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In Washington State, Senator Patty “mom in tennis shoes” Murray has a very credible challenger this year, Tiffany Smiley. She is a triage nurse who advocated successfully for her husband, who was blinded in the Army in Iraq. She has a very effective campaign ad out, which has gotten significant pushback by two well-known leftist organizations in Seattle. That would be the Seattle Times, and Starbucks. I would have missed this completely if the linked article had not appeared on RedState.
The ad has Smiley standing in front of an abandoned Starbucks on Capitol Hill in Seattle, near to where the CHAZ was in the summer of 2020. Both Starbucks and the Times sent her “cease and desist” letters, accusing her of illegally using their headlines and corporate logo.
Here’s a short quote from the article.
What was the response? The Seattle Times sent a cease and desist letter to someone named “Jane Smiley.” No, I am not kidding – the dolt lawyer who decided that The Seattle Times was on solid legal ground couldn’t even get Smiley’s name right. The Times claimed that Smiley was using copyrighted material without permission.
One problem: She doesn’t need permission. Smiley’s ad is quoting the Seattle Times, and the ad reproduces the Times logo and banner because that’s where the quotes come from. It’s a political ad. It is clearly not an endorsement by the Seattle Times–and no reasonable person would take it as an endorsement.
This little dustup can only help Smiley, getting her excellent free publicity. The RedState article also has Twitter video you can watch to see the ad. I expect to get to see them in one of the surveys I have been doing for a couple of organizations. Anyway, I think this reflects very poorly on Starbucks and the Seattle Times. Good, they deserve it.Published in