Caylee Anthony's grandparents apply to trademark her name
George and Cindy Anthony have applied for a trademark on granddaughter Caylee Anthony's name.
May 17th, 2011
07:06 PM ET

Caylee Anthony's grandparents apply to trademark her name

Caylee Anthony's grandparents have applied for trademarks on her name as well as the phrase "Justice for Caylee" to prevent others from using or profiting from the slain Florida toddler's likeness, the couple's lawyer said Tuesday.

George and Cindy Anthony's lawyer also sent a letter this week to Internet marketing company Cafepress.com, demanding that it stop selling a slew of merchandise labeled "Justice for Caylee." The items included T-shirts, boxer shorts, thongs, aprons, Christmas stockings and pet food bowls.

"This website is an affront to the memory of Caylee Anthony and the family will not tolerate the malicious production of her name in any format," stated a May 17 letter from Orlando attorney Mark Lippman  to Cafepress' legal department.

The letter asked that the site pull the merchandise, which it says is libelous in nature, and provide an accounting of all sales and proceeds from the merchandise.

Cafepress had yet to receive the letter, a representative for the California-based company said Tuesday. Cafepress does not create the content on its site, the representative said. The designs are created by consumers, who upload them to the site.

Caylee Anthony's name has appeared on T-shirts, buttons, fliers and merchandise such as dolls since her disappearance in 2008.

Her mother, Casey Anthony, is charged with first-degree murder. Her trial began last week with jury selection in Pinellas County, Florida.

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  1. Kat

    Caylee died in 2008, why now? Where were they when this child needed them? This just sounds like a way to get $$ off her name. They should be ashamed of how much they already have made off of this tragedy and tried to make everyone believe they think their daughter is innocent.

    May 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elliott

      Kat, I agree with you 100%. Maybe they think someone might make t-shirts with Caylee's face and name, then sell them. I tell ya, there is so much more to this sad story than I think we will ever know. I also think that if this woman had been "not white" this would Never have reached the media at such a fever pitch. Also, the Grandparents, well, shame on them. This, as most trials will end up being about Casey and Caylee will be lost in the mix.

      May 17, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey

    When this began, it was obvious that Casey's mother was protecting her daughter, and unconcerned about Caylee.
    The lie that they knew where Caylee was seemed to me to be a joint venture.
    Why is only Casey taking the fall, while her parents concern themselves with profits?

    May 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    @Joey:

    Probably to help defray the cost of her defense, and to cover up the fact that are actually accessories after the fact. Why these two were never charged is beyond me.

    May 17, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan G.

      I guarantee that George and Cindi have worked out immunity deals. No doubt.

      May 18, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey

    @ banasy:
    Thank you for giving the answer I expected.
    @ Blix:
    Please don't imply that, in any way, I advocated not giving a fair trial to the mother, and to the grandparents.

    May 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tldixon

    I've never been to Florida and would like to have seen it but I'd be afraid to catch the version of ignorant and low-class that seems rampant down there-I can't remember the last time I read about anything decent happening in FL

    May 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peggy Holley

      Maby that is because Florida has the sunshine law and everything is made public.I'm sure lots of bad things are going on in your state but they are never made public'Florida is a beautiful state wit lots of great people.

      May 17, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jan

      But most of the weird ones are from somewhere else.

      May 17, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. casey

    Was set up. .he perv father did it

    May 17, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey

    @ dixon:
    Not even Anita Bryant?

    May 17, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • tldixon

      She superseded the election being handed to that idiot little shrub- the beginning of my fear and loathing for FL-the Anthonys and BP sealed the deal

      May 17, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Surf_Dog

    This has more to do with book and movie deals than with protecting the memory of their grand daughter!

    And besides, this process has taken way too long. Pretty much all of the lurid details have come out, there is very little new that will come out in the court room. As for the defense, there is very little offer. All the defense can do is some damage control, perhaps even negotiate a plea deal. However, at this point in time the prosecution will no longer be interested in making a deal.

    There is very little new to look forward to in the upcoming trial except some more grand standing and attempts at a few more minutes of fame by Casey Anthony.

    Oh, and the services of Joan Baez don't come cheap either. You darn right the grand parents are taking action to trademark their grand daughter's name since they are paying the bills; and they will need the money from the book and movie rights to do it, since their daughter can not profit from her crime according to the law.

    May 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • carat

      No, the grandparents are NOT paying the legal bills. The taxpayers of Florida are paying them.

      May 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Arnold

    @blix....
    HOW DARE YOU IMPLIE THAT I GET MY INFORMATION FROM THE INTERNET!
    THE PRETTY PEOPLE ON MY TV TOLD ME SHE DID IT.

    May 17, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    @Gena:

    There were two posts by a troll posted here when Golfin wrote that. They have since been deleted. They were the first two posts. They were not, in any way, shape, or form, sarcasm. They were inflammatory. Golfin was reacting to that.

    May 17, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. brooks09

    Now they want to protect her? Where were they when she was alive? They knew their daughter wasn't taking care of her and never did anything about it because they were thinking more for their daughter then their own grandaughter. I really don't know how they sleep at night. That poor little girl had a very shor life because nobody protected or cared enough. The mother, grandparents, uncle and other family members that knew what was going on did NOTHING about it. I hope you all go to hell for that. RIP little angel!

    May 17, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lisa

    I hope ANYONE with money jumps in and gets the trademark "Justice for Caylee" instead of them. They didn't have justice for their granddaughter on their minds for 3 years.. now they want to take away what everyone ELSE feels and wants for and about this case. Please, someone!! Don't let them do this.

    May 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    @Gena: my apologies. I was thinking of another thread with the same topic.

    Carry on, Dr. Jones.

    May 17, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy

    That, and I don't have a "reply to" button feature on the mobile version of CNN. Wish I did. Again, mea culpa.

    May 17, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Indy Dr.Jones

      Just went from Blackberry to Droid and I can reply. As far as web browsing goes this phone by far beats a Blackberry. I can play the videos on the web pages too.

      May 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mary

    Of course they would like the name of their granddaughter kept from being used for profit. And of course they would not want their own child to die if convicted..
    why don't people try to understand the terrible position these people are in.. The horrendous publicity and the hatred directed at them..
    Any person that thinks, as a parent, they could just sit back and not try to save their daughter from death, no matter what she has done, no matter how much what she did hurt them.. Is no better than Casey Anthony..
    So while you want justice for a horrible woman who has been accused of killing her child, you expect these people to stand back and let the law kill theirs, and do nothing to try to stop it.. ?
    Thats sort of a double standard isn't it? Wouldn't that be just as horrible as a parent, to not try to save your child..?
    This is a horrendous nightmare they are living.
    If they are odd balls or whatever people want to think of them... Why do they deserve punishment for being the parents of the woman accused of killing their grandchild?
    Good grief.. People need to get a grip on all the judgment and hatred...
    Let the law do it's thing. The truth will come out..

    May 17, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not an enabler

      Honestly I don't think I could forgive a child of mine that was a callous murdering bar $k&nk that showed no caring whatsoever that her daughter (my grandchild) was dead. Maybe the fruit doesn't fall too far from the tree in that family and the victim's grandparents feel guilty for raising a monster.

      May 17, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
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