a money making machine.

Not necessarily.

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Reply #80 posted 08/08/17 9:33am

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MoDrawersMoDrawers said:

laurarichardson said:

That is your opinion I would imagine a court would have to make that decision. Just like Sheila would have to get a decison from a court on her personal belongings that she cannot get out of Paisley Park.

Yep...that's my opinion which I stated above. But I also stated my assessment was based on YEARS of experience so I am confident my "opinion" holds much more weight than your brief research. I also said the estate/family hasn't chosen to stop her use of their intellectual property. It's a moot point until either side takes legal action.

So your years of study make you a judge? Your opinion is just that an opinion.

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Reply #81 posted 08/08/17 9:38am

crimesofparis

laurarichardson said:



MoDrawersMoDrawers said:




laurarichardson said:



That is your opinion I would imagine a court would have to make that decision. Just like Sheila would have to get a decison from a court on her personal belongings that she cannot get out of Paisley Park.






Yep...that's my opinion which I stated above. But I also stated my assessment was based on YEARS of experience so I am confident my "opinion" holds much more weight than your brief research. I also said the estate/family hasn't chosen to stop her use of their intellectual property. It's a moot point until either side takes legal action.



So your years of study make you a judge? Your opinion is just that an opinion.


Years of study is the difference between an expert opinion regarding a complex field vs. the opinion of someone who does not have years of study or experience.

Same could be said about pretty much anything, especially legal matters.
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Reply #82 posted 08/08/17 9:58am

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crimesofparis said:

laurarichardson said:

So your years of study make you a judge? Your opinion is just that an opinion.

Years of study is the difference between an expert opinion regarding a complex field vs. the opinion of someone who does not have years of study or experience. Same could be said about pretty much anything, especially legal matters.

Your years of study means you have an opinion that could be wrong just like anyone else.

I am sure years ago Donald Trump's lawyer believed he had a case when Trump sued a game manufacter over a card game called Trump card only to lose the case.

It is about what you can prove not what you think is right.

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Reply #83 posted 08/08/17 10:50am

crimesofparis

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Your years of study means you have an opinion that could be wrong just like anyone else.

I am sure years ago Donald Trump's lawyer believed he had a case when Trump sued a game manufacter over a card game called Trump card only to lose the case.

It is about what you can prove not what you think is right.

Trump's lawyer did not necessarily think they had a winnable case. Big guys sue little guys all the time for things that wouldn't hold up in court in hopes that the little guy won't waste the legal resources (aka time and money) fighting it, and will instead opt to pay a licensing fee or a royalty to the big guy.

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Read up on patent trolls. It's very similar.

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Plus, in the example you brought up, the name "Trump," being also a common verb that is regularly used in conjunction with cards, makes it a weak case. A "trump card" is such common vernacular, you can't trademark that. If you wanted to build an apartment complex and call it "Trump Apts," well, then you're probably on the losing side of a trademark infringement case.

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However, this is the Prince symbol. There is nothing else that it could possibly be associated with, other than Prince, the artist. It's not also this thing you see everywhere, like a peace sign or a smiley face. And there's certainly no other reason Sheila is using it other than because it is associated with Prince.

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Reply #84 posted 08/08/17 10:59am

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crimesofparis said:

laurarichardson said:

Your years of study means you have an opinion that could be wrong just like anyone else.

I am sure years ago Donald Trump's lawyer believed he had a case when Trump sued a game manufacter over a card game called Trump card only to lose the case.

It is about what you can prove not what you think is right.

Trump's lawyer did not necessarily think they had a winnable case. Big guys sue little guys all the time for things that wouldn't hold up in court in hopes that the little guy won't waste the legal resources (aka time and money) fighting it, and will instead opt to pay a licensing fee or a royalty to the big guy.

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Read up on patent trolls. It's very similar.

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Plus, in the example you brought up, the name "Trump," being also a common verb that is regularly used in conjunction with cards, makes it a weak case. A "trump card" is such common vernacular, you can't trademark that. If you wanted to build an apartment complex and call it "Trump Apts," well, then you're probably on the losing side of a trademark infringement case.

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However, this is the Prince symbol. There is nothing else that it could possibly be associated with, other than Prince, the artist. It's not also this thing you see everywhere, like a peace sign or a smiley face. And there's certainly no other reason Sheila is using it other than because it is associated with Prince.

'Tis true.

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Reply #85 posted 08/08/17 6:58pm

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crimesofparis said:

laurarichardson said:

Your years of study means you have an opinion that could be wrong just like anyone else.

I am sure years ago Donald Trump's lawyer believed he had a case when Trump sued a game manufacter over a card game called Trump card only to lose the case.

It is about what you can prove not what you think is right.

Trump's lawyer did not necessarily think they had a winnable case. Big guys sue little guys all the time for things that wouldn't hold up in court in hopes that the little guy won't waste the legal resources (aka time and money) fighting it, and will instead opt to pay a licensing fee or a royalty to the big guy.

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Read up on patent trolls. It's very similar.

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Plus, in the example you brought up, the name "Trump," being also a common verb that is regularly used in conjunction with cards, makes it a weak case. A "trump card" is such common vernacular, you can't trademark that. If you wanted to build an apartment complex and call it "Trump Apts," well, then you're probably on the losing side of a trademark infringement case.

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However, this is the Prince symbol. There is nothing else that it could possibly be associated with, other than Prince, the artist. It's not also this thing you see everywhere, like a peace sign or a smiley face. And there's certainly no other reason Sheila is using it other than because it is associated with Prince.

Till you what legal eagle. Why don't you contact the estate about this because I suspect if they are too clueless to go after numorous people on Facebook peddling open rip offs of the symbol I am sure they are not going to bother Mrs. E least they look like idiots.

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Reply #86 posted 08/08/17 6:58pm

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crimesofparis said:

laurarichardson said:

So your years of study make you a judge? Your opinion is just that an opinion.

Years of study is the difference between an expert opinion regarding a complex field vs. the opinion of someone who does not have years of study or experience. Same could be said about pretty much anything, especially legal matters.

But you are not a judge and therefore not a decision maker.

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Reply #87 posted 08/08/17 8:18pm

crimesofparis

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Till you what legal eagle. Why don't you contact the estate about this because I suspect if they are too clueless to go after numorous people on Facebook peddling open rip offs of the symbol I am sure they are not going to bother Mrs. E least they look like idiots.

Yeah, they'd look like jerks, but they'd be right. The cost of being right isn't always worth it.

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But I don't really care on a personal level. As far as I'm concerned, let living people who are still actively creating art make their money. That goes for Sheila and it goes for The Revolution, and whoever. Copyright and trademark laws are insane, and it's all Disney's fault.

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I don't care much about keeping Prince's family wealthy. I really only care that his estate drives enough income to keep Paisley Park owned by the estate and hopefully do a lot of good in their community, and, of course, keep Prince's legacy alive, which isn't cheap.

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I only commented because I saw a straight-up wrong statement about trademark law and wanted to make it clear that adding a clip art butterfly to someone else's trademark doesn't nullify the trademark.

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She is 100% using his trademark to make money. And I bet she sells more shirts than The Revolution. And concert tickets. But it's still probably not THAT MUCH MONEY. She probably makes more money on other kinds of investments that she has (hopefully) made over the years than she probably currently does touring and selling merch. It's a hard living, especially now. I almost never fault an artist for what she does to make income -- except when it comes to stealing someone else's art and a few other things.

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For what it would cost the estate (both the cost of lawyers and the cost of making enemies with arguably Prince's most famous protege), it's just not worth it to put a C&D on her.

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Reply #88 posted 08/08/17 11:10pm

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years of training, knowledge, experience and qualifications means nothing as this is the org, where idiocracy and ignorance rule over the truth. ye who searches for the facts is wasting thy time on here

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Reply #89 posted 09/07/17 7:29am

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New items have been added:

https://www.sheilae.com/merch/
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