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Thor Steinar loses case against clothing brand mocking neo-Nazis

DPA/The Local · 11 Aug 2010, 14:48

Published: 11 Aug 2010 14:48 GMT+02:00

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Thor Steinar’s manufacturer, Media Tex, was warned by a judge last month that the charges against the anti-fascist parody was largely unfounded.

Media Tex had alleged that the brand had been damaged by the humorous label. But Judge Horst Rottmann said there was no danger that the two could be confused.

Furthermore, Storch Heinar creator Mathias Brodkorb, an MP for the centre-left Social Democrats in the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, was protected under the country’s freedom of speech laws, the court said.

Brodkorb came up with the satirical brand, featuring a stork with a silly Hitler-style moustache and haircut, as part of the Social Democratic activist organisation Endstation Rechts, which aims to fight right-wing extremism in his state.

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Its shirts, which have sold well since being launched in 2008, also bear mocking anti-fascist slogans such as “the Führer had only one egg (ball),” a reference to a popular World War II-era song that poked fun at the Nazis.

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17:11 August 11, 2010 by freechoice
in this day in age, there are still outdated nazis...

millions have died in vain....
17:34 August 11, 2010 by 9900lawre
If the drunk homeless man had worn one of these t-shirts instead of making a supposed salute he would still be stood in the park getting drunk.
07:07 August 12, 2010 by JAMessersmith
WWII is very tragic from any perspective, but especially so for a German-American. Our ancestral homeland, the Fatherland, was destroyed, and our relatives were killed, which seems all the more pointless since our countrymen had no particular love for either of the two major adversaries (i.e. Nazis and Soviets). Both committed heinous crimes against humanity, and it's rather pointless to compare who did worse; a life is a life, and a dictator is a dictator.

Some 400,000 Americans died in the war, which is, needless to say, no small sacrifice, but that was only a fraction of the men Germany and the Soviet Union lost. Entire generations of young people were wiped out... mostly kids (in the sense of young soldiers) and civilians, who were hardly responsible for the crimes committed by Hitler and Stalin. They were mere cannon fodder in the grand scheme of things. Granted, democracy is not a perfect system, and America is by no means the world's savior, but in that time and place, I think we did well to defeat Hitler and simultaneously keep Stalin out of Western Europe. What's happened since then is hindsight, and we haven't always been the good guys, but the "Greatest Generation", as we call them here in America, did good by their country and served as a small beacon of hope in an age of utter insanity.

I had relatives who fought on both sides, and I can't blame the German side for fighting for their country, given the circumstances, but I am proud to say my grandfather and great-uncles fought against and defeated their oppressor. I just wonder how different things would've been had the war been fought in different times. Would we have still bombed cities and civilian centers like we did? And if we didn't do that, would we have still won the war, and kept the Russians out of the West? It's difficult to say.
01:13 August 13, 2010 by Prufrock2010
I think this case was properly decided on established intellectual property law and not on politics. That's a good thing. That said, f**k the nazis.
03:34 August 17, 2010 by Bob Morris
I wqas going to write something, but "JA Messersmith" said it for me, and said it better than I would have. (That said, I wonder if he is related to the manufacturers of the ME-series fighters and bombers?)
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