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I could set up an organization called "Chicago Democrats to impeach Daley" and it would be perfectly legal.  The party goons here have no respect for the law, so I might end up with bricks tied to my feet at the bottom of the river, but I could legally do it.

You're lucky the party goons haven't caught on to the possibilities of trademark law. The Democratic Party could decide that they want to defend the use of the label "Democrat" as a trademark and defend it by sending out cease-and-desist letters.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jun 28th, 2007 at 11:53:59 AM EST
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You could no more do that than trade-mark the term "Catholic" and regulate the use of it...  

People can identify however they want.  

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Thu Jun 28th, 2007 at 12:04:11 PM EST
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Well, if you can patent Yoga I wouldn't be too sure ...
by Number 6 on Fri Jun 29th, 2007 at 07:12:10 AM EST
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You can't patent Yoga. What Bikram did was copyright a sequence of Asanas, that is postures or exercises. He postulates that it is unique, however the postures are not his creation just the sequence in which you do them. Ridicules in my opinion. He was able to do this in the US, so I don't know if this is acceptable in Europe or India.
by Fran on Fri Jun 29th, 2007 at 11:07:38 AM EST
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