In response to San Diego Comic-Con International’s cease and desist letter, Salt Lake Comic Con is letting its fans and attendees know that the 2nd Annual Salt Lake Comic Con is on schedule and won’t be stopped by San Diego.
The recent cease and desist letter requests that Salt Lake Comic Con not use the term “Comic Con” for any event, logo, trademark or website moving forward because they believe it causes confusion in the marketplace. They further claim in the letter ownership of all variations of the generic term “Comic Con.” No formal legal process has occurred and Salt Lake Comic Con is under no obligation to respond to the strongly worded letter from Comic-Con International’s attorneys or comply with any of their demands.
“We want to assure fans, sponsors, partners and the general public that the show will go on. We will have another record-breaking event in September and we are currently under no legal obligation to change our current course in any way,” said Dan Farr, Salt Lake Comic Con Founder and Show Producer. “We’re prepared to do whatever it takes to protect our event, intellectual property and secure our ability to produce the Salt Lake Comic Con.”
Since receiving the cease and desist request letter, Salt Lake Comic Con shared the letter online. To view a copy of the cease and desist letter and resource page for this issue, click here.
Comic Conventions and other similar events are becoming more and more popular and are being held in cities across the country from Salt Lake City, Utah to Boston, Massachusettsand from Little Rock, Arkansas to Stockton, California. In August 2014 alone there are at least eleven Comic-book conventions scheduled in the United States. By threatening Salt Lake Comic Con, San Diego threatens all conventions that use a variation of Comic Con. Inthe United States alone that number exceeds more than 100 conventions and the number increases significantly with international events.
“The cease and desist letter is baseless and under no circumstances will we surrender our Website, our logo or any of the other things called for in the letter, “said Bryan Brandenburg, Salt Lake Comic Con Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer. “San Diego Comic-Con cannot stop us from holding our show in September. Our attorneys have assured us that we have every right to use the name Salt Lake Comic Con and we hopeSan Diego is willing to resolve this amicably. We have the resources and are fully prepared to defend our rights and business against this predatory act.”