George and Cindy Anthony take on Cafépress; file application to trademark the name ‘Caylee Anthony’
George and Cindy Anthony, the grandparents of murdered two-year-old, Caylee Anthony, have sent a cease and desist letter through their attorney Mark Lippman to the website Cafepress and demanded that the company stop users from creating products bearing the name of their granddaughter. Additionally, the Florida grandparents have applied for a trademark on her name. If the trademark is granted, the public would be prevented from creating items in Caylee’s name and selling them, or they could face legal action. In addition to trademarking “Caylee Anthony” they also want to trademark the phrase “Justice for Caylee.”
The Anthony’s are represented by attorney Mark Lippman and on May 17, 2011 he sent a letter to Cafepress which reads, “This website is an affront to the memory of Caylee Anthony and the family will not tolerate the malicious production of her name in any format.”
According to a report by CNN, Cafepress hasn’t received the letter but spoke with CNN and stated that their site doesn’t actually create products itself, but rather is a community site where users upload their own creations that are then turned into various items.
It is unclear whether the cease and desist would have legal standing as each user is responsible for the content he or she uploads.