On November 17th, former President Trump’s chief spokeswoman, Liz Harrington, sent out a tweet that includes a difficult-to-digest fact for leftists, which is currently causing liberals’ heads to explode. The Twitter post in question simply pointed out that the current inflation debacle wouldn’t be occurring under the former administration.
Harrington’s tweet included a sort of meme featuring the GEICO ad icon doing a play on the well-known “you could save 15% or more” catchphrase associated with the insurance company’s advertisements.
“Switching back to Trump could save you 15% or more on everything.”
ICYMI: Did You Know… pic.twitter.com/VALfEKkdlg
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) November 17, 2021
Harrington has been characterized as former President Trump’s chief spokesperson since June 2021, succeeding Jason Miller, with Harrington previously serving as the Republican National Committee’s spokeswoman.
Yet, it seems as though her November 17th Twitter posting caused some feelings to be hurt on the left. While the triggered-edit to malign Harrington on her Wikipedia page has since been removed, someone had taken to her Wikipedia page to write that she was “the chief lunatic spokesperson for former U.S. President Donald Trump.”
One person who responded to Harrington’s tweet actually tagged GEICO in the responses to proclaim that this meme was “trademark infringement.”
“[GEICO] We’re wondering the same as another who tweeted previously. Is this ok? Do you support Trump? Or is this trademark infringement that needs to be brought to your attention?”
For the record, that’s not how trademark infringement works either, as the obvious meme clearly doesn’t “cause confusion in the minds of consumers about the source or sponsorship of the goods or services,” per the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Continuing the realm of bad legal takes, someone proclaimed that the meme violated copyright laws.
“Chalk up another lawsuit against you for using another companies copyrighted material.”
Outside of the poor grammar showcased. Clearly, the person tweeting the comment in response to a meme doesn’t understand the concept of “fair use” and parody. As noted in the copyright act, fair use of copyrighted material can be used for criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching inside classrooms, research, and of course: parody.
Furthermore, it’s evident that the meme is not being used commercially – one of the four factors considered under fair use.