Former Rep Ted Klaudt claims “common law copyright” in his name to try and suppress news stories about him being a sick child rapist

Hey Ted Klaudt, I got your licensing fee right here!

We sure do see a lot of intellectual property abuse around here. This has to be the best one yet. Former South Dakota State Representative Ted Klaudt claims that he has a “common law copyright” in his name, and thus any news organization or other publication that uses his name must pay him a licensing fee of $500,000. (source)

It gets better.

Mr. Klaudt apparently started sending notices of his “common law copyright” to news agencies in order to stop them from reporting on the fact that he is serving time for raping his foster daughters. Klaudt was convicted on four counts of rape for fondling his underage foster daughters in “examinations” that he performed on them under the ruse of claiming that he was going to help them sell their eggs to infertile couples. The sick bastard got 44 years in prison for rape and another 10 years for tampering with witnesses in his trial.

Klaudt’s letter to the Associated Press claims that anyone who wants to use his name must “file a written request 20 days in advance,” and that he would pursue claims against anyone who violated the notice.

I can’t be certain what the motivation for this move might be, but I presume that Klaudt doesn’t like the fact that news organizations like to inform the public about sick bastards who molest their own kids — especially when they happen to be lawmakers (or ex-lawmakers as it were). I guess he figured that this would convince a few people to stop using his name.

Guess what Klaudt, you just made yourself even more famous, short eyes.

8 Responses to Former Rep Ted Klaudt claims “common law copyright” in his name to try and suppress news stories about him being a sick child rapist

  1. ES says:

    I bet he’s so proud of himself for thinking of this novel legal theory that even them damn lawyers (pronounced “liars” in South Dakota) couldn’t come up with.

  2. metasonix says:

    a) you forgot to note that Ted is a very conservative Republican. Who opposes any kind of birth control.

    b) nice to see that you’ve been reading Get Off My Internets, Marc…..;)

  3. Windypundit says:

    I’m guessing that at some point he’ll also be talking about how the UCC overrides criminal law, personal sovereignty, and redemption theory. It’s an old story.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Copyright for a name? Really? Did he go to law school?

  5. JSH says:

    Looks like Rep. Klaudt got a hold of a book called “Cracking the Code.” If you’re interested in learning what he’s probably up to, read this Tenth Circuit opinion:

    Interesting, but completely insane.

  6. […] says news organizations that use it in coverage have to pay him $500,000 in licensing fees, blogs The Legal Satyricon.  That’s TED KLAUDT making the claim.  TED […]

  7. […] theory sounds familiar, it’s because it’s remarkably similar to the one asserted by unblanaced child-rapists who try to assert copyright in their names to deter news stories about them. (Please note that this […]

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