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Kelsang Gyatso and Donald Trump

Both legendary sectarian politicians, manipulate while hate the press, proud of wealth drained from others, boast of being number one, separatists, feel authentic, marketers, promise the ultimate solution, threaten lawsuits, competitive, paint others as evil, crazed by criticism, narcissistic, call their rival a Muslim, fear mongering and focus on our basest instinct, ego.

August 20, 2015, Kelsang Gyatso filed complaint against nktworld.org for trademark infringement, the web site seen as an existential threat.

Kelsang Gyatso's lawyer claimed,

"The existence of the NKTworld.org domain has caused confusion for thousands of individuals searching for the New Kadampa Tradition online. The New Kadampa Tradition requests the immediate removal of the domain name NKTworld.org before more damages are incurred...under penalty of perjury that the website owner of NKTworld.org has violated the registered trademark 'NKT' by creating and promoting a domain name and website that was not authorized by the New Kadampa Tradition - International Kadampa Buddhist Union, who are the legal owners of the registered trademark...The website NKTworld.org is attempting to confuse the public by utilizing the name 'NKT."

Clear to everyone, all false allegations. Thousands of web pages have used the term NKT over the past 25 years. Many web sites have the letters 'NKT' in their domain name. Many products have the letters 'NKT' in their brand name. Kelsang Gyatso has NO monopoly on the use of the letters 'NKT'. Kelsang Gyatso redefines the word 'absurd'.

July 2008, nktworld.org began, which apparently inspired Kelsang Gyatso to purchase a trademark for 'NKT' 7 years later as a ploy to terminate nktworld.org. Interestingly, August 17, 2015, DomainSigma noted, "Nktworld.org is 7 years old. The website is in English and its content is safe for family. No malware was detected on the website."

Donald Trump has a similarly bogus action against a web site.

From a September 24, 2015 ArsTechica news story,

"Donald Trump unleashes trademark-fury on critic’s website: Trump legal team's fantasy: use trademark law to shutter StopTrump.us.

Perhaps he was jealous that Ben Carson was getting all the attention for bogus trademark claims?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to stop StopTrump.us, a website that sells a variety of anti-Trump paraphernalia, including T-shirts and other doodads that have slogans like "Donald is Dumb" and "Stop Trump." His lawyer has sent a cease-and-desist letter, ordering the website, to stop selling its anti-Trump wares, and hand over the domain name.

"As I am sure you are aware, the Trump (R) name is internationally known and famous as a result of Mr. Trump's long, extensive, and high-profile business and entertainment related activities," writes Trump's General Counsel Alan Garten in the letter, which was obtained by The Huffington Post. "It has come to our attention that you have registered the Domain Name STOPTRUMP.US and have made a deliberate attempt to sell T-shirts online using TRUMP and DONALD TRUMP brands without any authorization from Mr. Trump."

"Mr Trump considers this to be a very serious matter," Garten concludes. Trump "has authorized our legal team to take all necessary and appropriate actions to bring an immediate halt to your blatant and unauthorized use of his trademark."

Washington Post blogger and law prof Eugene Volokh points out that Trump has no case whatsoever. No one will be confused into thinking that the "Stop Trump" website or its gear for sale is authorized by Trump; and even if someone was confused, the trademark confusion and cybersquatting laws both allow for fair use, and criticism is the classic example.

Still, some trademark bullies get away with it just by being bigger than their targets, and using legal language in a threatening manner. That seems extremely unlikely to happen here. Trump isn't the only campaign team with lawyers. As the political season heats up, the Massachusetts-based activists behind StopTrump.us are likely to have offers of help from lawyers on the opposite side of the political spectrum.

"The lawsuit is pure publicity gold for the business," writes Volokh. "What a brilliant marketing tactic by the T-shirt people — but why is the Trump campaign playing along?"

The trademark letter is the second cease-and-desist sent out by the Trump team in the last few days. Politico reported yesterday that Trump sent a letter to the conservative group Club for Growth, which has begun airing commercials on what it views as his too-liberal record on issues like health care. Trump says those ads are "replete with outright lies, false, defamatory and destructive statements and downright fabrications."

Club for Growth president David McIntosh responded that Trump should "grow up" and "stop whining.""

Some reader comments,

"In an ideal world, Trump's attorney would be promptly disbarred for even entertaining his client's request to try to block clearly legal free speech and parody materials.

Add the 1st Amendment to the list of things Trump wants to build a fence around.

If he uses any other candidates name in print, they should go after him.

Trump does a superb job of illustrating the difference that money makes in terms of opportunity. A run of the mill idiot would never have a chance to be president but a rich idiot? "Right this way Mr. Candidate!"

"...outright lies, false, defamatory and destructive statements and downright fabrications." You have to admit that if you had to find one person who's an expert in that subject in a hurry, Trump would be top of the list.

Arguably he's currently the smartest candidate on the GOP side. My suspicion is that Mr. Trump has figured out exactly how to mobilize the so-called GOP "base" and handily paints his opponents (in the eyes of said base) as weak and inefficient. That takes a unique level of understanding of American politics and showmanship ability that certainly suggests intelligence. He might be evil, but he's definitely not stupid.

Donald Trump has a long history of legal thuggery, which is why I have a hard time offering him any kind of support even if I agree with a lot of the stuff that he says. It was just a matter of time before something like this happened."

Grow up and stop whining.

To help Kelsang Gyatso sleep, nktworld.org content was deleted August 26, 2015. Maybe now, he will reduce his name calling of incompetent, liar and false.

From Wikipedia, a favorite outlet for Kelsang Gyatso,

"Extortion (also called shakedown, outwrestling, and exaction) is a criminal offense of obtaining money, property, or services from a person, entity, or institution, through coercion. It is sometimes euphemistically referred to as a "protection racket" since the racketeers often phrase their demands as payment for "protection" from (real or hypothetical) threats from unspecified other parties. Extortion is commonly practiced by organized crime groups. The actual obtainment of money or property is not required to commit the offense. Making a threat of violence which refers to a requirement of a payment of money or property to halt future violence is sufficient to commit the offense. Exaction refers not only to extortion or the unlawful demanding and obtaining of something through force, but additionally, in its formal definition, means the infliction of something such as pain and suffering or making somebody endure something unpleasant."