After Report On Planned Parenthood Link, Girl Scouts Threaten Lawsuits

The Girl Scouts of the USA have sent intimidating letters to pro-life groups that have criticized the organization for its link to Planned Parenthood. The GSUSA letters demanded that their logo not be used by the groups that have reported their connection to America’s largest abortion provider.

Austin Ruse, writer for Breitbart, reports:

LifeNews editor Steve Ertelt announced Monday that he had received a letter threatening legal action. In it, Girl Scout executive Brian Crawford complained about “articles that outline alleged ties to Planned Parenthood” and that “GSUSA has an obligation to protect the Girl Scout name”…He demanded that LifeNews cease using the Girl Scout logo. Ertelt’s is not the only group threatened by the Girl Scouts in this important cookie-selling season. Ann Saladin, a St. Louis house-wife, mother, and former Girl Scout leader, runs a tiny website called MyGirlScoutCouncil.com…She also received such a letter, telling her that she cannot use the Girl Scout logo.

Steve Ertelt, editor of LifeNews, told Breitbart News:

The Girl Scouts are clearly threatened by LifeNews’ reporting on their multiple links to Planned Parenthood, their hiring of abortion activists to key positions, and their promotion of abortion advocates like Wendy Davis. Their letter is a not-so-veiled intimidation tactic designed to get LifeNews to stop our reporting and to get pro-life groups to stop boycotting them.

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Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Brett Harvey tells OneNewsNow:

It’s ‘perfectly acceptable’ to use the Scouts’ logo in that fashion. ‘Trademark and copyright laws have a doctrine known as the ‘fair use doctrine,’ in which anybody can talk about another organization and even refer to them by name or use their logo as part of a news reporting service or as part of a public commentary or even a critique of the organization,’ he explains. ‘And that’s perfectly acceptable.’

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An attorney is explaining that the Girl Scouts of America has no legal grounds in its complaint over organizations using the GSA logo in news reports that are less than flattering. Various organizations have reported on the Girl Scouts’ indirect link to Planned Parenthood as the Scouts started their cookie campaign that helps support the national office through royalties. Now the Girl Scouts is threatening organizations such as LifeNews.com and MyGirlScoutCouncil.com with legal action unless they cease using the GSA logo in their reporting. According to The Washington Times, LifeNews editor Steven Ertelt describes a letter he received from the Girl Scouts as “a not-so-veiled intimidation tactic designed to get LifeNews to stop our reporting and to get pro-life groups to stop boycotting them.” Ertelt’s news website has reported “multiple links” between GSA and Planned Parenthood. Likewise, the letter to MyGirlScoutCouncil.com – a website with detailed explanations of objections to GSA’s pro-abortion views and activities – demanded she stop using the Girl Scout logo on its flyers, says the Times. Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Brett Harvey tells OneNewsNow it’s “perfectly acceptable” to use the Scouts’ logo in that fashion.

Harvey

“Trademark and copyright laws have a doctrine known as the ‘fair use doctrine,’ in which anybody can talk about another organization and even refer to them by name or use their logo as part of a news reporting service or as part of a public commentary or even a critique of the organization,” he explains. “And that’s perfectly acceptable.” The attorney points out that the U.S. Constitution does protect free speech and free press. “You can expose what’s going on and you can provide public criticism and commentary. That’s what public debate is all about,” he offers. “They shouldn’t use laws that are designed to protect people’s intellectual property rights as a stick to bully and intimidate people into silence.” – See more at: http://www.onenewsnow.com/legal-courts/2014/02/20/unhappy-with-pro-abortion-reports-girl-scouts-turns-to-threats#.Uwqz6oXcmIg

An attorney is explaining that the Girl Scouts of America has no legal grounds in its complaint over organizations using the GSA logo in news reports that are less than flattering. Various organizations have reported on the Girl Scouts’ indirect link to Planned Parenthood as the Scouts started their cookie campaign that helps support the national office through royalties. Now the Girl Scouts is threatening organizations such as LifeNews.com and MyGirlScoutCouncil.com with legal action unless they cease using the GSA logo in their reporting. According to The Washington Times, LifeNews editor Steven Ertelt describes a letter he received from the Girl Scouts as “a not-so-veiled intimidation tactic designed to get LifeNews to stop our reporting and to get pro-life groups to stop boycotting them.” Ertelt’s news website has reported “multiple links” between GSA and Planned Parenthood. Likewise, the letter to MyGirlScoutCouncil.com – a website with detailed explanations of objections to GSA’s pro-abortion views and activities – demanded she stop using the Girl Scout logo on its flyers, says the Times. Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Brett Harvey tells OneNewsNow it’s “perfectly acceptable” to use the Scouts’ logo in that fashion.

Harvey

“Trademark and copyright laws have a doctrine known as the ‘fair use doctrine,’ in which anybody can talk about another organization and even refer to them by name or use their logo as part of a news reporting service or as part of a public commentary or even a critique of the organization,” he explains. “And that’s perfectly acceptable.” The attorney points out that the U.S. Constitution does protect free speech and free press. “You can expose what’s going on and you can provide public criticism and commentary. That’s what public debate is all about,” he offers. “They shouldn’t use laws that are designed to protect people’s intellectual property rights as a stick to bully and intimidate people into silence.” – See more at: http://www.onenewsnow.com/legal-courts/2014/02/20/unhappy-with-pro-abortion-reports-girl-scouts-turns-to-threats#.Uwqz6oXcmIg

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