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Goat On Roof Trademark

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the original-goat dept.

The Courts 3

wen1454 writes "Some patrons drive from afar to eat at the restaurant and see the goats that have been going up on Al Johnson's roof since 1973. The restaurant 14 years ago trademarked the right to put goats on a roof to attract customers to a business.... So when a tourist spot 750 miles away decided to deploy a rooftop-caprine population, Mr. Johnson made a federal case of it. Last year, he discovered that Tiger Mountain Market in Rabun County, Ga., had been grazing goats on its grass roof since 2007. Putting goats on the roof wasn't illegal. The violation, Al Johnson's alleged in a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, was that Tiger Mountain used the animals to woo business."

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Intellectual Property (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 4 years ago | (#33655154)

What a great illustration of the true nature of 'intellectual property' - control of the masses' arrangement of their own property for the benefit of the one.

Somebody go tag this restaurant in the online maps so I remember never to eat there if I'm in the area.

Re:Intellectual Property (1)

muphin (842524) | more than 4 years ago | (#33684420)

you just need to remember if you see a goat on a restaurants roof, dont eat there :p

Re:Intellectual Property (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 4 years ago | (#33688850)

Well-played!

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