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Collegiate Licensing Partnership Association
Licensing Resource Group

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Added February 27, 2007


Last Updated - December 13, 2009

So what do Iowa University, University of Hawaii, University of Iowa, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Western Michigan University have in common? They all hired the Collegiate Licensing Partnership Association ("CLPA") to be their low life scum ball cyber cops to police their trademarks on the internet. We are sure more institutions of higher learning will soon join these ranks as they are not the lest bit concerned with the legal rights of the Work At Home Moms ("WAHM") who were perfectly within their rights to make and sell items made from licensed fabrics.

This circus began when a division of Fabrique Innovations, Sykel Fabrics, began distributing licensed collegiate prints. Sy Garfinkel, president and head twit, began emailing people telling them to stop reselling the fabric and that they could not sell items made from the fabric. All hot air and lacking gonads, Sy Garfinkel never followed through on his threats of dire action although he did stupidly have his lawyer at Reed Smith, LLC send us a stupid threatening letter.

The second ring of the circus began in April 2006, when the Collegiate Licensing Company began terminating eBay auctions over the use of the licensed fabrics. They were met with opposition through legal arguments and appeared to back off of their position. It appears some asshole from Sykel Fabrics named Howard Leibowitz had a hand in this episode.

Now the third ring of the circus, bring in the clowns, the not very funny clowns, the Collegiate Licensing Partnership Association and the Licensing Resource Group ("LRG") who appears to own and operate CLPA. They are using some low life Cyber Cops by the redundant name of OpSec Security to troll the internet for them. Some moron named Jack Landrigan, Client and Legal Services Manager, appears to be the head clown at Licensing Resource Group. His fancy title would suggest he is an attorney but he is not a member of the Michigan Bar Association. Perhaps he is practicing law without a license? Nah. He is not that smart. But it appears Michael Van Wieren is more stupid than Jack.

When contacted by the eBay sellers, JackAss Landrigan can't be bothered to reply himself so he has a canned response sent to all who email him. JackAss Landrigan doesn't seem to know that paragraphs are his friend so his response is one long boring paragraph that shows his real lack of understanding of trademark law in general. So Jacky-poo, let us inform you.

The origin of the product that you sell was likely approved by the trademark owner; however, when a licensed product is altered and enhanced, that product becomes a new licensable good that is subject to the licensing requirements of the legal trademark owner.
Wrong armpit breath. In Precious Moments vs La Infantil, 971 F. Supp. 66 (D.P.R. 1997), the court ruled making licensed fabric into bedding and selling it was perfectly legal. But, when this argument was pointed out to JackAss Landrigan, the eBay seller received a response from one Michael Van Wieren, Doofus and Legal Counsel for Licensing Resource Group, LLC. The problem here is that the Michigan Bar Association does not list Michael Van Wieren, Doofus and Legal Counsel for Licensing Resource Group, LLC, as being licensed to practice in the State of Michigan. So Mike, isn't putting "Legal Counsel" after your name unethical? Or don't you care? We think you don't. Why? We'll tell you.

Mike "I am not a lawyer" Van Wieren dismisses the Precious Moments case as being copyright and therefore not relevant. However, Mike "I am not a lawyer" Van Wieren, the court said making licensed fabric into bedding and selling it was perfectly legal. But you don't really care because your employer is paying you to lie to the victims of their actions. And you lie well, just like a flea-ridden rug. But then, you are just another bottom-feeding corporate lawyer who sits back and collects the pay check after trying to ruin the lives of a lot of small businesses and Work At Home Moms ("WAHM"). And you don't care that some of these people are supplementing their incomes because of disability or disease that renders them unable to hold a full time job. Not, not you. You have yours so to hell with them and their rights. Your country club dues trump their rights.

Our attitude is to hell with the Collegiate Licensing Partnership Association and the Licensing Resource Group; both suck. As do their owners, managers and employees.




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