The People's [Censored], Issue 2
is issue 2 of the People's [Censored], Occupy Baton Rouge's newsletter. Inside find information on the CATS tax, state classified employees' rights, Louisiana's hidden state budget, the exploits of Dictator Jindal, and much, much more.
Issue 2 April 2012 OCCUPY BATON ROUGE OccupyBR.com Free EXCLUSIVE!!!!!!!! For-profit, self-appointed “Independent Voice of South Louisiana” apparently has area monopoly on [censored]ing BY BEN VITELLI Occupy Baton Rouge On January 23, only one day after the release of the first issue of Occupy Baton Rouge’s monthly newsletter “The People’s [Censored],” the OBR email account received a message from the head editor of the [Censored]- -the Baton Rouge daily newspaper, not the gay rights magazine (just so you’re not confused). An excerpt of his email: "While I am flattered that you have copied The [Censored]’s banner and, to an extent, our standard front page design, I must ask you to come up with a new format for your newsletter. As currently presented, your newsletter could cause confusion among your readers that The [Censored] newspa- per and the Occupy Baton Rouge movement are somehow connected. I believe it infringes on our copyright and trademark. While we support free speech and free press, we also must maintain our position as a publication that is not aligned with any particular group or movement.” While it seemed almost impossible that anyone would confuse our online monthly newsletter with the Baton Rouge daily, one of our editors replied to their request, stating that though our independent paper was largely pro- tected as parody, we would add a dis- claimer to our front page. To be per- fectly frank, we were a bit surprised the people at the [Censored] were still aware of our existence, let alone regu- The People’s [Censored] is a publication produced by participants in Occupy Ba- ton Rouge. The People’s [Censored] does not—and could not—represent any- one except its participants. We are in no way affiliated with the [Censored] or their corporate overlords Capitol City Press. The views of the authors are their own. The biggest threat to paid speech is free speech. larly checking our website and Face- book page for updates. Since our at- tempted “Move-In Day” last Black Fri- day, when half the Baton Rouge Police Department decided to use their holi- day weekend and LSU-Arkansas game day to monitor the couple dozen pro- testors hanging out at Arsenal Park, there had been a considerable ab- sence of coverage of our many actions in the [Censored]. This is sadly the way the goldfish- attention spanned mainstream media works, folks. Something is “In” for awhile—it’s fresh and exciting and new, and then suddenly The Next Big Thing comes along and whatever was so important three weeks ago is forgot- ten about and left by the wayside, con- tinuity be damned. It’s a travesty, and it’s a phenomenon that unfortunately stretches far beyond the reaches of our friends at the [Censored]. While we were initially somewhat thrown off by the [Censored]’s com- plaints against our paper, we found being back on their radar for such a trivial technicality slightly flattering. Our newsletter, which hadn’t been up for more than a week, was already receiv- ing threats from high places. The com- mon consensus amongst our members was that we must be doing something right if our modest efforts were still pissing off the Old Guard. Then, the following week, the [Censored] attacked again. Our email account received a letter from some- one introducing himself as a lawyer for Capital City Press, the owners of the [Censored], and was accompanied by a formal demand letter. The three page letter was a threat addressed to one of our members specifically by name. The lawyers spent a lot of time defining “parody” (as well as condescendingly referring us to the Onion which, apparently, is the pin- nacle of parody) and ended with the demand under legal threat that we do the following: “(i) immediately and permanently terminating any further marketing, promotion and/or use of the term ‘The [Censored],’ including any and all confusingly similar or related deri- vations of the mark; “(ii) immediately and permanently removing any and all references and/ or use of the ‘The [Censored]’ trade name/trademark on your website located at http://occupybr.com/, in- cluding all associated webpages, and/or elsewhere on the Internet; “(iii) immediately and permanently terminating any and all further use, display, circulation or distribution of any promotions, advertisements, publications, content and/or market- ing that includes any reference to ‘The [Censored]’; “(iv) signifying your binding ac- ceptance of these terms by signing and returning this consent agree- ment to undersigned counsel by no later than February 14, 2012... ☛ See CENSORED, page 7 Letter to the editor: Education reform With enthusiasm, a ‘yes’ for CATS Bobby’s world State classified employees’ lobbying rights More inside... ☛ PAGE 2 ☛ PAGE 2 ☛ PAGE 3 ☛ PAGE 6 Louisiana’s hidden state budget ☛ PAGE 5 What we’re watching: Freakonomics: The Movie ☛ PAGE 7 censored Censored Censored Censored Censored Censored Censored Censored Censored Censored Censored Censored Censored Censored Censored Censored