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Jesus battles for his copyright
Feb. 16, 2004

FEDERAL COURT, NASHVILLE, TN

Attorneys for the messiah, and his representatives, the Christian Country Music Association (CCMA), ran their new logo past an all new focus group today. The focus group, federal judge John Nixon, Thursday found the association in contempt of court for using the acronym CCA, saying the group's logo is still too similar to the CMA mark used by the Country Music Association.

The ruling reqiures the Christian group to stop using the initials and to reimburse the CMA for legal fees it spent to file the comtempt motion.

The CMA had sued the CCMA for copyright infringement in September 2002 to stop it from using "CCMA" as an identifying mark. The CMA claimed that both organizations' involvement in promoting music awards shows created confusion in the minds of the public (?) when similar acronyms were used.

Here is the funny part, all these quotes are real, and all of these lawyers actually do this for a living.

First, the CCMA dropped the M, becoming CCA, then the CMA filed its motion for contempt.

"We thought that CCA wouldn't be a problem since the three initials C, M, and A weren't together in the acronym," said Gene Higgins, president of the Christian Country Music Association.

Unfortunately for Gene, the judge agreed with the CMA that the change to CCA from CCMA violated the spirit of his earlier judgment.

R. Horton Frank (name unchanged), attorney for the CMA and Satan, said, "What my clients want to see them do to avoid confusion is to use the words Christian Country Awards. But anytime you start mixing C's, M's, and A's around, you create a likelihood of confusion between CMA and the CMA's."

So evil... hindering an organization that only works to promote the careers of musicians whom, while being nearly mediocre at best, decided their best way to make it in 'the biz' was to exploit the redneck bible thumping market niche, finding near notoriety in a sad, sad subgenre of remarkably terrible music. It must be especially sad to be beaten out by one of your own kind.