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And why are they selling hats targeted toward the "urban look" promoting marijuana? (besides making money, of course). Don't get me wrong, I had some fun in college, but isn't this really condoning it? If a guy wants to walk into a store and had one made, fine that should be his right, but for companies to market it themselves is morally questionable. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ drugs $$$$$$$$, do whatever kids.

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Idk i really think we are at a forefront for decriminalizing marijuana in the next 10-30 years i think drastic changes will be made to this once illegal plant. People will one day see all the benefits that this alien plant can provide us.

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The intent here sure seems to be making money. Where did you get that this was a parody?

Using parody as a defense does not necessarily mean that you can't be trying to make money. In any event, I think the bigger problem with claiming that this is a parody is that I don't think it is that obvious that it is a parody.

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The intent here sure seems to be making money. Where did you get that this was a parody?

Using parody as a defense does not necessarily mean that you can't be trying to make money. In any event, I think the bigger problem with claiming that this is a parody is that I don't think it is that obvious that it is a parody.

It's not unlike a band appropriating a coffee logo for its t-shirts, or the Christian stores selling t-shirts with the Reese's logo fashioned into "Jesus," right?

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The intent here sure seems to be making money. Where did you get that this was a parody?

Using parody as a defense does not necessarily mean that you can't be trying to make money. In any event, I think the bigger problem with claiming that this is a parody is that I don't think it is that obvious that it is a parody.

It's not unlike a band appropriating a coffee logo for its t-shirts, or the Christian stores selling t-shirts with the Reese's logo fashioned into "Jesus," right?

That's not a bad analogy. I just think that is isn't as clear at first glance that this is something other than a backwards Red Sox logo, which leads to greater likelihood of customer confusion. The other situtations are usually apparent fairly easily.

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Legal or not, I think what they did to the logo is really clever.

If we can all celebrate how the Binghamton Whalers turned the Hartford Whalers logo on it's side to form a 'B', surely we can celebrate this.

Well, not quite. Birmingham did it to emphasize their connection with Hartford. Big difference.

The other major problem I have with it is that it doesn't read - I look at it and don't see the "a" and "g", but rather a backwards Boston "B".

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I just really like it when people tinker with logos to change/subvert their meaning. I loved the Binghamton Whalers, I loved this, I liked this and I am fond of pretty much anything along those lines.

I immediately see the 'a' and 'G', but I can definitely see that not everyone would.

I like this hat so much I kinda want to buy one, even though I am the last guy who would go around advertising a strand of marijuana (that I had never even heard of prior to today).

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Parody is a fair use defense, but it can only be used once infringement has been proven. The important thing is that it is a "defense," not a "right." You can't just go around changing everyone's logo's a little, calling it a parody and get away with it. Fair use defense is kind of like saying, "yes we are infringing, but..." and courts don't have to let you off. Even with a fair use defense, you can end up owing damages.

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