name is Jim Ray. While searching the internet for links
to clowning-related pages, I was confonted with your page,
and to say the least, I was extremely offended by your website...
Now WAIT--before you go off and take this as a complete
complaint, I want you to know that I KNOW you have (1) the
right to expression, and (2) the right, frankly, to not
like clowns. But literally thousands of children DO like
clowns, and search for the word "Clowns" every day. While
you do have the right to expression, you do not have the
right slanderize the entire clowning industry, nor any particular
agree with you on some of the things on your page--that
picture of the clown on the tracks? I think that is an extremely
poor use of judgement on their part. I would have complained
about that myself.
what you are doing is EXTREMELY detrimental to the art of
clowning. Thus, I would ask you to please remove all detrimental
and/or destructive graphics and materials from your page.
I don't think we have to elaborate on what is opinion and
what is destructive--good common sense tells us both that.
contacted geocities on the content of your page, Yahoo!
about the link to your site, as well as the companies from
which you have received your awards, as well as the WGN
Broadcasting company concerning your graphics. Please do
not take this personally; but the content of your page is
more than just an opinion--it is a complete display of hatred
toward the art of clowning.
you wish to contact me, you may do so at JRayEnterprises@juno.com.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
here's one from Bozo's lawyers (I just love lawyers - I'll
admit, I probably shouldn't have been using Bozo for a main
page image, but hey - I guess I learned my lesson for today)
Objection to Use of BOZOS.COM Domain Name and Use of Clown
Face on BozOS Corp. Web Page (Our Ref. HAR USA TC-96/9176)
represent Larry Harmon Pictures Corporation ("LHPC") in
trademark matters. LHPC is the owner of all rights in the
famous clown character "Bozo."
owns numerous U.S. and foreign federal trademark and copyright
registrations for the famous trademark BOZO and for a clown
face design. Our client's trademark registrations for the
BOZO trademark cover a wide variety of goods and services,
including U.S. Reg. No. 1,570,320 for the service mark BOZO
for entertainment services in the nature of a children's
television program and entertainment services in the nature
of live performances by a clown character. The registration,
which issued on December 5, 1989 and is incontestable, reflects
that our client began using this mark for these goods at
least as early as 1949.
weekly BOZO THE CLOWN television show has been continuously
broadcast for over 37 years in Chicago, and the current
Chicago station that broadcasts it, WGN, is a cable superstation
whose weekly BOZO THE CLOWN show is carried in numerous
cable television markets around the country. In addition,
the Bozo The Clown character has an active presence on the
Internet. WGN's web page features the BOZO THE CLOWN character,
including an audio message and a feature that enables fans
to send e-mail to Bozo the Clown.
through many years of use and our client's extensive efforts,
the BOZO trademark and Bozo The Clown character have become
famous and represents substantial goodwill to our client.
come to our attention that you are operating a web site
devoted to expressing your anti-clown sentiments which is
located at http:\\www.geocities.com/Colosseum/2430/clown.html.
You have copied an image depicting Bozo the Clown that appears
on the WGN web site and are using this as part of the "logo"
which appears at your web site. Please be advised that use
of this photograph on your page violates the protected copyright
in both the photograph and the character Bozo the Clown.
you have superimposed the international prohibition symbol
over the BOZO photograph in your logo, to suggest a "NO
BOZOS" idea. LHPC owns U.S. Copyright Registration No. VA
128-378 of a "NO BOZOS" image consisting of the BOZO character's
head and shoulders in a circle with the international prohibition
symbol superimposed across the character. Your depiction
of this image on your site violates our client's copyright
in this design.
client is the sole and exclusive owner of intellectual property
rights in the BOZO THE CLOWN character. Your use of a photograph
of BOZO THE CLOWN on your home page is likely to produce
confusion. Internet browsers searching for BOZO THE CLOWN
on the Web can easily locate your site using Internet search
engines and think they have located our client's own web
site. Further confusion would be produced by the content
of your site. All of this constitutes unfair competition,
trademark infringement, and trademark dilution in violation
of federal and state laws.
right you may have to express your anti-clown views does
not extend to violating the protected copyright and trademark
rights of others, as the present configuration of your site
we demand that you immediately remove the photograph of
BOZO THE CLOWN from your web page and agree not to use any
photograph of BOZO THE CLOWN on the web page in the future.
response indicates that you will immediately undertake the
above steps to cease your infringing activities, our client
is prepared to waive monetary recovery for your infringing
use of its intellectual property. This letter is without
prejudice and all of our clients' rights to take action
to protect its valuable trademarks and copyrights are expressly