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Nader Wins Battle in Mastercard War

Mastercard takes the position that Ralph Nader has stolen an advertising idea from Mastercard, and has sued the Nader campaign for $15 million in damages. They apparently believe their "famous and renowned 'priceless' advertising campaign" has given them a copyright on the word "priceless."

Ralph takes the position that Mastercard "should lighten up. They're taking their name, 'Master' too seriously. This is America."

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, U. S. District Judge George B. Daniels ruled against Mastercard's request for a restraining order that would have prevented the Nader campaign from continuing to present the commercial on TV or the World Wide Web. Theresa Amato, Nader's campaign manager, said, "We're pleased with the court's ruling, and we believe it's the correct decision. It's clearly a parody, clearly free speech."

The lawsuit continues, but it looks like the court sees Mastercard's case as a weak one.


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