25 August 2006

I sue you/ You restrain me/ You'll never find jurors/ Who like Barney

Robert Ambrogi reports that the Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing Barney's owners on behalf of the owner of an anti-Barney website:
[The EFF] claims that the Lyons Partnership, the company that owns the Barney trademark, is violating the free speech rights of Stuart Frankel, publisher of a Barney parody site.

Since 2002, Barney's lawyers have sent Frankel a series of cease-and-desist letters to shut down his site. The lawsuit, according to EFF, "asks the court to finally resolve the matter by declaring that his parody does not infringe Barney's copyright or trademark rights." CNET's Declan McCullagh reported in October that the cease-and-desist letters complained that Frankel's site "depicts a plush Barney toy in a violent manner or position" and asked that he "remove this violent content toward Barney on your Web site."

As the father of a young child, I can sadly attest that even if Barney is taken down, there are many, many more characters in dire need of extinction. When it comes to children's programming, I have an enemies list that would've impressed Nixon, and Noddy is right there at the top of it.

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