Should the NFL threaten businesses and websites with lawsuits just because the National Football League thinks someone is using NFL related logos and/or phrases?
The NFL should not sue everytime someone creates a website or opens a business that appears to be using NFL trademarks. “The letters demanded they stop selling shirts featuring the phrase that's part of a popular cheer by Saints fans, citing trademark infringement.” States the Associated Press. The National Football League threatens to sue Louisiana merchants who are making t-shirts that are, supposedly, containing New Orlean Saints trademarks and other NFL trademarks. Not only that but the NFL sues anyone who seems to be using their trademarks, "We've gone after everyone that we know of who has infringed on our rights." David Proper says, NFL attorney. The NFL sends letters to people and businesses who are suspicious to the NFL of using their trademarks, then if no action is taken by the victim, the NFL prepares for a lawsuit. "We're promoting the game. That's how the area's economy benefits. I'm totally baffled by this." Yardy, a Re/Max real estate broker, says. The NFL is being harsh on small businesses and websites for no apparent reason other than they are copyright infringementing the NFL. The case between Louisiana merchants and the NFL is the most ridiculous case the NFL has put together so far. The NFL is sueing over the fact that these merchants are putting the “who dat” phrase and the fleur-de-lis, a symbol the New Orleans Saints happens to use, onto shirts. Clearly, they should not sue everytime someone creates a website or opens a business that appears to be using NFL trademarks.