A lawyer representing Ben Carson, a Republican candidate for president, has claimed that the slew of over 1,500 goods sold on CafePress bearing his name and likeness are illegal.
In a September 10 e-mail to CafePress, Clyde Vanel demanded all “unauthorized” products be removed—claiming that such materials were in violation of a host of laws, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Lanham Act, Federal Trademark Infringement, and Federal Copyright Infringement, among other alleged violations of Carson’s privacy.
However, in response, on Wednesday, a well-known First Amendment rights lawyer took Vanel to task.
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