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Keep Calm Campaign

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We need your support to overturn an unscrupulous trademark registration of the now iconic, British WWII motivational poster -'KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON'

This very well known British phrase is now trademarked!
On the 25th March 2011, 'Business man' Mark Coop of a company named Keep Calm and Carry On LTD registered an EU trademark of the very well known phrase "KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON" in an attempt to take ownership of the very British and now very famous, nostalgia invoking, wartime poster. He was refused the trademark in the UK so he turned to the European Union trademark office knowing that they may grant the application as they knew very little history about it. He also has a trademark pending in the United States & Canada.
The WWII Keep Calm poster is now 74 years old and therefore outside of Crown copyright meaning that the design can now be freely used by anyone from designers, card makers, poster makers...anyone. It has now become recognised as an icon to reflect the British spirit and 'stiff upper lip' attitude in the face of trouble and adversity. It belongs to the nation now, it is sad to see this iconic phrase from WWII solely be owned as a money making device for a greedy, modern day businessman.
The trademark has disgusted everyone from Barter Books (who re-discovered the WWII poster and brought it to the public in 2001), wartimeposters.co.uk (owners of another original poster) and Kerry Cade (represented by Trade Mark Direct) whose eBay business was greatly affected by the trademark. The move by Mark Coop is obviously driven purely to make money 'no matter what' and is far from the spirit of the wartime poster. We simply cannot not let this happen and we aim to reverse this at the EU trademark office. It is a disgrace and we need your help to overturn this and preserve our heritage!... with your help this will be our finest hour and Victory in Europe will prevail!

Thank you everyone so far, we have had so many visitors of support that this site is now viral! This campaign seems to have not only touched a nerve with the people of Britain but right around the world. Comments not just on this site, but everywhere on the Internet are reflecting strong support for this cause and is overwhelmingly against Mark Coop, but still he refuses to fix his broken moral compass and withdraw the trademark.
The Keep Calm Campaign website has now featured in the Daily Mail & BBC news (see in the press below).



The Story of Keep Calm and Carry On (only 3 mins)



UPDATE
01/05/2013
Well, there hasn't been must activity for a while, we must be close to a decision soon! Anyway, here is an article published today in the Los Angeles Times in the U.S.A.
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03/02/2013
Mr Coops getting desperate now. Clutching at straws. Speaks to the Daily Star Sunday & accuses the campaign as being a witch hunt.

He states ...
“They are encouraging people to ­bombard me with hate mail and threats. I’ve had to report stuff to the police.”

This is a typical tactic of this man. He is spinning lies in an attempt to get some sympathy or support for his unethical business tactics. We have NEVER asked anyone to harass him. He is not the victim he makes out to be. Please read the article and make up your own mind.
Read the article here


04/01/2013
Yahoo News - Keep Calm and call in the lawyers.
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02/01/2013
The Guardian - Northerner Blog. Kindly links to the petition.
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02/01/2013
Northeast news - News article in the The Journal
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07/06/2012
We would like to thank everyone for the (pre-trademark) evidence of 'Keep Calm activity' emailed in over the past few weeks. It has all now been forwarded to Trademark Direct who have submitted it before the 06/06/12 deadline set by the EU trademark office. We are hoping the decision will not be long now...

08/03/2012
No news yet. We were advised at the start that the process could take approx 6 months. Lets hope that victory & common sense is just around the corner.

13/12/2011
Please contact us if you have had eBay listings removed due to eBays's VeRO program. We will advise you on what you can do next.

30/11/2011

McDaniel & Co, Intellectual Property and Commercial Law experts, have joined the fight against Mr Coop and others attempting to trade mark 'Keep Calm' in various fields. As well as working directly on behalf of Barter Books, they will be pleased to advise, without charge, anyone who has been adversely affected by Mr Coops' actions, especially those who have had their eBay accounts suspended.

If you would like assistance in this area, please contact Stuart at barterbooks.co.uk in the first instance, giving details of your trading and Mr Coop's action against you.

29/09/2011
Mr Coop now claims (surprise!) that he owns an original Keep Calm poster and produces all of his products from this. He has not produced evidence of this to support his claims nor did he mention it in his BBC radio interview as would be expected? As collectors of wartime memorabilia we have learned that his claim is a lie. Can Mr Coop stoop any lower?


IN THE PRESS


The battle reaches right across America on the TIME Magazine website!
It's War! Battle Erupts Over Poster Phrase 'Keep Calm and Carry On'

BBC Look North


Dailymail.co.uk
Keep calm but don't carry on


Keep Calm Campaign is in the The Telegraph...
Keep Calm and Carry On poster is causing a storm

On BBC Radio 4 - You and yours program
Listen Now on BBC iPlayer - fast forward to 37:00 to listen to the article




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National icon that belongs to the public
Keep Calm and Carry On was created by the British government at the start of World War II and was to be used in the event of a German invasion or catastrophic event. It was never required and was lost in time until 2001 when it was re-discovered in a box of old books by Stuart Manley of Barter Books. His wife Mary had it framed and displayed in the bookshop and they then produced copies and brought the much loved 'Keep Calm' poster to the public. As the poster is now older than 50 years, it is out of crown copyright and in the public domain, free for everyone to use. Mark Coop took his copy from Barter Books in 2007, removed their name, registered 'keepcalmandcarryon.com' and then started using the image for his own purposes without acknowledging his source. He has now attempted to take this from the public to exploit for his own personal & selfish gain by restricting everyone, apart from himself, from freely using the image of the poster.

Read more about how Mark Coop setup his business including stolen research from Dr Bex Lewis (the person responsible for researching the history of the poster!)
Visit Dr Bex Lewis's website >>

YesNoMaybe, a company that was selling products before Mark Coop.
Visit the YesNoMaybe website for the details >>

What is being be done?
On 19/09/2011 Trade Mark Direct submitted an application to cancel the trademark on the grounds that the words are too widely used for one person to own the exclusive rights. The case has taken over 12 months so far and may take another 4-6 months. In the meantime, we are continuing to collect registrations of support from the public to submit to the EU trademark office and to prevent future attempts to register 'Keep Calm' trademarks.
We are calling on the nations 'war-time spirit' to fight Mark Coop & others will evil plans of domination. We must return 'Keep Calm and Carry On' to the people of Britain, and to keep it that way..... we must 'keep calm and fight on!
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Your e-petition registration is very important in protecting KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON - WE NEED YOU!

Read about Trade Mark Directs role in saving Keep Calm >>


Who are we?

We are a group of wartime enthusiasts, collectors & traders who hold two rare surviving original 'Keep Calm and Carry On' posters outside of the British national archives.
We are totally appalled by the underhand actions of Mark Coop. Some of us sell 'Keep Calm' products but unlike him, we do not agree that its free use should be taken away from the public. Mark Coop claims that he brought the poster to the public but the widely known truth is that it was really Stuart & Mary (Barter Books) who discovered and brought 'Keep Calm' to the public in the first place!

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17/06/2013
"I strongly object to the ridiculous attempt by Mark Coop to copyright this old and traditional British slogan. It's akin to someone trying to copyright the Royal family - utterly ridiculous!"

14/06/2013
"My wish is that the slogan "Keep calm and carry on" and the poster are freely available in the public domain. If this phrase can copyrighted why not others? "Merry Christmas" or "Best regards" might earn a pretty penny - oh, wait "earn a pretty penny" may be copyrighted. "

08/06/2013
"I'm trying very very hard to keep calm, but....clearly there is ample evidence of "prior use" of this intellectual property, use in fact well prior to this gentleman's birth. Allowing him to register his claim is an obvious injustice."

05/06/2013
"I do not believe that the poster and words contained are the sole property of any one individual. "

03/06/2013
"I believe it should be kept within the heritage to honor the message it was sending for the World Wars. Keep Calm and Fight On!"

31/05/2013
"I'm not from England, but I believe it is incredibly wrong for one man to even think of applying for a trade mark on this. It shouldn't be allowed. "

29/05/2013
"This was made from the british for the british and it should stay that way, it is morally wrong that someone is able to copyright this as it is part of the british heritage and history, no single person should exclusively gain on what was meant for all, "

29/05/2013
"I believe this should be available freely for anyone as it was a british slogan designed for the british people. It is too widely a used term for one person to have a copyright over this and it is morally wrong that mr coop is able to have copyright over this. I understand that he copyrighted it first but this shouldn't be a 'he copyrighted it first' situation as this phrase should have no copyright as it means a lot in our history and heritage. Also I would just like to make aware I have no ill will against mr coop and wish him every success in the future but I would prefer if he used a different phrase like 'I'm sorry, carry on' haha just joking, "

28/05/2013
"I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often."

24/05/2013
"I agree entirely. It would be a national disgrace to allow an individual to profit from a poster produced by government and surely still owned by government."

21/05/2013
"RUBBISH!"

16/05/2013
"The slogan is part of our national heritage. How can it belong to one man?"

15/05/2013
"Some things are never about money, and the bravery of Britain and the British people during WW11 is one of them. This phrase is a symbol of that bravery and British resolution. It belongs to all British people!!"

15/05/2013
"I was born in Britain and my mother and grandmother lived through the blitz. My father was a WW11 bomber pilot. This phrase belongs to all of Britain, not just one person. I live in Canada now, and I will work to prevent this trademark from succeeding here as well."

14/05/2013
"When one man can own the nostalgia of millions, then the very point of the original message has been sadly wasted. To 'sell out' to one shrewd business man, would be utterly shaming to the millions that it originally inspired. Some things should be left alone...."

08/05/2013
"Keep Calm and Carry On is the property of the Nation, not of one individual. Long live Barter Books!"

08/05/2013
"Stupid man. Well, presumably not stupid as he thought up this scam, but stupid as in What an idiot!"

06/05/2013
"Free the words!!! "

02/05/2013
"As Mr Stuart has said, It's like trying to trademark the line "It was the best of times.""

30/04/2013
"As an avid poster collector that prints and sells out of copyright posters, I am totally amazed at this man's gall..! KEEP CALM AND STRING HIM UP..!"

24/04/2013
"Trademarks belong to the Originators! "Keep Calm and Carry On belongs to the people!!! - Shanette (Your friend in the US)"

23/04/2013
"As the poster and the phrasing was created for the good of the nation and its people, the right to use it should remain with the nation and all its people rather than with just one person seeking only to profit from others."

23/04/2013
"Trademarking designs such as this should never be allowed, as they were created by civil servants for the public, not for anyone to profit from exclusively. This belongs to all citizens of the UK, not just one person/business."

19/04/2013
"It is a message of good hope and strength, it should be available to everyone, no one shady person trying to turn it into a lucrative deal. People today need to stand together and should not be charged in order to do so."

17/04/2013
"Once again the EU ties us up in knots. "

13/04/2013
"How can anyone copyright such a well known phrase that has been in existence for such a long time. It is like trying to copyright the English language and I hope that common sense prevails and in any case I would just ignore copyright. I am planning to use a keep calm slogan for my son and daughter in law when they get married in June this year "KEEP CALM YOU'RE MARRIED""

11/04/2013
"Best of luck with campaign"

09/04/2013
"This slogan belongs to the British people; no one person can claim copyright on it. This is another example of the Eurocrats telling what we can and cannot do in this country. We must continue the fight against them , even though the War is over."

09/04/2013
"I think that it is time someone put the crown logo, font and wording on the internet in a form that is downloadable, useable and for free. There are websites that offer it for free but with limited use and then you have to pay for it. For those sites that have invented alternative logos, font and wording etc etc then you'll have to pay for those Every site that has obtained the original stuff should enable users to download and use with no restrictions Once it is out there for free then the trademark issue will become irrelevant as everyone who wants it will have it And those who want to sell products bearing alternative logos, wording, fonts can then do so "

03/04/2013
"Keep Calm and allow everyone to use this phrase !! "

01/04/2013
"I am Australian but have British connections as my ancestors arrived here from Britain. 'Stay Calm and go to Disneyland' is just one stupid example of the misuse of this! I find it very insulting to see it trivialised so. I totally support this and wish you the best of luck. :)"

29/03/2013
"Keep calm and stop Mark Coop"

26/03/2013
"This slogan belongs to the people of Britain and freedom loving people the world over. It should be cherished and shared with pride in the past and to give hope for the future. Surely even EU bureacrats can grasp this is not something that can or should be trademarked. I have pity on the fellow who thought he was being smart trying to seize control of something national and iconic for his own narrow personal gain. By his action he has shown himself to be lacking in the generosity of spirit that so characterized the British people in their darkest hours during the Second World War. Sadly since he refuses to acknowledge his wrongdoing and abandon his efforts it falls to others - both in the UK and around the globe - to strongly protest the foolishness of the EU ruling and to seek justice in the face of "officialdom" and the hunt for lucre. "

21/03/2013
"I have been aware of the Keep Calm Carry On motto since visiting the Imperial War Museum in the early 1980s. I have also visited Barter Books. While I am not crazy about the proliferation of Keep Calm slogans which show up modified and adorning every surface imaginable, it seems totally inappropriate to give "trademark" protection to a for-profit company for its use (and misuse) of four words that have been part of my lexicon for a least three decades - and the UK government's for much longer. VSiska"

20/03/2013
"I THINK THAT IT IS WRONG FOR SOMEONE TO TRY AND COPYRIGHT SOMETHING WHICH WAS IN THE PUBLIC DOMAINE AND IS OF HISTORIC INTEREST TO MANY"

16/03/2013
"The slogan is owned by the country."

14/03/2013
"Keep Calm and Carry On is and icon for Britain; You can't trademark Churchill, Fish and Chips, or tea can you?"

09/03/2013
"I bought this from Barter Books about five years ago and am saddened to read about this."

09/03/2013
"This is not your trademark Mr Coop. We're taking it away from you. The trademark belongs to ME. To my country. To all the people of the UK. "

09/03/2013
"it belongs to the british people and he has no right to the keep calm logo. "

08/03/2013
"Keep Calm "

06/03/2013
"If he goes on like this, I'll just trade-mark the name "Mark Coop" and sue him for using it!"

05/03/2013
"They need to stop them from doing this"

03/03/2013
"An insult to the heroic British people!"

02/03/2013
"It belong to this Great Country and Not to greedy money making entrepreneurs. It a great British trait, that has crossed the globe to entertain vast amounts of global citizens. So keep your flithy money grabbing hands off our history!!!!!!"

02/03/2013
"This is not only an issue for Britain. It is for at least all of Europe. Yours sincerely Ole-Erik Yrvin Nittedal, Norway"

28/02/2013
"Nice try but not yours to copyright "

18/02/2013
"What a shame to prevent the ingenuous use of puns and jokes based on this iconic piece of history. Like trademarking a phrase from Shakespeare! Europe must do as they like, let us in the UK continue to allow usuage of this phrase which belongs to the nation."

17/02/2013
"The slogan is for the people to use how they see fit, it is not just for one person!"

16/02/2013
"Good look to them, Mr Coop comes across as an arrogant and ignorant person. Maybe he should grow a little Hitler moustache "

16/02/2013
"Preposterous nincompoopery that is both uninspired and avaracious, and doubtless presages yet more depressing patent trolling."

15/02/2013
"You have my full support on this one!!"

14/02/2013
"Why should one person profit out of something that was designed to lift entire countries morale. The design should be a free image to be used by the people it was designed for. "

14/02/2013
"This is part of our British history and as such should be available to all and not restricted in this way.I don't understand what right anyone has to reproduce the Crown and stop others using it. I certainly will not be purchasing any items from this company. "

14/02/2013
"You're gonna loose this one. But keep calm anyway!"

13/02/2013
"keep off "Keep Calm""

13/02/2013
"'Keep calm and carry on' is a modern British icon. It is preposterous that one person or company should have exclusive rights to it. --- Mark Andrews "

12/02/2013
"The Government origins of this phrase should be respected."

06/02/2013
"I think it's reasonable for people to attempt to make a profit from IP within the public domain, but seems a bit much for one person to then try to claim ownership of something that was previously available to us all. Best of luck to all the people supporting this campaign and affected by the trademarking of this slogan. Oh, and I've only visited Barter Books once, but have to say, it's a fantastic place and well worth a look if you're in the area."

06/02/2013
"Something like this simply should not be trademarked. "

05/02/2013
"Disgraceful!"

04/02/2013
"A British institution, not a money-making merchandise machine."

04/02/2013
"This is the property of the UK - not some unscrupulous businessman."

04/02/2013
"Good luck!"

03/02/2013
"Intellectual copyright is the preserve of the intellectual originator, it is not subject to 'finders keepers', or in this case theft by finding."

03/02/2013
"Happy to support this worthy petition. Whilst I support a nation's and its people's freedom to do business and be entrepreneurial, there are some things which truly belong to a nation, her culture and history and sh0uld be the preserve of all not just one. The "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster is one such thing and should not be trademarked. If ever there were a reason for Britain regaining her full sovereignty from Europe, the EU's decision to allow this trademark is it."

03/02/2013
"The world has too many leeches. "

03/02/2013
"I own a poster bought from Barter Books in 2002 and a mug bought from them a year later, I refuse to buy anything with the Keep Calm phrase on it unless it is bought from Barter Books because it's theirs."

03/02/2013
"Not everything has to have a trademark!"

03/02/2013
"Copywriting this is like trying to copywrite Jerusalem or the concept of tea and cake! Pretty despicable, frankly!"

02/02/2013
"I wish you all the best in your fight!"

31/01/2013
"So Absurd this cannot happen, it won't happen!"

31/01/2013
"I am Canadian and hope his application cannot succeed here."

31/01/2013
"i had no idea about this campaign or anyones hatred of it, up until this second, but i have always hated that slogan on mugs and inanemate objects and have never really known why. it just seemed like the 'Modern World' was somehow hijacking something and trying to make it their own ! and what i really hate is how they change the wording to say things like "keep calm and drink tea" or "keep calm and go take the dog for a walk" . . . i mean . ., they could literally adapt that saying to literally anything . . . "keep calm and keep taking a dump" printed on toilet paper . . . . "keep calm and eat cupcakes" . . . and actually dont even get me started on that as that is a complete other subject ! i mean . . . isnt a cup cake just a bun with more sickly icing added to it ????? when did the humble bun become a cupcake anyway ?????"

30/01/2013
"I find it offensive, that another item of our British ness has been usurped by people who to make money from it, decides to make money at the expense of this great nation of Britain, and England especially. In this day and age something has to be put into place to stop this exploitation of British Heritage. Of course Mark was not born during the war and would not begin understand what this meant to the people who suffered through the bombing and daily task of living during that time. Mark let us see who you really are and think again"

28/01/2013
"What a gigantic *****, keep the slogan in the public domain where it belongs. It's nothing short of audacity that someone want to try to own the trademarks on this very public slogan. Not only should their be a class action against Mr *****, but the people who allowed the registrations to go throught without checking them should be fired. A big **** *** to Mr Coop"

23/01/2013
"The slogan, design has moved in the public domain, therefore, it cannot be introspectively copyrighted, patented, trademarked or in any other restricted. Mr Coop is not the original artist or owner of the design, that belongs to H M Government, therefore, Mark Coop does not have any right to copyright, patent or trademark it. H M Government, the original owners of the 1939 design and original posters, have already released the design in to the public domain ... That is where it should and must remain. And shame on you Mark Coop for saying that Mr Manley was naive ! Mr Manley just isn't as greedy as you and Mr Manley is far far far more public spirited than you will ever be ! Mark Coop - IF your business was any good, you wouldn't need to waste all this time and money on steeling the rights to something YOU DO NOT OWN ! "

18/01/2013
"Keep Calm is not a trade mark. This sort of profiteering is not British. And he was refused the trademark in the UK so why has the European Union trademark office stuck it's oar in???"

16/01/2013
"Trade mark protection should be abolished altogether"

15/01/2013
"Pplz I wud like 1 that says ..keep calm and date a air traffic controller(ATC)"

14/01/2013
"If anyone should have copyright it should be H M Government, citing the 1940 originals as the true source. Mr Coop should keep calm and carry on without trademark protection. "

14/01/2013
"Keep Calm and Carry On is a simple sentiment that belongs to another era and is happily used today even though we don't face anything like the daily struggles of those for whom it was originally meant. Its the English equivalent of Bon courage! Everybody owns it, so nobody owns it. The variations now appearing are examples of the wit of the populous. Why try to ring fence this wit and creativity in search of a buck? It is simple unimaginative opportunism."

13/01/2013
"Totally outragious that he can take ownership of a national phrase. Lets all keep calm and carry on with this petition!"

13/01/2013
"Keep it in public domain. We were all in it together during the war. "

13/01/2013
"The logo is an iconic piece of British history and shouldn't be allowed tone used i such a manner. Keep calm and let everyone have access to it!!!!!"

12/01/2013
"I hope sense wins out and these phrase's are kept in the Public Domain where they belong ."

11/01/2013
"This phase has been in use since World War II and no-one should have the legal right to own it unless it is the person that came up with in the first place. It is disgusting that a businessman in 2011 can suddenly claim ownership of this phase. He has no right to it, he did not invent it. The original owner gave it freely to all and this should be upheld."

11/01/2013
"This "trrade-mark" is totally offensive. "

11/01/2013
"This belongs to all of us, not one individual."

11/01/2013
"I'm Keeping Calm and Carrying On by supporting Barters Bookshop and Stuart Manley. Shame on you, Mark Coop - you have no rights whatsoever to the above phrase. Instead of saying that Mr Manley was naive, you should have been honest and said you are pleased he isn't greedy like you. "

11/01/2013
"Good luck"

11/01/2013
"Let it be British!"

10/01/2013
"National Treasures, including wartime slogans, should not be intellectually owned by those who did not create them. "

10/01/2013
"I agree whole heartedly. Let's stop this nonsense now. Common phrases are precisely that and should be left well alone.Time these people came up with something original of their own. "

10/01/2013
"It never ceases to amaze me what people will try to claim is "theirs". This might be considered something trivial to many but it's about time we stood up to this nonesense. If we don't, we'll end up looking back in 50 years with nothing left of our heritage because someone will have laid claim to everything simply because they thought of copywrighting it first. This is also a total abuse of the law. Copywright legislation is there to protect individuals' (and of course companies') inventions and intellectual property. It's not there to allow someone to claim something which was invented by someone else is theirs, simply because they were the first to lodge the claim form. This is not a simple question of protecting a business, this is about protecting our heritage and ensuring the law is applied correctly in the manner in which it was intended. If you didn't invent it you shouldn't be able copyright it. Simple."

10/01/2013
"I AGREE WITH THE GOOD PEOPLE WHO HAVE ORGANISED THIS E-PETITION TO REVERSE EU TRADEMARK AND BAN ANY FUTURE APPLICATIONS. THIS 'CATCH PHRASE' SHOULD BE AVAILABLE TO ALL AND NO ONE PERSON OR COMPANY SHOULD HAVE EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO THE PHRASE OR ANY COMBINATION OF IT. THE PHRASE SHOULD BE DEEMED GENERIC AND THEREFORE UN-TRADEMARKABLE!"

10/01/2013
"How can someone trademark/copyright something that they did not create - surely that should lie with Her Majesty's Government? "

09/01/2013
"How can someone who wasn't born claim copyright on what I consider a national icon? I whole heartedly support this campaign."

09/01/2013
"Its pretty disgusting that someone is abusing what is a symbol of the fight our Grandparent lived and died for during the war for his own personal profit. It should not belong to someone who didnt write it and wasnt even born when it was used ."

08/01/2013
"Keep it public. A real shame that charlatans are allowed the time and space to abuse a useful system. I'm thinking about patenting the wheel. "

08/01/2013
"this phrase has been in the market place far too long to be copy right, its a bit like saying "V for victory" is now copy right I am in the souvenir and heritage business and this sort of thing is a plague on our industry please support this campaign "

08/01/2013
"Wishing you the best of luck in over turning this ludicrous decision Keep Calm and Carry on fighting!"

08/01/2013
"How can Mr. Coop trademark a phrase which had already been revived by Stuart Manley, and then claim he was doing it to stop people jumping on the bandwagon and making money from it, when that is exactly what he had done by purchasing a copy of the poster from Mr. Manley and then passing it off as his idea ? Mr. Coop says that Mr. Manley was naive for not trademarking it himself, actually it's called being honest Mr. Coop, it is morally wrong to trademark something that isn't yours. It was in the public domain and should be accessible to all. "

08/01/2013
"Keep "Keep Calm" the British institution that it has come to represent, not one greedy man's license to print money!"

08/01/2013
"Frankly, given that;- a) No living claimant actually produced the artwork, and b) It's over fifty years old anyway, ..there is no chance of ANYONE defending any claim to it. Most ordinary people do NOT recognise that any EU court has ANY jurisdiction in the UK either. I certainly do not. I do know of no person that does. The EU is totally non-democratic and just a bunch of Little Hitlers. As for Mark Coop, he's obviously a grasping cretin. I'm almost tempted to start printing these posters just to hack him off. What a complete idiot. Another Little Hitler. Keep calm, and carry on printing....!!!"

08/01/2013
"I think it's disgusting that someone has trademarked a national slogan. It's very self-centered and anti-British. If one man can claim ownership of this phrase, then isn't every phrase in the English language at risk? Be a bigger man Mr Coop and admit defeat. "

08/01/2013
""The move by Mark Coop is driven purely to make money 'no matter what' and is far from the spirit of the wartime poster. We simply cannot not let this happen and we aim to reverse this. It is a disgrace and we need your help to overturn this!" This sums up why the petition deservs to succeed "

08/01/2013
"How can Brussels award a copyright on something that in the UK is outside of Crown copyright? Because they are interfering, unwelcome, draconian totalitarians, Keep Calm & Carry On, but don't forget to vote Ukip. "

08/01/2013
"Disgusting Greed that this should be allowed. Please do not let this be copyrighted."

08/01/2013
"I was under the impression that the Crown in the article belong to the Monark. "

08/01/2013
"I find it an insult that Mr Coop was allowed to get this far with his nefarious scheme and do not see how an EU judge has any juristiction over this case. I fully support the campaign and Mr Coop should be prosecuted for copy right infringement of the British people!"

07/01/2013
"This is a typical story of greed this belongs to the country not to one person, the Eu ruling is medling in our internal affairs aqnd lets not forget that some of the countries that rulede on this issue where our enemies when this slogan was used to rally the people against these enemies. Mr Coop should hang his head in shame for scurrying to the eu."

07/01/2013
"This slogan belongs to the British people. It is not for some greedy individual to make money from something that was not his own idea. The slogan sums up what was best about the British. Mr Coop sums up what is the worst. This is not about a hate campaign against Mr Coop, but simply a strong feeling that he has tried to rob the British people of their history and i for one do not want him to get away with it!"

07/01/2013
"Will "Your Country Needs You" be next?"

07/01/2013
"how can the basic design become a trademark when it was coined during the second world war to help those fighting for the freedom to live? I wear my Veteran's Badge every day and I am proud of it, I do not for one moment think this coop thing would even know what one of these is, you can not take a part of our history and claim it as being your property. "

07/01/2013
"Surely if the poster is now outside Crown copyright then it can not be copy-righted by anyone."

07/01/2013
"Hands Off Our History!!"

07/01/2013
"If anyone should have trademark protection for the 'Keep Calm' phrases, it should be Barter Books, who did all the initial work to popularise it, not someone who jumped on the bandwagon later on, using Barter Books' ideas for his own commercial profit-making. In practice though, I think the bird has already flown. Mr Coop has made himself look penny-pinching - and thoroughly unBritish!"

07/01/2013
"The copyright shouldnt belong to him, Hes just cashing in, Im surprised there isnt Keep calm and carry on toilet paper...or is there??"

07/01/2013
"This British Icon should free to use by everyone. No one person should have any claim upon it. As the design comes from the darkest days this country faced I think it acts as a subtle reminder of those days in the light hearted way it is presented. "

07/01/2013
"To me (& I'm sure many others) it is a 'Phrase of the Nation', not for any individual enterprise. "

07/01/2013
"This phrase belongs to the Britiosh people - it was created for us, for our good, by our servants the Government. For one person to attempt to copyright it is theft and immoral. The EU does not hold any power over us and it's laws are not lawful here because any handing over of powers to a foreign nation is treason and therefore unlawful. We should all ignore the copyright, Keep Calm and Carry On."

07/01/2013
"I Agree. What a lazy way that company has of making a living. STEALING someone else's idea."

07/01/2013
"Best of luck with the campaign!"

07/01/2013
"No-one should have the exclusive rights to own words in the English language. It's bad enough having to cope with the minefield of copyright as it is. The phrase is iconic of the tragic 2WW; and should be treasured as such. Mr Coop did not invent these words - his motivation appears to be simply, fiscal gain. Saying that he offered to share with Barter Books, does not give him any moral ground, or justifies this kind of trading."

07/01/2013
"The greed has to stop for the sake of society, for far to long money comes before people and our heritage"

07/01/2013
"The intention of the original "founders" of the advert is to keep the use of the slogan free and open to all!! And as such it should be!!"

07/01/2013
" Hands Off our slogans or better still OFF WITH HIS HEAD"

07/01/2013
"You should not be allowed to trademark something that is not yours to trademark. This is pure greed, nothing more nothing less and it sickens me to see it."

07/01/2013
"Crazy to trademark this. Kudos to Stuart and Mary Manley of Barter Books for not doing so. I completely support their efforts to keep this trademark free. If they fail, however, its them and their bookshop who should be awarded the trademark, not the latecomer who jumped on their work."

07/01/2013
"Keep calm and carry on with your worthy campaign"

07/01/2013
"Outrageous and should be stopped. The campaign to remove the copyright restriction has my full support"

07/01/2013
"Mr Mark Coop this does not belong to you. You didn't discover it Mr. Stuart Manely of Brter Books did so if anything this belongs to him. Trying to copyright it as your trademark is entirely fantasy - it does not belong to you! This as good as stealing and should be challenged."

07/01/2013
"It's time for Middle England to go into full blown rebellion against the politicians, bankers and individuals like Mr Coop who play the 'system' against ordinary decent people who just want to get through life with as much happiness as possible."

07/01/2013
"Spineless do'er of dirty deeds Mr. Coop! You cannot buy us the British people nor our heritage. The poster belongs to us all and rightfully so not one individual whose intent is corruptive and most disrespectful. The EU can go to you know where too."

07/01/2013
"Egads! Sounds like something jerry would do. What-ho. Pip-pip."

07/01/2013
"This devious, unscrupulous and blatantly opportunistic trademarking by Mark Coop of the WWII "Keep Calm" poster is totally unacceptable and everything should be done to get the EU ruling overturned with a legal ruling that is applicable worldwide once and for all. After the original copyright time expired it should have remained in the UK public's domain for use by us all. "

07/01/2013
"No doubt there are some who would want to trademark the stone age if they thought it was a money spinner I find the sequestering of our national heritage for profit an insult to my parents generation who fought the Nazis in the midst of these iconic phrases! As we are still involved with wars 70 years on the phenomenon is an insult to our current serving heroes as well!"

07/01/2013
"This phrase is to stay British"

07/01/2013
"As Victor Meldrew would say "I simply don't believe it!"... The slogan belongs to the nation, not Mark Coop. The European decision must be reversed ... it's pretty abominable that it was granted in the first place and Mr Coop should be ashamed that he has stooped so low with his various claims. I'm going to get a tee-shirt made up to say "Keep Calm was Coop-Stooped"! I had a tee-shirt made up for the 2012 Games.."Keep Calm it's the Jubilympics" so I would have liked to have seen Mr Coop try and take it off me in the Olympic Stadium during the Paralympic Games surrounded by tens of thousands of extremely proud Brits! PS Apparently the WWII photo of the milkman carrying his bottles through the rubble was actually set up by the photographer who borrowed the coat! Someone will probably verify this..."

07/01/2013
"I absolutely hate greedy businessmen like this. This trademark should belong to the government if anyone."

07/01/2013
"I really love anything to do with WWII, so if "Keep Calm" is one of them then tax payers should benefit from it, it would be a help to the tax payers not a hit. “I think (keep Calm) it’s just like any other treasury part of London such as; the old bus, the flag, the red post box and the bridge, you don’t see anyone claiming for those…Do you!” "

07/01/2013
"KEEP IT FOR EVERYONE TO USE DON'T LET THIS BLOKE HAVE IT ALL TO HIMSELF, HE DID'NT COIN THE PHRASE INITIALLY SO ITS NOT HIS. TELL THE EU TO MIND THERE OWN BUSINESS."

07/01/2013
"This poster and its slogan was funded by taxpayers money. It is therefore in the public domain. No one person can own it nor trademark it. The fair answer is to let anyone use this slogan marketing purposes and let the outcome be decided by the quality of the goods themselves. "

07/01/2013
"This poster and its slogan was funded by taxpayers money. It is therefore in the public domain. No one person can own it nor trademark it. The fair answer is to let anyone use this slogan marketing purposes and let the outcome be decided by the quality of the goods themselves. Also, these posters were used. Two of them were still on the walls where I began work in a furniture factory in 1959. "

07/01/2013
"It should not be possible for someone who didn't coin this phrase and after all these years to pull a stunt like this."

07/01/2013
"You are stealing from the nation Mr Coop. Shame on you. I would hereby like to trademark the word 'NO' the expression 'NOT ON YOUR NELLY' and the instruction to 'BOG OFF'"

07/01/2013
"The phrase belongs to the Great British public, not Mr Coop."

06/01/2013
"The slogan belongs to all the British and Commonwealth people as it was a slogan thought up an brought in for them by the British government during times of great hardship and war, it belongs to the people and if anyone wants to use it then so be it!!!!!!!!!"

06/01/2013
"Trademarks should never be granted to words taken from everyday spoken language. "

06/01/2013
"Greedy, ridiculous man. Please do not let this happen. Maybe I should trademark "have a nice day"... "

06/01/2013
"good luck with your challenge of this ridiculous ruling."

06/01/2013
"The private trademarking of this poster is totally unacceptable and should be thwarted. If the poster was created by the British Government, it should remain in the public domain for free and fair usage by all. It is a historic symbol of British stoicism during the hardships of WWII. It should not be allowed to be stolen from the British people by a man with no moral compass for his own financial gain. The poster deserves historical protection!"

06/01/2013
"This petition has ethics on its side. Those who wish to trademark the phrase have only greed on their side."

06/01/2013
""This belongs to the people not to one individual.""

06/01/2013
"This should never have been trademarked in the first place! The Ministry of Information created the slogan, not Mr Coop! The registration should be overturned and KEEP CALM placed back in British society where it should be.... in the public domain!"

06/01/2013
"I'm adding my signature to this petition for common-sense and to stop a greedy individual from stealing something created by the British Govt'! during a time of War. What will be next? Names?, Numbers?, quotes?, Colours? - STOP IT NOW!"

06/01/2013
"KEEP CALM AND GET IT RIGHT UP MARK COOP!!!"

06/01/2013
"Copyright should not be granted for phrases which are in the public domain"

06/01/2013
"you have my support"

06/01/2013
"That this situation can even arise in the fist place is disgusting. How can anybody copyright a WW2 propoganda slogan 74 years later, at least the UK authorities saw sense, but the EU cannot see the sense here and if the copyright is granted in the USA they are just as bad. This phrase is in the public domain and has been for 74 years, it should stay like that."

06/01/2013
"If anybody owns the copyright on this, surely it is the crown. How can you copyright the 5 words that have been used in this phrase in the public domain for more than 60 years. The "right" to use the phrase should be with person who made it popular again, not a sneaky businessman who did it through the back door and did not even have the decency to consult anybody about it. I do not feel the last part of my comment is offensive to anybody, but a statement of truth."

06/01/2013
"Outrageous... yeah, just outrageous."

06/01/2013
""Keep Calm and Carry On" is too much a part of the spirit of Britain in WWII for one person to own the expression."

06/01/2013
"I interviewed Stuart Manley (owner of Barter Books) for the purposes of my dissertation about nostalgia. I brought this site to my attention. Im saddened that at Mark Coop trying to coin the phrase for his own profit. Saying 'i came up with it' is a complete lie as the poster WAS found by Stuart in 2000. Stuart said they didn’t make the posters discovered them, and are responsible for resurrecting it, they never felt like it theirs but have pride in being the ones who started all of it. Which I think is the moral way to look at this! "

06/01/2013
"I don't undertstand how someone can copyright someone else's work without their agreement. This seems to go against the laws of natural justice."

06/01/2013
"you have my support!"

06/01/2013
"Keep calm it and carry on it belongs to us all!"

06/01/2013
"You should only be allowed to trademarked a phrase if you actually came up with it yourself and can prove this. Funny how Mark Coop failed to get it trademarked in the UK yet managed gain an EU trademark...we need to get out of the EU!"

06/01/2013
"What next? Someone seeking to trademark the letter 'e', for instance?This is a cynical, exploitative waste of time and money."

05/01/2013
"This phrase is a national treasure and no-one should be able to copyright it to merely to cash in on other people's work in preserving it just for selfish personal gain. This is an English phrase produced by the British Government and not an individual in recent times. In any case to copyright a phrase and then forbid its publication is a fundamental attack on free speech!"

05/01/2013
"The action of this "entrepreneur", Mr Coop, in trade-marking a common phrase in the English langusge and one, moreover, with particular resonance with regard to the stoicism of the British people during the dark days of WW2 is cynical and un-British and should be deplored by all decent people. "

05/01/2013
"I find it incredible that someone has trademarked something that they had nothing to do with the creation of. Then again, he had to do his dirty work via the EU because that was the only way something this ridiculous could possibly become "legal" (how can they decide it's legal, when the UK already decided it wasn't)?. Typical of the cynical business philosophy of making money from something not of their making. Deplorable."

05/01/2013
"Keep calm and keep signing! "

05/01/2013
"Spiv!"

05/01/2013
"Keep off our public phrases!"

05/01/2013
"As this particular phrase and style of print was owned by the Government who have opted to allow it to go out of copyright, then surely it cannot now be 'owned' by a particular individual. It is clear that he didn't design it, and as the 'rights' to the design were never sold to any individual but came to belong to the world collectively, I can't see how he can take this design and have it as a trademark. What has he trademarked? Does he own the phrase and it's components, or only the complete design in a particular pantone shade of red and a particular font or has he protection against anything similar? When we were on holiday, my daughter picked up a big flat stone and painted it with the words 'keep calm and carry on'. It sits outside our front door - so sue me! I don't think you can copyright a phrase like that - possibly the whole design, but not the phrase. If so maybe I should go around picking phrases and even sentences from famous poems, novels or other posters and take them for myself to stop people printing them on cups, aprons etc. On the other hand maybe not, I couldn't stoop slow low. 'Keep calm and battle on.' Ooops is that too close to his trademark. "

05/01/2013
"This belongs to the nation not a single person, justice will prevail."

05/01/2013
"This is an iconic Phrase, what next ® the letters of the alphabet ? Its bad enough with fifa monopolising 3 lions on a shirt, Richard the Lion hearts motif ... ® should only apply to New Unused Phrases image products etc ... otherwise we will have people ® the wheel, or fresh air ... Greed is taking over common sense ... I cant believe how few people have signed the petition ... if this isnt stopped where will it end ! "

05/01/2013
"The 'Keep Calm and carry on' phrase should not have been allowed to be trade marked by an individual - it belongs to the nation !!! The trade marking of it should be reversed."

05/01/2013
"I think the underhand way that the person in question went about 'gaining' the tradmark goes to show his real intentions................how a european union trademark is allowed to 'over-power' something that has been refused to said individual in this country is a sad indication of this countrys continuing 'pandering' to euro-meddling in our affairs."

05/01/2013
"Disgraceful opportunism to register this "product" into which he has put no enterprise or original thought whatsoever."

05/01/2013
"Not happy!!!"

05/01/2013
"Very disturbed that someone is making money from a National Icon!!!"

05/01/2013
"Claiming copyright of a National Wartime slogan when one was not even born is obscene; it belongs to the Nation not to one individual. "

05/01/2013
"Mr Coop has done nothing to deserve to profit from this slogan. It's just a cheap trick in my opinion. Copyright is there to encourage creativity not to make money for profiteers."

05/01/2013
"This is the saddest behaviour I have heard of in such a long time. It belongs to the nation as a whole, the british nation, not the EU community. Without Mr Manley people like myself would never have given it a second thought. It was a Ministry project. It is a shame that entrepeneurs seem only talented enough to use the ideas of others to make money. No original ideas of their own? or just no artistic/design talent? This is in no way a "hate campaign" Just a forum for people to express their incredulity at the idea of controlling a national icon."

05/01/2013
"Disgraceful that this Coop fellow should be able to trademark this slogan"

05/01/2013
"this should not be able to be trademarked, it was not the idea of the person trademarking it and has been in common use for years"

05/01/2013
"Mr Coop should capitulate, and not pursue the EU trade mark of the slogan. What he has done amounts to nothing more than pure laziness, by endeavouring to profit from a slogan used by our own Government during the last war. "

05/01/2013
"Even though the copyright for Keep calm and carry on may have lapsed with the original owner, the fact that the phrase is both historical and so well known, how can any one person claim intellectual rights for the phrase? Surely when Mary and Stuart gained permission to use and market the posters, they also gained some right to the phrase. And those rights pre-date Mark Coops trademarking. I just find it unbelievable that he gained an EU trade mark. Considering the fact that he had been refused in Britain they should never have allowed his application to be successful."

05/01/2013
"Stop the rotters"

05/01/2013
"Keep up the good work"

05/01/2013
"This is a slogan that has been in the public domain for many years. The fact that it was not widely used since the end of the war doesn't make it available for someone to copyright following another person's unearthing of the slogan. This guy Coop is an unscrupulous and unprincipled opportunist who had nothing at all to do with the original coining of the phrase and therefore has no right to copyright it. As always, EU law has got it wrong and it's UK people who suffer at its hands..."

05/01/2013
"It is disgarceful that a phrase used to keep up national morale during the war is now being claimed by a single man as his own property."

05/01/2013
"I hope in some small way this hinders the greedy smart alec's of this world.."

05/01/2013
"This historical phrase should not be privatised but remain the property of the British government on behalf of the British public."

05/01/2013
"Copyright is intended to protect intellectual property. Coop did not create the phrase nor did he buy the right to "own" it from its creator. He therefore should not be allowed to profit from a legal loophole."

04/01/2013
"It shows yet again that the sooner we leave the EEC; and govern this nation, for the people of this nation, the better."

04/01/2013
"I have two badges on my hat that have been there for ? years- KEEP CALM AND FOLK ON and KEEP CALM AND MORRIS ON. Best wishes Dennis"

04/01/2013
"Surely sense will prevail."

04/01/2013
"Please keep this humane and iconic slogan in the public domain. The device is part of cultural consciousness and must be kept flourishing on the islands where it was created and indeed globally. It is distasteful in the extreme that one arrogant young man should capitalise on such a subject - especially as so many people sacrificed their lives during the 2nd world world. I believe the proper custodians of this device belong to the people, bore through the generous efforts of the people who started this campaign and through their bookshop. UK law must override the EU sanctioning of allowing the illegal trademarking of this device. Best of luck in the campaign!"

04/01/2013
"Diabolical, there is no way that a well known phrase should be trade marked in this way, especially as it has been in use for so many years generally - it is Public Domain. Just think of all those other wartime posters with memorable phrases, 'Careless talk costs lives' etc. Could be a positive goldmine for greedy grabbers like Coop if he is allowed to get away with this one!"

04/01/2013
"Slogans with such origins as this should not be copyrighted and it should be prevented. Only the originator of the slogan should be allowed to copyright it, otherwise it should be available to all to use without restriction or penalty, financial or otherwise."

04/01/2013
"He is not reproducing this material for the heritage of this country but for his own greed!!!!! Keep Calm & Continue To Sign This Petition."

04/01/2013
"this is a part of our nations heretage it would be wrong for one person to have the rights"

04/01/2013
"We will fight Mark Coop on the beaches, ..., and in the streets... but we should never surrender to his fascist trademark regime."

04/01/2013
"When I first discovered the phrase "Keep Calm and Carry On" it was via a British television show. One of the hosts was wearing the phrase on a shirt. I became so intrigued by the slogan that I started looking into the history behind it. Granted, I may have found the slogan via contemporary consumer merchandizing, but I realized the importance of the slogan once I researched it. Being an American, I'm glad I've learned more about the history of Britain through this slogan. I believe the importance of what it means to the people of the UK is much more important than what it means to one man and the depth of his pockets. Sally Dodd Portland, Oregon, United States of America"

04/01/2013
"So utterly disheartening that anyone could stoop this low. This must be stopped."

04/01/2013
" How sad that EU authorities do not check with the originating country (UK) to establish just who is trying to register (steal) another persons work.!"

04/01/2013
"Keep fighting! Each time a consumers buys one of these slogans, they invest a hard-earned penny in feeling part of a time in our history when many nations paid a high price in preserving the principles of freedom and democracy they believed were worth fighting for. If Mr Coop is worth his salt as a businessman, his company will thrive without the need for his current course of action and perhaps we will collectively preserve the principle of meritocracy that credits those who have researched, created or developed ideas, instead of those lacking in foresight to see the original opportunity."

04/01/2013
"coop, you suck"

04/01/2013
"Keep Calm and sign the petition! No ONE person can claim such a British iconic statement for, well greed basically, when for decades, it mean so much to the public who fought for OUR freedom. Shame on you sir."

04/01/2013
"Stop TM abuse. This phrase is in the public domain and has so much prior work it cannot possibly meet any reasonable attribute of copyright or trademark."

04/01/2013
"It is dishonest to hijack phrases and slogans created by a publically funded organisations and then attempt to rob the public of their right to use what they paid for."

04/01/2013
"This quote is part of English history - it shouldn't belong to one person- it shouldn't be trademarked by someone who had nothing to do with the design."

04/01/2013
"Outrageous that Mr Coop holds the trademark for this, while this stands this is the triumph of greed and unfairness, completely at odds to the quintessentially British values of the phrase and poster. "

04/01/2013
"this quote belongs to the People of the UK not to 1 man"

04/01/2013
"Keep up the good fight! This public domain statement does not belong to Mark Coop. England's history does not belong to any one person."

04/01/2013
"Mr Coop, or should we say Coup, should jump off the band wagon and let the Manleys have their finest hour... "

04/01/2013
"Down with Mark Coop. Boo!"

04/01/2013
"Good luck! and thanks for making a stand! Edwin Harris Business Owner"

04/01/2013
"A spineless attempt to profit from the design, words and generosity if others. I trust a boycott is in order should he succeed. He must not succeed. "

04/01/2013
"we will fight this on the beaches,in the air, acrosss the lands of Europe & the whole world! "

04/01/2013
"I agree with the petition as detailed above."

04/01/2013
"Modifications are fine, but the original should not be trademarked. "

04/01/2013
"Be serious and bugger orf!"

04/01/2013
"We shall fight them on the beaches"

04/01/2013
"Why there´s always someone trying to make money on everything!"

04/01/2013
"This has to be one of the worst examples of someone trying to make money out of other people's ideas. Trademarking is there to protect legitimate businesses from exploitation, not to enable exploitation. This slogan is Common Property. To try to take ownership should be classed as THEFT."

04/01/2013
"for the people"

04/01/2013
"Copyright for such a slogan is against common sense."

04/01/2013
"Barter Books is a wonderful place with a great spirit - as evidenced by their actions."

03/01/2013
"This is British wartime slogan, and belongs to the government and to the people, not to one man who simply saw it as an opportunity to make money. "

03/01/2013
"What is next "Have a cup of tea" "Here's to you" "Pushing up the daisies" ??? "

03/01/2013
"Definitely not in the spirit it was intend. "

03/01/2013
"keep up the good work "

03/01/2013
"We want to "Keep Calm" with no restrictins in Canada as well!!!"

03/01/2013
"We should not let this businessman make money from britishness of our nation! This is an outrage! "

03/01/2013
"So he's just trying to protect himself from other people doing exactly what he did... what a tool..."

03/01/2013
"We need to bring back some good honest values to prevent this sort of opportunism adding to the consumerism evident in today's society. There is nothing entrepreneurial about this man's claim to the copyright. It is morally and ethically wrong and he cannot be allowed to win! Will he try to claim copyright of the 'Carry On' films next??!!"

03/01/2013
"Mr Coop is trying to copyright someone else's work end of story."

03/01/2013
"Cheers to all who are fighting this theft and erosion of the public domain. Coop did not invent the crown graphic, did not write the copy, did not design the font, did not create the iconic graphic design and colour scheme. This was work created for the public good, its purpose had nothing to do with profit or individual gain. Further, like all good ideas, it takes on a life of its own. The inventiveness and creativity that the graphic has spawned should not be stifled by this bogus and indefensible copyright claim. "

03/01/2013
"I agree"

03/01/2013
"No effort went into creating this magnificent call to calm by those who've trade marked it, so it's a disgrace they've done this and more so if it's upheld. Shall I trade mark the Cross and send the Vatican a bill? It's ridiculous, and it's wrong, so spank the idiots and carry on."

03/01/2013
"We, the people, have had ENOUGH of the enclosure of our public commons for private gain by opportunists. Please deny this ridiculous claim, and make the grounds for capturing IP (copyright, patents and trade marks) more significant, and more respectful of our common rights and traditions."

03/01/2013
"This is disgraceful!"

03/01/2013
"This is contratry to free speech!"

03/01/2013
"I do not see how any copyright can succeed on something that is not only originally a government slogan, but is so widely used, reinterpreted and enjoyed by ordinary people, not just businesses, all long before this attempt to grab it. Surely that makes it unenforceable, which should be grounds for refusing such an application. "

03/01/2013
"Intellectual property rights were originally conceived as a way of rewarding and stimulating genuine innovation. Now they are being used to stifle innovation and crush competition. Rectangles with round corners are patentable? A slogan that has been in the public domain for over 70 years can be exclusively copyrighted? Keep Calm and Say 'Enough is Enough'"

03/01/2013
"Being from the US, and having it as part of our Constitution that government work are automatically in the public domain, to be used for the benefit of all citizens, I was shocked to see the same common sense not applied in the UK and EU. It's beyond outrageous that someone would seek to trademark a common phrase, particularly one issued by the government and clearly in public domain use for decades. If Mr. Coop's business model cannot thrive with competition then he needs to look to the quality of his product line and not seek to stave off competitors with unethical trademark rights. Outside of that, I don't believe a common phrase, government-issued, or not - which this *clearly* is - should ever be trademarked - and shame on the first person who ever trademarked a common phrase (probably some greedy person here in the US...sigh...) The intellectual property system in the US (and the entire world) is broken and until we fix it - and stop granting monopolies on common phrases - nonsense like this will continue."

03/01/2013
"There is no question that copyright in the phrase (if it ever existed for such a short sentence) has expired. The problem is that anyone can try to get a trademark on the phrase at any time. However, if it can be shown that the phrase (and similar ones) were in use in the course of trade before Mr Coop applied to register the trade mark, then the trade mark authorities are obliged to reject his application and/or to transfer any such trade mark to the original commercial exploiters of the phrase. So what is really needed is evidence of commercial use before Mr Coop made his application."

03/01/2013
"Boycotting anything produced by the company might hit them in the only place that matters to them."

03/01/2013
"His reason for getting it trademarked is supposedly to "stop others jumping on the bandwagon" but that's exactly what he's done! Good luck with the campaign! "

03/01/2013
"this image is in the public domain and should remain so."

03/01/2013
"I'm a book and magazine publisher and think that Mark Coop should be ashamed of his blatant attempt to hijack something in the public domain for his own ends. I'd urge him to think again..."

03/01/2013
"History should be shared, not hoarded for profit by individuals!"

03/01/2013
"Absolutely fed up with it......please make it stop! It's not funny any more. "

03/01/2013
"Manipulation of World-wide law as a way of making money from something not his own cannot be allowed to continue. "

03/01/2013
"Good luck. Everyone hates a cheat. Lets hope he gets him just deserts."

03/01/2013
"Ridiculous! Does this mean I can copyright the complete works of Shakespeare, which are also in the public domain, and then sue the pants off anyone who dares say "to be or not to be"?"

03/01/2013
"Good luck"

03/01/2013
"It isn't anyone's to take – anyone saying otherwise should Keep Calm and Learn To Share!"

03/01/2013
"Mark coop should have approached Mr Manley with a business partnership instead of going behind his back, he was denied the trademark in the UK and then went to the EU, this is a sign that he lacks integrity and wanted to subvert the process for his own greedy motivation."

03/01/2013
"Coop! Karma and care ... WE own!"

03/01/2013
"Copyrighting something that does not belong to you is outright theft. It demeans the respected and vital institution of legitimate copyright. Best wishes to Stuart & Mary."

03/01/2013
"When I read about this trademark registration, it annoyed me. When I read that Coop said: "Barter Books didn't see the opportunity that I saw, and I think they were rather naive in failing to register the domain name or trademark the slogan. All I am trying to do is protect my business and my livelihood and prevent other people jumping on the back of what I'm doing." ..it made my blood boil. For someone who has "jumped on the back" of what Barter Books was doing, he does not deserve to have trademark rights to this phrase - saved from languishing at the bottom of a dusty pile of books by Barter Books - anywhere in the world. "

03/01/2013
"I support you 100% but please remove the apostrophe in "it's free use" to avoid alienating any pedants who might otherwise join the campaign."

03/01/2013
"It is completely unacceptable, not to say morally dubious, that someone should be able to patent something they had no hand whatsoever in producing, or even finding, and which so clearly originated in the public domain, where it should stay. It will be a travesty of justice if this greedy opportunist is allowed to succeed."

03/01/2013
"Down with this sort of thing"

03/01/2013
"Mr Coop, Kindly bugger off!"

03/01/2013
"It's hard to keep calm when we hear of such abusive behaviour. Carry on fighting, Barter Books, for what rightfully belongs to the best bookshop in Britain - and the nation."

03/01/2013
"shame on Mr Coop -- money isn't everything."

03/01/2013
"Greedy Mr Coop! It belongs to the British public not a greedy so & so like yourself"

03/01/2013
"I cannot believe the gall of this guy! This sets up so much plagerism for the future... Paris Hilton tried to get "That's hot" and failed. But if this EU copyright goes through what's to stop others from doing the same, from music, art and other famous slogans? "

03/01/2013
"Not Coop's to trademark surely, how can he trademark a slogan that he had no hand in creating. It was a slogan created for the people, not for one man/business to make financial gain out of. Absolutely not in the spirit of the message..."

03/01/2013
"Just not cricket old boy! Seriously the phrase and design has now been so overused that what was once humourous and whimsical is now plain irritating!"

03/01/2013
"Hands off, Mr Coop. Keep Calm belongs to the nation."

03/01/2013
"This is outrageous! I think Mr Coop should be ashamed of himself. He would do a lot better for his business if he were to give it up and claim the goodwill that would come with such a decision."

03/01/2013
""We shall not flag nor fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France and on the seas and oceans; we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air...""

03/01/2013
"Please stop being such a silly-billy, Mr Co-op, and be co-operative by nature, not just by name."

03/01/2013
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; Winston Churchill."

03/01/2013
"Best wishes for success from Canada "

03/01/2013
"All praise to Barter Books for its efforts to keep this small but important piece of British history for the people. Perhaps Mr Coop could get a real job like a teacher or librarian, rather than trying to squeeze this slogan for all it's worth. "

03/01/2013
"This is part of the history of our Island nation in it's darkest hour, & it should be kept for everyone. It sum's up a typical British attitude not to panic & be stoic, & should not be used by one individual to profit solely since they were not even the original finders of the poster & are merely jumping on the back of the original finders!"

03/01/2013
"This phrase is British and belongs to no individual."

03/01/2013
"Mark Coop can... Jog On & Get Tae Feck"

03/01/2013
"Trying to copyright national culture is Just Plain Wrong. Good luck, guys!"

03/01/2013
"What shall we trademark next? This scepter'd isle? England's pleasant pastures? "

03/01/2013
"Greed. Should not be rewarded. In WWII he would have been lynched as a war profitteer. Freedom for all!"

03/01/2013
"Very sad sympton of the greedy and selfish society we have built together"

03/01/2013
"Mark Coop, you're everything wrong with the world."

03/01/2013
"This slogan now embodies something much larger than the poster or mousemat that it rests upon. Please have the consideration not to overturn the trademarking of something that ought to be owned by the hollistic millue of the people who hold it as an ethos."

03/01/2013
"Shame on the individual concerned for trying to make money out of a national saying"

03/01/2013
"What a complete opportunist, there's nothing more deplorable than someone who seeks profit from others creativity. Maybe he would like to lay claim to the Union flag next."

03/01/2013
"This idiot contacted me at work about a year ago claiming to own the rights to this slogan as he wanted to launch a vodka under the banner, at the time we did wonder about his rights to the slogan claim but I wasn't interested in the vodka so said no thanks. Cannot believe his cheek once reading all of this! Keep up the fight and get this overturned! "

03/01/2013
"Good luck."

03/01/2013
"It really beggars belief. This poster was created by the UK government at the taxpayer's expense!"

03/01/2013
"This icon needs to be kept trademark free"

03/01/2013
"In today's business world I suppose Mr Mark Coop sees himself as an "opportunistic business man".But, at the time when the " Keep Calm and Carry On" poster was originally conceived any person with his type of business ethics was known as a "Spiv"."

03/01/2013
"Any attempt to copyright a phraise that has been in use since WW2 is suspect. Who do they think they are? Apple? "

03/01/2013
"The phrase should remain copyright free. As it was originally Crown Copyright it is ridiculous that someone should be able to make large sums of money from it."

03/01/2013
"Best of luck. "

03/01/2013
"Obviously, Mr. Coop lost his moral compass a long time ago."

03/01/2013
"I bought my copy of the poster through Barter Books before Coop even set up his company, after the Guardian featured it on a shopping page (I think for Christmas), so it was hardly the world's best kept secret by the time he started trying to grab all the spoils with none of the spirit. For anyone to attempt to trademark this is just ridiculous, but for him to do it, with so much evidence against him, is truly pathetic."

03/01/2013
"It should just be free for everyone to enjoy. Why does one person think he has the right to make it his own since no creative energy of his went into it's creation. It would be an entirely different matter if he was a struggling graphic designer and this was the child of his own efforts."

03/01/2013
"Supporting Barter Books, where I purchased my poster several years ago after reading about their discovery of the original in a UK interiors magazine, and backing their integrity in keeping our history from becoming commodity."

03/01/2013
"This slogan does not - and should not - belong to anyone. It belongs to us all. Mark Coop just thought he could get rich quick without doing any work. That's not what both my grandfathers fought for in the war."

03/01/2013
"This is a national icon. Money-grabbing "entrepeneurs" should keep their hands off."

03/01/2013
"Trying to copyright something that has already entered the public domain is absurd and makes a mockery of the entire notion of intellectual property. Perhaps I'll take out a patent on Shakespeare or Dickens or - even better - the Bible! Very important that Mr Coop loses this case ..."

03/01/2013
"The slogan should remain in the public domain . free to all I simply will boycott ( now that is a word we hardly ever use any more ) the goods or services of the greedy person who says he saw a marketing opportunity , he may find that a business with few customers is not a business after all . "

03/01/2013
"This poster was and should remain in the public domain. I wholeheartedly support any action to prevent trademarking of items that belong to the people. Bravo Barter Books and all others who support this action. Let's hope the EU and the US and Canadian trademark offices take the same approach"

03/01/2013
"These words should remain free from copyright. "

03/01/2013
"GET ANGRY AND CLOBBER COOP."

03/01/2013
"NOT A TRADE MARK!!!!!!!"

03/01/2013
"Let's hope common sense prevails over blatant greed, selfishness and plagiarism."

03/01/2013
"First came across the slogan in Barter Books - bought the mug! Good luck with the case."

03/01/2013
"regardless of the law, a patent on this slogan is an offence to common sense."

03/01/2013
"Hands off our heritage!"

03/01/2013
"Mr Coop did not originate the slogan and should not be allowed to control its use"

03/01/2013
"I have been campaigning on Facebook for all of this to stop. I hope someone has the power to make it happen!"

03/01/2013
"Keep our slogan trademark free"

03/01/2013
"Absolutely disgusted to read article re this in The Guardian today. Hope you are successful in having Mark Coop's trademarks overturned, he is just a greedy little man."

03/01/2013
"This is plain silly. The guy needs a good spanking for being a complete prat."

03/01/2013
"Everyone knows that it was Barter Books that used the slogan to begin with. The fact that someone then comes along and tries to copyright something that is already being used commercially is completely unjust."

03/01/2013
"What a hypocrite Mark Coop is. How can he say that he just wants to "prevent other people jumping on the back of what I'm doing", when he has done exactly that? Off with his head!"

03/01/2013
"Shocked and dismayed to hear of this man's actions. Find it really sad and totally against all of what the phrase was intended to, and has now come to, stand for. What a sad individual he must be and he seems not in the least bit sorry for what he's done. I had to laugh quite hard when he mentioned in the BBC clip that he came up with the phrase! HA! Keep up the good work (or should I say, ahem, Keep Calm and Carry On!)"

03/01/2013
"Thank you for doing this. Common decency should be re-introduced into our culture when and where we can. Good luck!"

03/01/2013
"This historic slogan should be always in the public domain, and not used by any one person or company for blatant profiteering. "

03/01/2013
"Keep smiling through!"

03/01/2013
"Keep it British boys!"

03/01/2013
"Good luck"

03/01/2013
"Crown copyright is for everyone."

03/01/2013
"I will not calm down and Mr Coop can **** off."

03/01/2013
"Interllectual property created by civil servant paid by the public should remain in public domain."

03/01/2013
"Sick to death of the poster, but it should be kept out of copyright in the spirit of the discovery."

03/01/2013
"Let's stop those who want to make money at any price."

03/01/2013
"Not calm right now. What is wrong with people? "

03/01/2013
"There is always someone who has to go and spoil things!"

03/01/2013
"carry on "

03/01/2013
"Coop Off"

03/01/2013
"Let's all just keep calm and carry on. This is a slogan that has been in the public domain since the 1940s. The person trying to trademark the slogan had nothing whatsoever to do with creating it. If anyone has rights to it it is the person or persons who originally though of it or their descendents."

03/01/2013
"It is too symbolic to be owned for profit."

03/01/2013
"Next thing someone'll try to trademark pork pie or fish 'n' chips. NO!"

03/01/2013
"I totally support the campaign to keep this phrase from being trademarked worldwide. I live in Christchurch NZ which has just come through 2 years of earthquakes and the humour and fortitude of the 'Keep Calm' slogan, and its variants have been very much appreciated by us here in the Antipodes. It's disgusting if someone who neither coined the phrase, nor was part of the initial rediscovering of this slogan, could profit by this. This would be opportunism at its extreme, a breech of natural justice and contrary to the vigor and communal joy of the slogan."

03/01/2013
"I bought my KC&CO poster and mug from Barter Books long before it became so famous, so if anyone has the rights to it, it's them. How dare Coop say they lose because they weren't greedy. This truly was -- and is -- something for the British, and now people around the world. Hands off, Mr. Coop. Be like the folks at BB -- share, because there's enough to go around. Overturn the Trademark!!!!!"

03/01/2013
"Keep calm and carry on !"

03/01/2013
"Attempting to copyright this goes against everything it originally stood for"

03/01/2013
"Yes! My copyright violation, Keep Calm and Carry On. How can anyone presume to be able to copyright a statement so long in the public domain. Give us a break! What next, copyright God Save the Queen!"

03/01/2013
"Best of luck to you! "

03/01/2013
"Best of Luck. Crass capitalism be damned. "

03/01/2013
"One should not be allowed to trademark history or colloquial phrases. The slogan belongs to the people. The idea of private ownership of everything finds a silly expression in the EU granting such a trademark. Time to reverse an ill-informed decision. "

03/01/2013
"Shame on Mark Coop"

03/01/2013
"My money (my parents' money) paid for these to be created in 1939. These designs are public and must not be allowed to be copyrighted by a "discoverer"."

03/01/2013
"Born during WWII, I knew this as a family battle cry when things looked tough. I do not need it to belong to some business for their exclusive use. "

03/01/2013
"It would be a shame to see an individual exploiting part of our shared history."

03/01/2013
"Rule Britannia !"

03/01/2013
"Hands-off mate, you're being a little bit cheeky and more than a little self-serving!!! "

03/01/2013
"It is disapointing that people feel they have the right to commidify anything. "

03/01/2013
"I'd like to know how you plan on taking action? Will you collect money to challenge the trademark? Or lobby the Government using their epetition website to get it debated in Parliament? How do you overturn a trademark that's already granted? Rebecca PS I am a marketing expert and have some suggestions for this page Add the means to Facebook or Tweet once you've signed the petition - this will help add to viral spread. Happy to give more advice - just email me"

03/01/2013
"Yet another example of the ridiculousness of "IP" law & associated systems, and their being abused by those with no shame."

03/01/2013
"well done Barter Books! i sincerely hope you are successful."

03/01/2013
"Cooper; a war profiteer"

03/01/2013
"Time to call an end to the abuse of trademark, patent, and copyright rights. The only entity that can trademark this is HM Government, surely?"

03/01/2013
"An outrage the scenario has managed to get as far as this. Keep fighting people, Mark Cooper deserves to lose what is not rightfully his!"

03/01/2013
"I've seen the clip of Coop. Interesting how someone can make blatantly false assertions, as if he invented this. And he shouldn't whine about working so hard on this as if no one else did."

03/01/2013
"This belongs to the British people."

02/01/2013
"Absolutely right you can't trademark heritage! THIS MAN HAD BETTER STOP."

02/01/2013
"It's a British symbol and needs to stay that way!"

02/01/2013
"The person attempting to trademark this slogan obviously has no original rights to it. It belongs to the British people!"

02/01/2013
"We can run an article on www.buybritish.co.uk if you put one together for us. Cheers, Alastair"

02/01/2013
"Hang on, KEEP CALM is a national - it's a human - treasure that ought not be subject to copyright. I suggest you retire gracefully and pay your legal team off in quiet. "

02/01/2013
"It is such a pity that some people just see £ signs."

02/01/2013
"Dear Mr Mark Coop, You said in a statement to the Guardian "All I am trying to do is protect my business and my livelihood and prevent other people jumping on the back of what I'm doing." Errm.......you've jumped on the long running bandwagon and now whining how unfair it is people are objecting to it? Hope you lose your trademark application and leave for open use a national wartime slogan. Yours, a calm and carrying-on UK citizen"

02/01/2013
"Not many have realised that they would have only seen the poster had Germany actually landed on the beaches."

02/01/2013
"HANDS OFF THIS BELONGS TO US"

02/01/2013
"Out today in a forest near Strasbourg, France we came across a small memorial to an RAF Lancaster bomber crew shot down in July 1944 after a raid over Germany. Perhaps Mr Coop could slap a copyright on the names engraved there and earn a few bob from visitors passing by. Another nice little earner..."

02/01/2013
"As ridiculous as trying to repatent aspirin. Keep up the good work on this campaign. I suggest you also collect a list of the items Mr Coop's company produces, so we can boycott them."

02/01/2013
"Best of luck with this greasy little oik!"

02/01/2013
"I'm tired of people like Mark Coop using the copyright and patent system for gain when their contribution to creation process is zero."

02/01/2013
"I'm proud to have purchased my copy of the poster directly from Barter Books long before this "war" started. As an American, I regard it as my own little piece of British wartime history, and I'm glad to lend my support to keep it that way!"

02/01/2013
"More money grabbing with no effort..all power to Barter Books!"

02/01/2013
"After reading about this I'm finding it very hard to keep calm. "

02/01/2013
"My daughter first brought Keep Calm to my attention some years ago and we both support Barter Books in their quest to keep calm and carry on. "

02/01/2013
"This really won't do... (c) 2013 Opportunistic Rotter"

02/01/2013
"Keep this great sentence for the public. Keep off Coop!"

02/01/2013
"Please, someone in Brussels and DC take a sip of British common sense and let our heritage remain free. We fought long and hard from 1939-1945 to keep that freedom possible. Don't forget that!"

02/01/2013
"I support this petition to ban the effort to trademark history and make money on it."

02/01/2013
"Good luck Barter Books, we love you."

02/01/2013
"I support the campaign to oppose the registration of a phrase that was a WW2 slogan."

02/01/2013
"Fully support this cause against this shameful and unnecessary court action. "

02/01/2013
"should not have been allowed in the first place eddie"

02/01/2013
"Attempts to trademark this are outrageous."

02/01/2013
"I support Barter Books' right to profit from their own ingenuity, not Mark Coop's wish to make money from something for which he can take no credit. "

02/01/2013
"Good luck to Barter Books - they, like the slogan, are a national institution. "

02/01/2013
"Keep calm and keep up the good work"

02/01/2013
"You cannot trademark history"

02/01/2013
"How sad that there is always someone determined to spoil things for everyone in the name of making a fast buck. Was so happy to receive prints and mugs 5yrs ago from Barter Books, hate to think of someone snatching CC&CO away from the world."

02/01/2013
"I can't say it better."

02/01/2013
"This one time only I will not keep calm and carry on. Please hear our voice and prevent this trade mark from becoming one greedy mans money spinner."

02/01/2013
"Good luck to Barter Books."

02/01/2013
"You have all my support! I will spread the word and hopefully get other people to sign this petition. "

02/01/2013
"Keep up the good work! This slogan belongs to the British people, and we should all be able to use it freely."

02/01/2013
"I dont like greedy sods"

02/01/2013
"I support this campaign to prevent the appropriation of what is public property. Keep campaigning and create a win. "

02/01/2013
"Good luck. Down with the capitalists!"

02/01/2013
"Keep calm and put an end to this nonsense. No trademark!"

02/01/2013
"I bought a copy from Barter Books before the poster and spin-offs went viral. I support your campaign unequivocally (although I did buy a key ring from a stationery shop...)"

02/01/2013
"I am sure that all members of the Aln Valley Railway are behind you Stuart and Mary. Keep Calm and You Will Win!"

02/01/2013
"As a Northumberland resident I must say all credit should go to Barter Books. I am shocked to find such an unscrupulous effort by another individual was supported by an EU body."

21/11/2012
"The blatant arrogance of Mark coop is indicative of the opportunistic profit hunter. He should be defeated without doubt Good luck to Barter books & all opposing this gross injustice, as word spreads I'm sure 99.9% of people will agree and support you! "

14/11/2012
"This is an open and shut case. There is evidence in the public domain that the design is not actually owned or even designed by Mr Coop. It belongs to the public domain in the UK. Not only is Mr. Coop morally and ethically wrong, but legally he is in the wrong. The decision should be overturned on a legal basis pure and simple. The trademark office has made a mistake....Pure and simple. Mr. Coop did what any entrepreneur would try and do, but in this case he is wrong. The prior art does not belong to him. "

12/11/2012
"'Keep Calm and Carry On' is such an iconic phrase for Britain and should be free for the people of Britain to use!"

09/11/2012
"Keep calm and save this phrase!!! "

07/11/2012
"Something that this claim have to be public. You have all my support."

28/10/2012
"Surely he could be had for plagiarism...........stealing someone else's words I dont think you need copyright for that? "

26/10/2012
"The trademark is valid with the Crown. But the lettering should never be put in a straightjacket. We'll otherwise lose the freedom to use words. In the end we may have to shut up and carry on. Peter Chellen"

24/10/2012
"I agree Keep calm must be an open logo"

21/10/2012
"A joke. So anyone can go an earn the copy right any thing in the history then because they got money.."

19/10/2012
"I can't believe what I have read. How can you register keep calm and carry on when it already belongs to the English public. It was a saying to keep people going and up beat in terrible times. Good old English stiff upper lip. if most had spotted a business oputunity like Mark wouldn't any man have made it part of their advertising campaign to support the British legion, veterans of the war and today's help the heroes, and do some good with a forgotten poster and remind people of it's true meaning. What next I wonder. Home sweet home owned by someone in Europe. Come on this is crazy. Keep calm the worlds gone mad. "

16/10/2012
"More power to your elbow Barter Books "

12/10/2012
""Keep calm and join to police academy""

11/10/2012
"Business is business, but this is just ridiculous. "

01/10/2012
""Keep Calm & Carry On" has been a daily saying in my family's households since I was a child. I'm now 55."

30/09/2012
"Let us not yield to the greed and selfishness of this individual. What a moron!"

30/09/2012
"The first purpose of copyright and trademarks is surely to protect the creators. This man did not create the phrase or the visual - the British wartime government did. He did not discover the poster or bring it into the public domain -- Barter Books did. The EU is supposedly about ensuring free trade and competition, yet this man's sole objective is anti-competitive: to prevent other people from using something iconic and widely loved which he did not create. His behaviour is utterly selfish and unethical. Hopefully the EU trademark will be overturned. "

27/09/2012
"Disgusting how he thinks it's his God given right to take things that DO NOT belong to him nor was the result of his own intelligence or creativity! Poor excuse for a human being! This is part of our heritage and history and should be available to ANYONE!"

21/09/2012
"I object to nasty cynical companies cashing in on generally nice things. Its unpleasant and should be stopped. "

21/09/2012
"this is a commonly used phrase. it is devoid of distinctive character and is not capable of indicating the origin of the goods/services in question."

20/09/2012
"this is a British saying and should belong to the British people how the hell can some body own this when its all about us being British"

17/09/2012
"Crazy that this can be trademarked a gorss distortion of the point of trademarking in order to get esclusive access to what should be in teh public domain. "

17/09/2012
"The trademarking of well used comments or phrases is absolute nonsense. What next "abirdinthebush.com" - crikey, it's already taken !!!"

14/09/2012
"Keep Calm and Hands Off! We should dedicate this sentiment to those who Kept Calm and Carried On so we have the freedom to sign this petition. Like history, it belongs to all of us."

12/09/2012
"Keep calm I know law of persons"

12/09/2012
"Now Panic And Freak Out - This is a farce. If it is a trademark that simply means I cannot trade using the same phrase, does it not? Surely the crown cannot be used as someone's trademark, it is a Royal Cypher. The words pre-exist as a common and historical expression. Europe has srewed up big time on this one."

09/09/2012
"Invented in 1939. Need I say more?"

04/09/2012
"This is gwt but where do I find my keep calm I created"

25/08/2012
"Keep Coop out!"

21/08/2012
"I think that the fact that a British citizen is legally stealing a British wartime slogan developed by the British government is appalling and the fact he says he has to protect his livelihood. He didnt deveop it, he doesnt use it as it was developed for and he should not own it now and its such a shame the government let it happen. Now innocent people are being sued all because of a slogan that was meant to help the brittish through hard times. The law needs to step in and correct this immediately! He may have owned it since 2011 but the public has owned it much much longer."

21/08/2012
"I hope that this decision gets reversed and that this historic phrase is put back into the public domain. "

18/08/2012
"This phrase and variants of it are seen all over souvenirs and posters by different companies. It is very much a part of British history and it should NOT be copyrighted by one man who didn't even come up with the original idea! Mark Coop has NO RIGHT WHATSOEVER to claim it as his own. In the revised words printed on my favorite coffee mug do say: Sod Calm and Get Angry That we are!"

17/08/2012
"I fully support the application to cancel the trademark on the grounds that the words are too widely used for one person to own the exclusive rights."

14/08/2012
"Outrageous!!!"

12/08/2012
"Keep Calm & Sign The Petition! "

11/08/2012
"Good Luck! "

01/08/2012
"Disgraceful "

31/07/2012
"I think its ridiculous it got this far, all for a selfish business man who only sees money, well done youre a real credit to the human race."

31/07/2012
"No one should be allowed to trademark images and phrases already in the public domain. They did not create it so they should not be given exclusive rights to it. How much more this. How can one man presume to trademark a piece of history."

29/07/2012
"No one should have a trademark on an expression. That is ridiculous. Mark Coop should be ashamed of himself! "

26/07/2012
"Keep Calm and Get a Grip Mark Coop!"

26/07/2012
"Be fair..... "

24/07/2012
"The EU has made a mistake on this ruling! how can one greedy self obsessed man claim to oen a national catch phraise!!!!!!! MUCH WANTS MORE! "

23/07/2012
"This is ridiculous, he can't trademark something like that!"

19/07/2012
"The act of trademarking a phrase that was in the public domain is dispicable. Mark Coop claims that no one knew about the "Keep Calm and Carry On" phrase before he made it popular, so he has every right to trademark it. Well, thats like going to your friends house and finding a $20 dollar bill in the sofa and keeping it on the grounds that "you didn't know it was there so I get to keep it!" "

19/07/2012
"This is a ridiculous lawsuit. It means anyone can copyright anything. I can copyright the word "yes"? Crazy"

17/07/2012
"It's a British message, designed & printed in Britain & owned by the British, not one man! "

17/07/2012
"How can any one copyright a public domain item? It is for all to use. The government needs to step in and stop this as it was the British Government in WWII who got it made in the 1st place. This kind of Public Domain theft has been creeping in on PD film footage of WWII as well. All I can say from the other poster in the series is YOUR COURAGE YOUR CHEERFULNESS YOUR RESOLUTION WILL BRING US VICTORY "

15/07/2012
"Mark Coop is one of those guys who needs a good punch in the face. He should never ever have been granted that patent."

13/07/2012
"Outrageous and probably illegal."

12/07/2012
"This trademark was a mistake. Please be diligent about correcting this error as soon as possible!!"

12/07/2012
"Barter books seems to have more "ownership" than anyone else. Cutting off barter books from the poster and passing it off as one's own seems like theft!"

11/07/2012
"This phrase should be public domain. He should have to prove that he came up with the phrase, to be able to copy-write it. It's like copy-writing "I love you". Ridiculous! "

11/07/2012
"There should be no need for this petition to even exist! Let's hope that common sense and justice prevails in the wake of an over active ego of one individual."

06/07/2012
"This slogan is now everywhere - heading for complete overkill! Mr Coop is making an obscene amount of money from something that effectively belongs to the British Public, money from this should go either to Charities or the National Health Service. I shall forward this to all my friends. Amanda Morgans"

02/07/2012
"Please overturn this trademark."

02/07/2012
"i hope this issue will be resolved. in the ever increasing greed of companies, individuals, and the unscrupulous, it is a crying shame than any ONE person should profit/steal a phrase that was created in a desperate time for a nation's encouragement and unifying shout: KEEP CALM and CARRY ON during such a devastating time (at war). let us all still shout, print, create in art or otherwise communicate amongst countries worldwide, KEEP CALM and CARRY ON in any form of communication we wish without this individual's intereference of free speech! thank you for your efforts to this cause!"

28/06/2012
"Keep calm and overturn this trademark!"

27/06/2012
"Put an end to trademarking public domain phrases!"

25/06/2012
"this poster is part of our history and we should not allow this to happen, the british people went through enough turmoil in that period and no single person should be allowed to own it or any other for that matter."

25/06/2012
"This is out of order its akin to theft of the people of this country"

24/06/2012
"This man doesn't own the phrase. He didn't create it, therefore he shouldn't be given the right to take it away from the people of England."

24/06/2012
"A saying like that should not be trademarked. Let it go and maybe it will come back to you! "

22/06/2012
"Thank you for doing this."

22/06/2012
"How very sad...We, in the United States of America, do have First Amendment rights...We will stand strong against you Mark Cooper and your thievery of a term coined some time ago!!"

21/06/2012
"Let's home moral common sense prevails and this individual is made an example of! "

21/06/2012
"As someone whose been observing this whole sceanrio from afar I can't really see how your 'campaign' stands up. I mean, this guy Mark Coop saw an opportunity to trademark something that doesn't belong to anyone, in order to protect his own business interests. Fair play..."

21/06/2012
"free the phrase!"

19/06/2012
"Seriously - this just seems to be such a greedy thing to do. We ALL use his phrase - surely it is really public domain?"

19/06/2012
"I've loved the original "keep calm" poster for years. Although I'm an American, I think the poster epitomises the grit and tenacity of the British people during a frightening time in their history. The man who pinched this phrase in the name of personal greed should be ashamed of himself."

19/06/2012
"the phrase belongs to the people of the UK...."

18/06/2012
"This man did not coin this phrase! It should be free to use for anyone!!!"

17/06/2012
"Is there no respect for history?"

17/06/2012
"Truly, does Mr. Coop really want to put profit above patriotism? I feel terrible for this mess, that really shouldn't have taken place at all. I love this logo and my heart goes out to all in the UK!"

17/06/2012
"Shame on you Mr Greedy Coop! I can't think of anything to say about him that would not be considered offensive. What's next on your copyright list? No wonder you "quit your daytime job" you spend to may hours thinking of ways you can mess with others and make yourself look like a complete fool. "

16/06/2012
"This man has no right to trademark this phrase. It is insulting to the second world war generation, and it is a cynical attempt to make money by producing tacky merchandise whilst purporting to celebrate 'britishness'."

16/06/2012
"I like the original keep calm and carry on but I think it has gone all abit too far now!!i went in a shop the other day anti had a poster sayin keep korma and curry on!! I think it's all gettin stupid now!!"

15/06/2012
"Nightmare it's British, so therefore it should be free ! "

15/06/2012
"I remember seeing the BBC News interview with Mark Coop and being puzzled by his claims. His protestations didn't make sense as years earlier I'd bought Keep Calm and Carry On souvenirs from Barter Books in Alnwick. It is very sad that Mark Coop has now a) registered the phrase in order to be the sole benefactor from the design b) seems intent from the interview to incorrectly suggest that it was his idea to reintroduce this iconic and historic poster to the world and c) is trying to perpetuate the notion that he is the rightful and sole custodian of such a historic, national slogan. Sadly the EU trademark body has granted him the rights to the phrase and done what the Intellectual Property Office in the UK sensibly and rightly refused to do. I hope this petition will see this decision reversed and allow those that were working with an originally copyright free design (long before Mark Coop claimed it as his own) continue to do so."

15/06/2012
"i love keep carm!!!!"

15/06/2012
"I love this saying and was really looking foreward to getting the stamp set as I have been looking for one like it for ever. "

14/06/2012
"Freedom is in Peril Defend Us from Mark Cooper"

14/06/2012
"I think it's sad that someone feels the need to control the use of a specific phrase. Please allow this to become public domain again. It is such a wonderful phrase that has come to mean so many things. "

14/06/2012
"It is just wrong that one man would be allowed to 'own' history! This is something that should be kept for all to use as in the spirit in which it was originally created. Mark Coop really should be ashamed for what he did!!! Donna Warden"

14/06/2012
"Please, let's share and let everyone use this wonderful phrase! Keep it public! I have a wonderful new stamp set with the phrase that I would love to be able to use!"

14/06/2012
"In no way should just one soul have ownership over a phrase that is so iconic espeically when that person had no hand in creating it! This is Capitalism at is worst!!"

13/06/2012
"I absolutely love this phrase and was delighted to see it in our new catalog!! Please let us keep using it!!"

13/06/2012
"I can understand free enterprise but to deny use of a public phrase is not "free" enterprise."

13/06/2012
"Shame on Mr. Coop for his greed and ego."

13/06/2012
"I would love to continue stamping this image, please release for public use!"

13/06/2012
"It is a phrase..... keep it public. "

13/06/2012
"We should be able to use this stamp set as how can this be legal? Keep calm and do away with Mark Coops claim. "

13/06/2012
"Nostalgia should never be trademarked.... "

13/06/2012
"Shame on you Mr Coop."

13/06/2012
"The phrase is a renowned British WWII slogan and should remain respected as such. It was thought up by the British Gov't and irrespective of time should remain a free slogan for use by the people it was intended for, Not for parasitical financial gain. That the Trademark office of the EU allowed this says a lot also. Hopefully the US & Canada offices refuse as the UK did."

13/06/2012
"Keep up the good work !!"

13/06/2012
"Please resind this so we may share creativity around the world!!"

13/06/2012
"Please have this rediculous trademark removed!!"

13/06/2012
"This should remain public domain permanently! "

13/06/2012
""Keep Calm and Carry On" is an item of public domain. It is something that I have grown up with, much like "mind the gap" or "keep your chin up". How on earth could anyone think that they could "own" such a motivational phrase, - especially after so many years!? Especially at this time? It is time that society at large be recognized as having the rights that it always had. We hear now of Corporations begin given equal legal rights as individual people in the US, and of private sector "entities" being recognized as being so essential to the health of a nation. What about National Unity and the Public Good? These concepts used to be the most important things to people in both the US and the UK back when this slogan was originated. Taking care of something greater than one's self was paramount. This slogan, and others, signify that spirit. It needs to be spread and encouraged, not purchased and exploited. "

12/06/2012
"Keep calm and carry on :)"

12/06/2012
"Please let this stamp set be released again! This should not have copy right"

12/06/2012
"It is a slogan that puts a smile on your face. If that is robbed from us because of Mr Coops greed then it would wipe the smile off so many people."

12/06/2012
"Unbelievable what some people will do for a buck - no regard for anyone else at all... There is a reason things default to "public domain" over time - they should stay that way!"

12/06/2012
"Honestly, the opportunistic grab for "Im the first" mentality is so ridiculous. It's like trying to copywrite the word "Love" or "Mum" .... "

12/06/2012
"Who the heck does Mark Coop (as in 'chicken'???) think he is and what does he think he's proving besides the fact that he's a jerk? Would you believe his arrogance is going so far as to affect the Rubber Stamp business I run? Stampin' Up!, the company for whom I am an independent business operator, has voluntarily pulled a new set of stamps with the individual words of "KEEP CALM and" and "CARRY ON", "SHOP ON", "STAMP ON", "EAT A CUPCAKE", "CRY A LITTLE (if needed)" Really! What an arrogant person Coop must be. At least Stampin' Up! is honorable and following the high road by pulling the stamp until this issue is resolved. ~Blythe from Mi Wuk Village, CA, USA."

11/06/2012
"Perhaps we all should simply KEEP CALM and BOYCOTT Mr Coop's products....."

11/06/2012
"How could they possibly trademark a phrase that's been in the public domain for decades? "

11/06/2012
"Keep Calm and fight on!!!!"

11/06/2012
"While I appreciate the importance of this slogan during WWII, and respect the Brits for all their valor, it seems rediculous that these words should be copyrighted and kept from being used under different circumstances. Using the logic of Mr. Coop's copyright, wouldn't all cliches and sayings be available to own? "

11/06/2012
"I can't think of anything I could write about Mr. Coop that wouldn't be considered offensive!"

11/06/2012
"Perhaps Mr. Coop will trademark "Merry Christmas" next."

11/06/2012
"WOW - I can't believe someone would trademark a public phrase and not even be the original owner of the poster that was discovered. This trademark should be revoked."

11/06/2012
"supporting this petition from the U.S, also..."

11/06/2012
"I'm not normally a petition signer, but I think this is not a professional businesslike way to make a quick buck and institutions/traditions such as "Keep Calm..." should be protected from such claims! It most definitely should be declined AND I believe that there should be some guidelines put in place to stop any similar related future applications....Is he going to set up a business called "Your country needs you" next?"

11/06/2012
"so sad that he's doing this - is he going to personally visit almost every shop throughout the UK then to get products withdrawn? Most shops these days have items with the slogan on. "

11/06/2012
"Disgraceful that he was allowed to trademark the slogan in the first place! Please get the decision over turned!"

11/06/2012
"This slogan was intended to encourage the public during difficult times. No one person should be allowed to personally profit from the work of another that has been a part of the public domain for so long."

11/06/2012
"that's really sad to see someone so money hungry as to take a common phrase and try to trademark it. "

10/06/2012
"To "own" this phrase is like buying ownership rights to phrases such as "Happy Birthday" or "Good Luck" -- it belongs to everyone, in any form and any font!"

10/06/2012
"Supporting this petition from the U.S."

10/06/2012
"Hopefully, he will understand that lots of people have used that expression, it is a wonderful saying and should not belong to one person! "

10/06/2012
"This phrase should not be trademarked. It's not Mark Coop's idea. Enough said."

10/06/2012
""Mark Coop claims that he brought the poster to the public but the widely known truth is that it was really Stuart & Mary (Barter Books) who discovered and brought 'Keep Calm' to the public in the first place!... " Sounds to me that Mr. Coop is the one that should be arrested for stealing a public domain saying. Please right this wrong."

10/06/2012
"here's hoping the ruling is overturned and this guy realizes the power the people have when he loses his 'trade mark'. phrases etc belong to the people, not just one entity!"

10/06/2012
"This is not Mr. Coop's original phrase - overturn the trademark."

10/06/2012
"Historic remarks cannot be copyrighted. I suggest that all adversely affected by such nonsense join in a class-action lawsuit against the perpetrator. "

10/06/2012
"This phrase should have never been allowed to be trademarked! "

10/06/2012
"happy to sign the petition ......... "

10/06/2012
"It is reprehensible to me that a single person could have [mistakenly] been granted the trademark rights to this phrase. I do hope that it gets reversed!"

09/06/2012
"This symbol of freedom belongs to the world!"

09/06/2012
"No one should have the right to trademark such an iconic image. Here's hoping Mr. Coop's luck has run out!"

09/06/2012
" I feel He sould NOT have the trademark on this saying. Keep Calm and Carry on should not belong to one person, it needs to be shared with the all."

09/06/2012
"Please stop this phrase being trademarked - thanks"

09/06/2012
"This is such an amazing statement and everyone should be able to use it in their own way. Noone should have their name attached to a statement that can be used in so many ways. It's not like a direct quote there are so many ways I have seen this used and no way that one person said all of those."

09/06/2012
"keep calm & stamp on!"

09/06/2012
"I support this cause... this should belong to everyone!! Its not his original idea."

09/06/2012
"It's a shame how some people take advantage of something so sacred. Where's the respect?"

09/06/2012
"I fell in love with the phrase during a visit to the London Transport Museum many years ago. It embodied the spirit of the British people during the war years and explained their victory over a tyrant trying to invade their nation. The idea belongs to the population of England and not to an individual."

09/06/2012
"Let's hope common sense prevails and the trademark is revoked. I applaud Mr Coop for seeing a business opportunity based on an emotive slogan that has once found new meaning due to the recent economic issues facing the people of the UK. But to Trademark the phrase as his own, and prevent others from sharing in the opportunity, is unacceptable. It smack of pure greed and a complete lack of respect for a phrase's origins."

09/06/2012
"Greed is the root of all people and this man is greedy to the bone! How dare Mark Coop insult those that lost their lives and allowed others to KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON!!!"

09/06/2012
"We need this stamp set back in the catalog!"

09/06/2012
"I think people have been saying "keep calm" since the beginning of oral language. Maybe someone should take out a copyright on the words "a, an, the, me, she, it, them and why not throw in a "." as well. Does stupidity have no boundaries? I would like to copyright "shut up." I could make billions!"

09/06/2012
":("

09/06/2012
"Mr. Coops' trademark registration should be revoked - overturned."

08/06/2012
"supported"

08/06/2012
"I feel this phrase should be shared with the world."

08/06/2012
"I am against allowing the trademark to someone who had nothing to do with it in the first place. Enough said."

08/06/2012
"Trademark should only be given to individuals who originate a phrase, artwork or idea. Let Keep Calm remain in the public domain where it belongs."

08/06/2012
"This is a national treasure and shouldn't be "owned" by one unscrupulous, greedy, oportunistic person. What will he try to trademark next? "God Save the Queen"? I fail to see how a body not representing the UK could overturn a decision made within the UK."

08/06/2012
"This is something that should be available all over the world."

08/06/2012
"Does Mr. Coop only own the full phrase? Can people use the phrase in other ways (i.e. KC and Shop On, KC and Eat a Cupcake, etc). "

08/06/2012
"Because I feel that it is not appropriate for phrases to be restricted (freedom of speech) and because of concerns about the business that has the trademark, I request that the trademark for the Keep Calm and Carry On, as well as all similar phrases, be removed."

08/06/2012
"This man dishonors the spirit of the brave people that lost their lives in WWII as well as those that survived. He is no better than a vulture picking their bones clean. "

08/06/2012
"I don't understand how you can trade mark something that you didn't come up with. He did not come up with this phrase. He just wants to make money off of people using something they have been using for years."

08/06/2012
"I'm supporting your campaign, this should belong to to everyone not just one person."

08/06/2012
"I support those opposed to the trademark or Keep Calm.."

08/06/2012
"REALLY!!! How creative of him to come up with this phrase all on his own. And I'm so glad it has such a close meaning to him in his heart. REALLY!!!"

08/06/2012
"How can you copyright something like this? He didn't create it or use it creatively. He just copied it. "

08/06/2012
"What's next? "Have a nice day""

08/06/2012
"Seriously!?!?!?! How stupid. "

08/06/2012
"The greed of some people is astounding to me!"

08/06/2012
"Please overturn this copywrite, so we may Keep Calm and Carry On. The message is universal."

08/06/2012
"This is a historic quote."

08/06/2012
"This belongs to the British people, not just one person."

08/06/2012
"I don't understand how any trademark office would even consider granting the rights to a commonly used phrase but if this isn't overturned then I think I will hurry and get my application submitted to trademark "I love you", I will be a multi-billionaire overnight. (Obviously you can't "hear" my sarcasm when I typed that statement, so just in case you think I'm serious, I was trying to show just how stupid this case is. Seriously, if it doesn't get overturned, what is to keep people from filing for trademarks and profiting on other common phrases?) Joyce Fisher Herrin, Illinois USA"

08/06/2012
"Please allow Stampin' Up to use the stamp set that has this phrase in it. It is very inspirational and used to spread positive energy! Thank you for your consideration. "

08/06/2012
"This phrase is a piece of history and was neither made up nor generated by this man. It should be public domain. It is not his to take!"

08/06/2012
"Utterly ridiculous and a total disgrace if this "man" is permitted to copyright this phrase. He stands for the opposite of what the men who fought in WWII stood for. PLEASE do not allow this to happen. "

08/06/2012
"Unbelievable that someone would take a piece of history and attempt to get rich on it, especially when someone else has done all the work, and has gone through all of the proper channels to allow the public to enjoy this piece of history!"

08/06/2012
"One person trying to make it his own and make money on it so not fair....when this phase carried so many people thru a war that he was not even around for. Bring it back to the people to use as they need to when they need to! Keep Calm, stay strong and carry on!"

08/06/2012
"Mr. Coop should be ashamed of himself!!! I hope this outrageous trademark will be overturned!!!"

08/06/2012
"Words representing such an historical event should not belong to any one person. Here's to hoping the UK can figure this one out - soon!"

08/06/2012
"Just disgusting.... talk about money mongerers.... anything for a buck... "

08/06/2012
"This should be a public phrase for anyone to use."

08/06/2012
"Keeping my fingers crossed this is over turned and can be public for everyone to use."

08/06/2012
"This should be public domain!!!!"

08/06/2012
"Please work diligently to get this TM registration reversed. It is appalling that someone can have such control over history!"

08/06/2012
"I think the slogan should be trademark free."

07/06/2012
"Keep Calm and Share With The World!"

07/06/2012
"How sad and desperate must one be to try to claim an historic saying and graphics as one's own. The person who designed this would be disgusted."

07/06/2012
"Keep Calm and Stop GREED!"

07/06/2012
"Outrageous!!!"

07/06/2012
"This is a well known phrase used by millions around the world. If it wasn't copyrighted originally in Great Britain it should not be copyrighted anywhere, no one should be allowed to copyright it ever! Greed is awful. Keep up the good fight, get the trademark overturned."

07/06/2012
"I am disgusted by one individual trying to Copyright this for his own person financial gain. He has not invented it and therefore is not entitled to it. Am pleased to do my bit to stop him. "

07/06/2012
"Keep Calm and Carry on played a large part of what got us through my husband's years of cancer diagnosis, surgeries and treatment. I would turn the page of my personal calendar, and write those words at the top. For all the difficulties involved in a critical illness, these were my watch words. They still are; they belong to no man, but to all."

07/06/2012
"Since this slogan was created in 1939 by the British government, I feel that it should be open to the public and not claimed by an individual for his own profits, since he is not the slogans creator. I thought the copyrights were for individuals who came up with and designed a slogan?"

07/06/2012
"This should not be trademarked! Public items should remain so."

07/06/2012
"I never realized how this phrase originated. Now that I know, I'll start using it much more often!"

07/06/2012
"This guy should be ashamed of himself. Let's hope his trademark is overturned as it is absolutely ridiculous!"

07/06/2012
"Ridiculous!"

07/06/2012
"Mark Coop, a pox upon you!! What gives you the moral right to claim this British icon for yourself? May the ghost of Churchill haunt you forever!"

07/06/2012
"Shameful"

07/06/2012
"I am astounded that the EU would allow a trademark already turned down in Britain. This should not have happened and must now be reversed."

07/06/2012
"How can one person be so greedy?"

07/06/2012
"Needs to be made public!!! It's an historical catchpharase that this man did not create!!!! It's everywhere....t-shirst, mugs, framed art, etc........it should be kept alive through retail rights!!!!"

07/06/2012
"This is despicable. This was a slogan to create unity and offer comfort for everyone and is now part of history. How can he claim something like this anyhow? That's about as dumb as someone copyrighting the name Mark Coop, and he'd have to pay them each time he said or wrote his name! "

07/06/2012
"Commercializing the essence of the threat posed on freedom during WW2 is repulsive. The words belong to an era & to all the people of England, and no "one" individual."

07/06/2012
"silly, this was NOT his idea.....so it should be public!!!!! It's a part of history.....not something he can keep for himself, it should be shared and kept alive through retailing!!!!!"

07/06/2012
"I agree, this saying belongs to the people not to one individual."

07/06/2012
"While this war time poster was intended to be produced in time of great tribulation, it was not, therefore, it should not be used for the monopoly of monies. This sign would bring comfort to all, and should be allowed to be used by all that would like to use it, without hinderance!"

07/06/2012
"This is appalling. The lengths people willl go to for a buck."

07/06/2012
"This should not be the property of one person. It is a piece of the history of Britain and therefore should be public."

07/06/2012
"One man took what was potentially a national slogan, an encouragement for the public as a whole and 'claimed' it as 'his'. It isn't. Reverse this bad decision now."

07/06/2012
"If it wasn't a trademark in Great Britain, where it originated, it shouldn't be a trademark anywhere!"

07/06/2012
" PLEASE overturn the EU ruling on the Keep Calm trademark!!! Keep Calm should be in the public domain! "

07/06/2012
"All I can say is KEEP CALM and GET IT DONE."

07/06/2012
""Totally Bonkers" - Astonished !"

07/06/2012
"Obviously a serious oversight by the EU to allow this greedy S.O.B. the trademark on something that had become public domain. I sincerely hope this is rectified soon. "

07/06/2012
"This is a totally ridiculous idea that one man can have the complete control over something HE did not come up with. Should be overruled and let anyone use it!! Totally ridiculous "

07/06/2012
"This is crazy! Let everyone have the right to use the saying. "

07/06/2012
"How selfish!"

07/06/2012
"Overturn the trademark that he has no right to have. "Stamp on""

07/06/2012
"I guess I will boycott his items, It should be imminent domain."

07/06/2012
"Allowing this man's trademark to stand is preposterous!"

07/06/2012
"The Original Phrase was VERY Public during the time of War. How can you hold the rights of something that was a patriotic saying to the people of England. The saying was made PUBLIC and not able to be copyrighted in my opinion. If you come up with an idea that is entirely your own then you may copyright it with all legal issues. I feel that this issue should be resolved and in the right direction of all that may use this phrase freely without charge."

07/06/2012
"This should stay as public domain, a piece of history."

07/06/2012
"Let us ALL enjoy this part of history! I have been asking everyone if they knew where this came from. Now I know the history! Thank You!"

07/06/2012
"Ridiculous to have allowed this to be copyrighted! This chap sounds greedy and self serving!"

07/06/2012
"I believe that a copy right of something that he didn't even invent is absurd. It is a part of history, not to be owned by one person."

06/06/2012
"Disgraceful and distasteful"

06/06/2012
"this is just as ridiculous as Top Shop making the RAF roundel a TM and the RAF being told they couldn't use it any more!"

06/06/2012
"I think since the phrase is WWII it should not be aloud to be trademarked. I think Mr Coop is a greedy man. I hope people stop buying his items that are trademarked to him."

06/06/2012
"Stop this foolishness. Absolutely ridiculous."

06/06/2012
"This is a well known phrase - used by millions around the world - no one should be allowed to copyright it."

06/06/2012
"This is a saying that is very British.......and very much-appreciated for it's ability to speak to many occasions and circumstances, whether British or not. How selfish to try to keep it to oneself!"

06/06/2012
"Power to the people!"

06/06/2012
"It's a sad day when something so famous can be trademarked by a person who didn't even come up with the idea"

06/06/2012
"Stampin' Up! has produced a stamp set with the phrase. I would love to be able to purchase it from them."

06/06/2012
"Stampin' Up released a stamp set this month called "Carry On". It has a stamp that says "Keep Calm And", and includes a number of other sayings to complete this phrase - "Shop On", "Stamp On" - and yes, Carry On". Because of this ridiculous issue (and that greedy man), the set cannot be ordered. In my opinion, the stamp set falls under the "parody" umbrella - where it's not copyrighted material as you aren't directly recreating the exact original item. Let's hope the court realizes this guy is an opportunistic idiot and tosses his trademark infringement case OUT."

06/06/2012
"Carry ON!"

06/06/2012
"I don't hold Mark at fault for trying, I simply cannot believe that this was approved by EU . Ridiculous. They should admit their mistake, remove the copyright and carry on."

06/06/2012
"This is a British rallying cry. How can one man claim it as his own when it is meant to be for the whole country. Another example of an unscrupulous entrepreneur putting his love of money before country."

06/06/2012
"Insane!"

06/06/2012
"If the phrase was first used by the govt in a war time poster before this gentleman was born, then how can he possibly claim copyright as it was not his idea? If I was to own the first edition of Superman, I would still not own the trademark to superman. (assuming it was not already copyrighted - but you get the idea!)"

06/06/2012
"What next? Is someone going to trademark 'a stitch in time saves nine' or 'don't count your chickens before they're hatched'? I truly hope common sense prevails here."

06/06/2012
"It's such a simple, reassuring phrase. I just don't understand how it can be trademarked!"

06/06/2012
"How can Mark Coop claim ownership of an image created by the UK Government in 1939 that is now part of the public domain? He MUST be stopped!"

06/06/2012
"This is a message that should be freely shared."

06/06/2012
"Public. Domain."

06/06/2012
"Shame on those that allowed the trademark. Shame on those that take a piece of history and try to restrict its uses for monetary purposes. Nothing but stupidity for the former and greed and selfishness for the latter. Disgraceful. For those that whine that this is a hate campaign, set aside your familial obligations and realize that what you're supporting is wrong. You are not obligated by shared genes or friendship to support something so wrong. Do the right thing. What gives you the right to believe that you or anyone in your family should own anything like this? Your deluded self importance is disgusting."

06/06/2012
"Please allow this to once again become public domain as it was developed by the government for public use and had such a positive message during WWII. Thank you."

06/06/2012
"It is a disgrace that one man is attempting to monopolise this commonly used phrase. I for one will certainly avoid buying any of Mark Coop's products!"

06/06/2012
"If "Keep Calm" belongs to anyone, it must be the people of Britain. I'm a staunch supporter of people being able to protect their own intellectual property, copyrights and trademarks, but this phrase does not belong to Mark Coop. He didn't originate it and has no rights to it. Just as older books are free for anyone to publish, this phrase must also remain in the public domain. It's the only thing that makes sense."

06/06/2012
"This is a bald travesty of decency! Please do the right thing and rescind this erroneously granted trademark!"

06/06/2012
"In the tech world we would call this guy a patent troll. Give it a rest buddy, come up with you own ideas instead of sponging off others!!"

06/06/2012
"This is nuts, the phrase is not yours!"

06/06/2012
"No one should have copyright unless they created it."

06/06/2012
"This trademark needs to be removed. You can't copyright history. What a joke."

06/06/2012
"Carry On!"

06/06/2012
"Keep Calm and Carry On belongs to everyone -- my father proudly fought in World War II -- and all sayings from that war should belong to the public."

06/06/2012
"Keep Calm and Carry On Signing...... No-one should be able to own this Trademark, If I am right in what i've read then well done Britain for refusing the application and thankyou Europe for sticking your nose in to someone elses business yet again. "

06/06/2012
"This is totally unfair and should be illegal."

06/06/2012
"I do hope you will manage to get this overturned. I understand Mark trying to protect his business but this was not his slogan to start off with he just had the foresight to trademark it before others did. "

06/06/2012
"This is outrageous, and I don't know how this was ever allowed !!!"

06/06/2012
"For one and all :)"

06/06/2012
"Something like this should be available for anyone to use. Mr Coop does NOT own the phrase - if anything it belongs to HM government who are not trying to be greedy with it."

06/06/2012
"i think it is discusting that this man has in effect stolen a war time rallying phrase for his own profit surely this belongs to the country and if anyoneis to profit from the sale of goods it should be charities for our armed forces both old and new??"

06/06/2012
"Mr Coop is definitely not displaying the true British spirit and I am disgusted at his actions. Lets all Keep Calm and Fight On!!! "

06/06/2012
"Keep this in the public domain!!!!!"

06/06/2012
"Shame on you Mr. Coop"

06/06/2012
"What is this world coming to. This is part of our history. I see it as inspiration when someone is down. You can't trade mark that. Keep Calm and Carry On!"

06/06/2012
"This is in the ownership realm of the entire UK nation.... NOT one person! Don't be so greedy, you ridiculous man!"

06/06/2012
"Keep Calm Carry On belongs to the people of Britain and should definitely not be any ones private trademark"

06/06/2012
"A phrase or saying is not a quote. It belongs to the public!"

06/06/2012
"Mr. Coop should not be allowed to trademark a phrase that he did not create!"

06/06/2012
"I am very disappointed by this and hope that common sense prevails! "

06/06/2012
"Keep things in the public domain that belong there; we cannot have copyrights obtained when history shows they are not the originator of the phrase or piece."

06/06/2012
"I read that Mr. Coop's application for trademark was originally rejected by the U.K., which is why he went to the EU for the trademark. Obviously, the decision by the EU needs to be revisited, and ultimately overturned."

06/06/2012
"Please save this iconic saying! Don't let this person make money on something that was never his to start with."

06/06/2012
"remember the lady karma!"

06/06/2012
"What a selfish greedy little man to claim this. It belongs to the world and how dare he copy something with Barter Books name on it, remove their name and claim it for himself. If anything he's breached some kind of law there himself by doing that hasn't he??? I hope no one buys his products and I hope he gets a ton of flack on his site. Thanks for starting this, I had no idea it was happening."

06/06/2012
"Please let common sense reign"

06/06/2012
"What has been deemed public domain should not be stolen by one for the purpose of personal gain. This slogan was a wartime phrase that was for the pupose of bringing a nation and it's people together. It's to bad that one man is destroying what helped a nation and it's people during a time of war and emotional need."

06/06/2012
"Where has common sense gone these days! Remove the trademark! "

06/06/2012
"Please make this wonderful saying available to all, not just one person!"

06/06/2012
"This is so wrong !!!"

06/06/2012
"I love this phrase and it's origin is what makes it so special!"

06/06/2012
"Keep Calm and Let It Be Used as it was intended!"

06/06/2012
"Stop this man from stealing something that is not HIS!!"

06/06/2012
"An international icon taken over by a greedy businessman? We won for ugg boots, and we will win KEEP CALM & CARRY ON too!"

06/06/2012
"I love this saying, and all the associated things printed with it. It should be free to use by whomever wants to!"

06/06/2012
"U.K who issued the original image and chose to let it go into the public domain then chose to respect that public domain and turned down the trademark request for good reasons...E.U. shouldn't have stuck their nose in it."

06/06/2012
"Please keep this logo in the public domain."

06/06/2012
"It never ceases to amaze me how selfish some people can be."

06/06/2012
"I dont believe some unscrupulous person can be allowed to do this. Please stop them and leave it how its supposed to be."

06/06/2012
"REALLY??????"

06/06/2012
"keep calm and abolish this stupid trademark"

06/06/2012
"Shame on Mark Coop. To take something the belongs to the British people for greed is just wrong. It shows so much disrespect to all the people who fought, especially those who gave their lives, for freedom. "

06/06/2012
"We support you! "

06/06/2012
"how can one 'trademark' a set of words? seriously!! This world is going money hungry and its wrong. I used to like those Carry On posters and sayings and I will not purchase anything to do with it anymore. A trademark or logo i can understand if they were the original designer but not a set of words!"

06/06/2012
"It is ridiculous that someone was aable to get a trademark on this! Let's hope for a speedy resolution so we can all go about our business; i.e., CARRY ON!"

06/06/2012
"Unconscionable action by Mr. Coop. May justice be served!"

06/06/2012
"Please let the general public enjoy their use of the quote that is presently used in many forms and does not belong to one person for their personal gain."

06/06/2012
"This is just plain wrong in so many ways I can't even begin to speak of!"

06/06/2012
"Keep calm and freedom on!"

06/06/2012
"This is ridiculous as this phrase has been public domain for a long time."

06/06/2012
"What a limited language we would have if all our cultural phrases were trademarked..Whats next? "

06/06/2012
"This is a historical statement that even Americans have been aware of for decades. Trademarking the statement is akin to trademarking "Give me Liberty or Give me Death" for crying out loud. I see this poster and I respect Great Britain and their government for the calm and cool way they handled the horrific WWII experience. Please, Mr. Coop--put patriotism and love of your country's history first. There is room enough for everyone if you sell quality goods (it's called free enterprise). "

06/06/2012
"Sad to think that someone would want to capitalize on such an issue. I hope this petition helps stop one more movement inspired by greed."

06/06/2012
"Mark Coop is a disgrace! This is a British slogan, it shouldn't be owned by anyone. Shame on you, Mr Coop!"

05/06/2012
"A good example of unashamed greed indeed! Keep calm and Karma will prevail!"

05/06/2012
"NO FOR TRADE MARK"

05/06/2012
"WHAT THE HELL, EU. WHAT THE HELL. That is all."

05/06/2012
"so how long does it take to remove this copyright? sounds like its been going on a long time already!"

05/06/2012
"This is outrageous, it is public domain. In my opinion, there is absolutely no reason for ONE person to prevent anyone else's use of the wording, except unscrupulous greed. It's no different from making and selling a Union Jack tshirt. Anyone can do that, the Union Jack is also public domain. This wartime poster wording should be no different. The Crown had the original copyright, if they don't have exclusive right to it then I can't see how anyone else should get that privilege. Even if possible by the letter of the law, common sensibility and connection of culture should preclude grant of any copyright of this wording, in the spirit of the law. "

05/06/2012
"cannot believe the IPO validated the Trademark, it's absurd!"

04/06/2012
"Good luck to you all KEEP CALM"

01/06/2012
"It's absolutely ridiculous that someone that didn't even have anything to do with the creation of this iconic statement can think that they can now not only, 'own' it, but that millions of others cannot. Let's see some common sense please."

29/05/2012
"Keep Calm Campaign is indeed an amazing way to restore the smile on the faces of the british people especially at a crisis situation like this. Hope for the best for it's future and the country."

28/05/2012
"This guy is an embarrassment to our country...although obviously got his business head screwed on. Eu are the real idiots on this for allowing him the © in the first place."

26/05/2012
"This should not be trademarked and any one should be able to use it"

26/05/2012
"Stop this thief, british property!"

22/05/2012
"This sights amazing well done 2 who eva created it."

20/05/2012
"How typical of the modern world in which we live! I hope this petition is aimed at removing all classes of trademark using this phrase and not just those owned by one particular person/company. Good Luck with the fight, I suspect it will be quite some time before this matter is concluded. "

19/05/2012
"I completely support this campaign. These words belong to the British public, not to some unscrupulous businessman."

18/05/2012
"Free use for the public - that's what am voting for."

18/05/2012
"Thanks for taking up the fight to preserve a part of our history for the people - behind you all the way!"

16/05/2012
"i'm shocked at mark coop's behaviour."

16/05/2012
"this is outrageous. I have had problems trying to trademark a simple name!"

16/05/2012
"I remember buying a copy of the poster from Barter Books back in 2006 or 2007 to put on the wall of my history classroom. It's now with me in Cairo, Egypt, and continues to raise a smile. I fully support the campaign to keep the phrase in the public domain."

14/05/2012
"How unscrupulous can some people be! "

13/05/2012
"Keep Calm and Remove Undeserving Trademarks! "

13/05/2012
"Good luck in your campaign. There is no way this shady character should be allowed to get away with such a greedy, selfish act."

11/05/2012
"I can understand the trademarking of company logos and brand names but this relatively new activity trademarking phrases that have been in use for decades is ludicrous! Together we stand, divided we fall... or does someone own this too?!!"

07/05/2012
"So has this idiot won or not? It's a disgrace if he gets away with it, an absolute disgrace! KEEP CALM AND KICK HIS ASS"

05/05/2012
"Yes iconic, but also timely and timeless -- perhaps unfortunately. A perfect statement from a man born to lead at that moment in time and place. Absolutely no one would have -- could have -- done a finer job. G-d rest his soul and bless his memory."

05/05/2012
"This belongs to all of us,not one."

05/05/2012
"Good luck with this campaign which I am more than happy to support."

05/05/2012
"I had thought this sort of copyright extortion only happened here in the U. S. I hope your efforts to squelch Coop are successful!"

02/05/2012
"Keep calm but keep fighting!"

30/04/2012
"I agree! Keep it in the public domain."

25/04/2012
"Copyright shouldn't have been granted in 2011 for a wartime slogan!"

24/04/2012
""I live by my big poster of 'keep calm' at the bottom of my stairs,every morning I look at it when the chaos of children around me :) No way should this happen,it's a piece of our history " Property of Great Britain. Not property of one man to trademark. Even the two owners of the originals do not trademark and stop others using. "There should be a request to the UK Intellectual Property Office to reject this RTM because (1), it contravenes Clause 4 of the Trade Marks Act 1994 in that it includes a part of a Royal Coat of Arms, or at least appears to; and (2) because it contravenes Clause 5(4)(a) of the Trade Marks Act 1994 as it is identical to an unregistered trade mark in use beforehand, namely by Barter Books since 2001. The request has, however, to come from Barter Books itself and not by means of a public petition." "

23/04/2012
"I liked the sentiment of the original poster and have a Barter Books reproduction above my desk. Unfortunately that sentiment has been destroyed by shameless profiteering. However, if Mr Coop did not have trademark protection then there would be even more tat available. It is such a shame that the Great British Public are happy to cheapen the message by collecting their aprons, tea towels, tee shirts and "Panic and freak out" iPad covers but that's the Freedom 'we' were fighting for. I admire Barter Books for not cashing in on this but, inevitably, someone had to destroy the ideal. That's now been done and no amount of trade mark wrangling can undo the debasement of the KC&CO idea. "

22/04/2012
"It's our icon ..not his !"

22/04/2012
"Not an exact science, someone saw a loophole and took it and is now taking advantage "

20/04/2012
"Thanks for fighting the good fight! Here's an infographic I did about the history of the Keep Calm Poster - maybe you can link to it to help raise awareness of the poster's origins. http://www.fibers.com/main/keep-calm-carry-on-history-infographic"

20/04/2012
"Keep calm and carry on belongs to Bartersbooks!!! Hands Off!!!"

18/04/2012
"Co-op not Coop!"

18/04/2012
"This saying means so much to a lot of people... Way more then making money, why can Mark Coop not see that?? This is a big part of history and of some people's lives, one man shouldn't be able to distort that!"

17/04/2012
"What a wonderful poster : the words are timeless."

16/04/2012
"No one person can claim this phrase - it has been around too long and is in general use. It will also ruin the business of too many people. This is fuelled purely by greed and not at all in keeping with the sentiment of the original phrase. It was created to keep people positive during difficult times. Not to make money. "

15/04/2012
"As said by the Admin "Keep Calm and Campaign""

12/04/2012
"What we all need is a full blown revolution. We need to speek up en mass when we see injustice!"

11/04/2012
"its just wrong!"

11/04/2012
"Please keep the "Keep Calm and Carry On" slogan free to use! No one should trademark this great part of British history!"

11/04/2012
"Good luck and please carry on!"

10/04/2012
"I cannot understand how anyone can seek to trademark either the poster, the colour, the typeface or the text of a document first published by the British Government. "

10/04/2012
"What a shame that greed has caused this upset... but we shall keep calm and indeed carry on! "

10/04/2012
"How anyone can be allowed to claim as a trademark the words and symbolism of a poster generated by the British Government in the Second World War is beyond me. It is beyond reprehensible and wrong, it is the worst kind of theft to my mind and I would urge that others remember the words of one of the sister publications and act upon it: 'Freedom is in Peril - DEFEND IT WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT' and I can only hope that the third sister publication of the time proves right too - ' your courage, your cheerfulness, your resolution WILL BRING VICTORY'"

10/04/2012
"Keep Calm and Sign Up :O) "

10/04/2012
"Some people will do anything for money! We live near Barter Books and think it is disgusting that this person has decided to hijack a British institution, discovered by Barter Books, who did not feel they had the right to copyright it, and have freely shared it with the world. Shameful behaviour by Coop."

10/04/2012
"This is my mantra for life - nobody (except maybe the people who originally conceived it) has the right to Trade Mark it."

10/04/2012
"Let Britain unite with their love for this slogan! Share your love of Britain, this slogan was not intended for one man alone."

10/04/2012
"this man is deluded. please stop him. "

10/04/2012
"How can the EU be so stupid, hang on what about the Common Fisheries Policy? This Mark Coop chap needs his wings clipped."

10/04/2012
"How can the EU be so stupid, hang on what about the Common Fisheries Policy? This Mark Coop chap needs his wings clipped."

09/04/2012
"Best of luck with the legal battle, we're all behind you."

09/04/2012
"Good luck with your campaign!"

09/04/2012
"My opinion is it is shortsighted to trademark an expression that has so recently entered the common language and captured such attention because it is so British in its sentiment. What might be next; "Let have a cup of tea" or "Merry Christmas"?"

09/04/2012
"We have 'territoirs' for cheese and hams this is no different. This British slogan should be protected"

09/04/2012
"Please Keep Calm, for the people not for one man to gain riches he has never worked for. Thank-you. "

09/04/2012
"This Poster was created for all British people. Please ensure it's message is for the benefit of all, and not for the sole purpose of one businessman hoping to make a buck off of Britain's national pride. Rescind this trademark! A hate campaign? Hardly! It is a "stop this opportunist from ripping off a National Treasure to stuff his own pockets" campaign. "

09/04/2012
"This phrase means a lot to people of the UK who Kept Calm and Carried On throughout and after WWII. We should keep it and make it our own. It's British history and bulldog spirit."

30/03/2012
"Keep up the good work regarding the ridiculous CC&CO claim. While we're at it chaps, can you also look into whether the MoD can trademark the "RAF roundel" give its been in widespread use since the first world war? Thanks!"

30/03/2012
"Everything comes down to money these days, and the greed of man, one man in particular, it seems! I hope this trademark registration will be overturned, and then the slogan can remain in the public domain. Good luck with the campaign! MHW"

29/03/2012
"Utterly appalling prostitution of copyright laws. These laws are supposed to exist to protect creativity and innovation, not stifle other people's creativity. It beggars belief that Mark Coop thinks he can treat this as a "business opportunity" and attack his competitors for not registering it first. I would wonder how he justifies this to himself, but the obvious answer is surely that he wants money for nothing and will make any excuse to back this up. This is an utter disgrace to British business and the memory of Britain's proudest moment in history. He and all who work with him should be utterly ashamed. And if the best defence he can offer is sob stories about a hate campaign, he should be doubly ashamed."

20/03/2012
"How can the EU grant a trademark for something that was already in the public domain - the fact Mark Coop has established a business using this poster is very entrprenneurial , but he did not create anything original. He's just done what many other people have done and maybe been more successful than others at growing the size of his business. It's anti-competitive for his to secure sole rights to this simply because his business is the largest. "

19/03/2012
"Fully agree and support the cause"

19/03/2012
"keep it copyright free!!"

19/03/2012
"It's incredible to me that anyone would even contemplate such a heinous move as this, let alone carry through with it! I do hope Mr. Coop gets the comeuppance he so richly deserves, & loses his unscrupulous trademark registration!"

18/03/2012
"All I can say is "Keep calm and carry on ... Getting more signatures! James Green"

15/03/2012
"Their attempt to take ownership of this phrase is beyond disgusting! I don't care if they claim to own the trademark, I'll ignore it if I see fit and I suggest everyone else does the same."

15/03/2012
"Property of the Great British public not just one man!"

14/03/2012
"How can he trademark this? Did he create it back during WW2? It's out of copyright by now!"

13/03/2012
"The poster is a national treasure and should remain so "

13/03/2012
"I do not understand how when Mr.Coop attempted this in the UK and was turned down, europe granted it. This is a very British thing, and should be available to all. As a comparison, would anyone dare copyright the declaration of independance speach Americans say? i dont think so. So i fully endorse this petition!"

12/03/2012
"This man needs to be stopped from taking away our national heritage and stop him from profting from it. SCUM ......."

12/03/2012
"I wish you all success with this campaign. You have my full support as well as that of my friends...all of whom have been asked to support and sign the petition. Stanley Pearce"

12/03/2012
"A-typical of some profiteering people these sort of actions should be outlawed and the offenders be made to pay the costs"

12/03/2012
"I love the fact that ordinary people can make their own products using this phrase as a base. As a knitting enthusiast my personal take is "Keep Calm and Carry Yarn". In no way should anyone be allowed to tell us we can't use this."

11/03/2012
"Seriously??!! Iconic, war-time morale booster which should belong to the people of Great Britain (including my maternal grandparents) and/or be public domain. Ludicrous that Mark Coop thinks he can win this, and folks in the UK should be getting their MP's involved. You know...Lady Karma has a way of sneaking up on people like Mr. Coop, and when she does...things usually don't end well. (just ask Tiger Woods) Greed is not pretty. If this graphic belongs to anyone, it belongs to Barter Books, who are happy to let others use it. I totally agree with those who have highlighted the difference between how people were during the war years and now. Imagine trying to lay claim to something that was designed to help those surviving wartime, that you had no part of and did not even live through. The gall! Carry On the good fight, people. As Winston would say "We Shall Never Surrender"."

10/03/2012
"This is public domain and should remain public domain. How in the world can something in the public domain be trademarked? This is outragous and stupid. Give us back our public domain!"

09/03/2012
"Ownership of a copy of the original printing is irrelevant to the matter. The only thing that matters is the date of the original printing. Once something is in the public domain, it remains in the public domain. No national registration office has the right to remove anything from the public domain and grant its sole use to anyone. Good for your campaign - please publish what any national registration office has said, if anything, about any intention it may have to remove this from the public domain."

09/03/2012
"Selfish and greedy; this man is a perfect representation of 21st Century Britain. How different from my Grandfathers generation. Keep up the good work."

09/03/2012
"A sign of the times."

09/03/2012
"Outrageous. How dare he? This belongs to the UK state ie me and 70 million others."

09/03/2012
"I bought my poster from Barter Books long before Mr Coop started up his business. It is not something to be trademarked. I saw recently that someone turned up with an original at an "Antiques Roadshow" event and was advised by the "expert" that they probably had the only original left in the country. No -- you need to do some more research."

09/03/2012
"Bring it on. It'll take more than the deranged ramblings of a few Guardian reading,tofu eating,left wing fools to stop me from making money. You are all clearly disgruntled that none of you had the foresight to trademark the poster. Keep Calm And Jog On Mr Mark Coop"

09/03/2012
"Bring it on. I am not scared of a few, Guardian reading, hummus eating, left wing layabouts. You are all just jealous that you never thought of trademarking the poster for yourselves. Keep Calm and Move On Mr Mark Coop"

09/03/2012
"Keep Calm and No Trademark!"

09/03/2012
"Keep this piece of history free for all!"

09/03/2012
"Surely this original poster is Crown copyright? As this was never published it's in Crown copyright until 2040. This from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crown_copyright#United_Kingdom The duration of Crown copyright varies depending whether material is published or unpublished. Unpublished material was originally subject to copyright protection in perpetuity. However, the 1988 Act removed this concept from British law. Transitional provisions that apply for 50 years after the entry into force of the 1988 Act provide that no unpublished material will lose its copyright protection until January 1, 2040. New Crown copyright material that is unpublished has copyright protection for 125 years from date of creation. Published Crown copyright material has protection for 50 years from date of publication. Those works protected under Letters Patent have perpetual control of reproduction claimed over them despite being published. Works where copyright is assigned to the Crown by an author are subject to the normal term of protection for that particular type of work, for example life of the author plus 70 years for a literary work."

09/03/2012
"I guess Mr Coop will have to keep calm and carry on when he loses."

09/03/2012
"Keep calm and carry on! (Absence of any insignia indicating the phrase might be a registered trade mark; please note. Inaction on the part of the company claiming to own the trademark, which has been notified by using the feedback form on their website http://www.keepcalmandcarryon.com, should be construed as admission that this phrase does not constitute a trademark.)"

09/03/2012
"Why isn't this poster Crown Copyright?"

07/03/2012
"I also ask that you try and invalidate the trademark in the U.S. which was granted."

06/03/2012
"Keep calm and carry on should belong to everyone. Mr Coop would be seen in period the poster came from as a spiv or maybe chancer or even con man, to steel something that belongs to us all. "

06/03/2012
"Why don't I just trademark the union flag!!"

05/03/2012
"It only takes one person to ruin the fun for all!"

05/03/2012
"This should be free for anyone to re produce. the fact that this coop low life is trying to make profit, and prevent others from earning a living is not in the spirit of the original art work at all. He has the nerve to say everyone else is copying him???? He opened his store in 2007! Barter Books have been selling the poster since 2001! Karma will bite him in the arse eventually. "

04/03/2012
"Thank you for the opportunity to complain about this attempted theft. Good luck with the campaign."

02/03/2012
"Keep Calm, and Carry On using the image. Is he rich enough to take millions of people around the world to court?"

01/03/2012
"We were about to use these words, when I discovered this copyright "issue". It is hard to believe. I am ashamed to say, I live in Surrey. But we are not all greedy."

28/02/2012
"its british heritage not copy right....."

28/02/2012
"Mark Coop, what a douchebag"

26/02/2012
"It belongs to the people not one person .... Keep it going ....give back to all Xx"

25/02/2012
"I support this cause as British Icon it is for all to use and enjoy and not owned by anyone."

24/02/2012
"The appropriation for himself via E.U. copyright, is an insult to all who fought for what liberties we have, and to their descendents, the British people. The phrase represents the living spirit of 'John Bull', and since materially 'Keep Calm..' is officially out of Crown Copyright, how can one copyright that which was intended as merely a 'reminder', of what was inherently 'culural' to the people of that time in the first place? Simply not cricket."

24/02/2012
"A US Trademark has now been registered by: Registration Date December 6, 2011 Owner (REGISTRANT) Keep Calm and Carry On Ltd. COMPANY UNITED KINGDOM 14-15 The Annexe, Investment House 28 Queens Road, Weybridge Surrey UNITED KINGDOM KT13 9UT US Registration Number: 4066622 I urge anyone who has any interest in making the dispute in any of the 7 listed trademark classes to formally do so with the USPTO: http://estta.uspto.gov/ US Trademark Disputes can be filed online on a PER CLASS basis. We have just filed our dispute in Class 025 and hope others will follow in the additional classes. - Harold Ross"

24/02/2012
"what an absolute disgrace! Mr Coop should be ashamed of himself! Good luck with the campaign"

23/02/2012
"Mark Coop is nothing more than a common thief. He did not conceive the catch phrase and stole it from the Nation. He was denied copyright in the UK but when this failed duped the EU plebs into granting copyright. I hope he rots in hell."

22/02/2012
"No one person should uniquely benefit from a statement that was used to help inspire the fantastic British Wartime Spirit. The fact that this one man is as a method of making money only and done so in an underhand way stealing the rights from others is disgusting. May he lose his case!"

22/02/2012
"This is outrageous! Mark Coop should be ashamed of himself. -Washington, DC USA"

21/02/2012
"It's a bit of a cheek really. I'm setting up my own company and wouldn't dream of trying to claim rights for something that I had not developed!"

19/02/2012
"Keep calm was a British public quote from the war, one person or company should not be allowed to stop everybody using this quote, in order to just make money for themselves. Keep it public"

17/02/2012
"I did lots of research a few years back to investigate whether I could legally create 'Keep Calm and Carry On' posters to sell on places such as ebay. I still have the email I received in 2008 from the Office of Public Sector Information that plainly states "...the posters, "keep calm and carry on" are now out of copyright and may be freely reproduced" It brought in enough trade that I invested in a stock of professionally printed posters in a few different colours. However, since all 'this' has happened I have been barred from selling on ebay for breech of copyright and am left with piles of posters I can do nothing with. So frustrating! Even if this was not the case I would not support this claim to copyright. I could understand it if it was Barter Book or someone with a similar history claiming ownership, however what's happened seems mercenary and mean-spirited."

17/02/2012
"This amounts to theft from the Nation. KEEP CALM AND FIGHT ON!"

17/02/2012
"Thanks for some common sense in this matter, its simply not British! TTFN, chin up. Chantelle"

17/02/2012
"How can someone trademark a phrase that was created and used by someone else, long before they realised it was a money making idea. "Keep Calm and Carry On" should be in the public domain."

15/02/2012
"This is part of Britain now and should be for us to use and celebrate."

14/02/2012
"Somethings don't belong to one person. This poster is mankind property already. "

12/02/2012
"I don't mind if people create items with these words on, but I do not think that it should be a trademark. A trademark should be something that someone created themselves, not something that someone else made up 80 years ago. It is a public image and should not be trademarketed"

11/02/2012
"Coop is an opportunist !! This slogan belongs to the people of the uk, not this prat!!"

11/02/2012
"you can't copyright an idea you can't trademark history think of your own "

10/02/2012
"It's absurd that the EU could grant a trademark on such a design when it was originally Crown copyright and in the public domain for so long. It's as ridiculous as being able to trademark the shape of a tulip or coffee bean. "

09/02/2012
"Keep Calm everybody! Common sense will prevail!"

09/02/2012
"This is a part of our heritage. It has been admired and become vastly popular since it's dicovery. It should not be trademarked or owned by an individual. It represents the British nation and we should all have the right to use it and reproduce it. If it has to be owned it should belong to the government and any revenues put back into helping our country out of this financial mess."

09/02/2012
"KEEP CALM IS NOT A TRADEMARK"

09/02/2012
"How can this be a trade mark, it's ridiculous. Keep it in the public domain. I'm all for making money but perhaps he should try to have an original idea himself."

09/02/2012
"Mark Coop's actions are deplorable. Copyrighting a well used phrase with 70 years of history, that was originally intended for use by the british government... Disgusting. Also, for those of you saying about owing him money if you say it out loud, that's not the case. Copyright only covers specific uses of phrases or images, in this case, printed merchandise and the like."

08/02/2012
"Disgusting! Anything to make a quick quid these days! I'm 26 and both my grandfathers fought in WWII when this iconic phrase (as well as many others) were put up around the UK to reassure the Great British Public! It is OURS not HIS!"

06/02/2012
"KEEP CALM and PETITION ON! How can one person be allowed to trademark something that is not originally theirs? Out right greed, unpatriotic and unconstitutional! Camille from Canada."

06/02/2012
"Free what was made for the masses in WW2."

05/02/2012
"we will fight them on the beaches."

05/02/2012
"Coop may have been quick and smart to claim a legal copyright (albeit in the EU). However, it reveals a deeply cyncical, greedy, and selfish motivation behind such an action, for it is entirely against the spirit of public community and national patriotism that first evoked the phrase he now seeks to misuse and abuse. Shame on him and his supporters."

03/02/2012
"I think that this is blatant cashing in on the iconic phrase which has been in common use before this ridiculous decision. He does not mention much that UK patent was refused. I hope that very soon this is rectified and anyone can use this phrase"

02/02/2012
"Hands off, this belongs to all of us, it's a piece of history."

02/02/2012
"I saw the "Keep Calm" poster in Barter Books soon after it was discovered. There is no doubt in my mind that Mr Coop has hijacked the discovery in a blatant piece of "business" opportunism that deserves all the boos and hisses from the general public that it has stimulated. If a knighthood can be taken away from a banker, how hard can it be to take away a trademark from a dodgy businessman?"

01/02/2012
"Shame on you Mark Coop, shame on you for hi-jacking a national wartime slogan to meet your own unscrupulous desires. You say this is a hate campaign, but I ask you this, how can we help but hate you when we only have your actions to go on? "

01/02/2012
"Keep calm... is a piece of history! "

01/02/2012
"KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON FIGHTING FOR THIS......."

01/02/2012
"I always beleived that it was in the public domain which meant it was fre for all to use. I can not get my breath that this man can claim copyright on a poster/phrase. Shocked to say the least."

30/01/2012
"Keep Calm IS NOT A TRADEMARK!!!"

30/01/2012
"I bought a copy of the Keep Calm poster at the Cabinet War Rooms Museum in London. For someone other than the original creator to attempt to hold copyright seems wrong to me. Helen, South Africa. "

30/01/2012
"As an inventor I fully understand the need to protect your intellectual property, however, Mark Coop did not 'invent the expression', 'coin the phrase' - call it what you will. How does he think he has the right, either legally or in any other sense of the word to prevent others from using the iconic image and graphic representation. He will be wanting to trademark the Union jack next ! "

29/01/2012
"absolutely agree - keep calm is not a trademark its a british icon !!! not owned by any individual but all the people "

29/01/2012
"I will use the image regardless,,, stuff them,, Keep Printing and Carry On!!! it belongs to the public,, as does the internet,,, RESIST! the war was faught... lets not allow THE NEW WORLD ORDER SILENT WAR TAKE AWAY YET MORE OF OUR FREEDOM!!!! And Stick Mark Coop in a FEMA camp!!! idiot,,, I bet he is a BIG Manchester United Fan Also!!!"

28/01/2012
"this is very annoying how people are just editing this VERY historical poster and it's not good but on your website you have put exactly the same by editing the poster to say KEEP CALM IS NOT A TRADE MARK!"

28/01/2012
"Keep Calm and carry on the fight"

27/01/2012
"To me this is simple. If you invent something new it's completely fair that you get to trademark / patent it. If you have copied something then it is not yours to trademark / patent. Keep Calm originally belonged to the government and now belongs to everyone."

27/01/2012
"I wish you well in your campaign !"

27/01/2012
"The Keep Calm slogan was designed for the British public in wartime. Though we are at peace the slogan should still be available to the British public, not owned by one person. "

25/01/2012
"As a long established WW2 Civilian Re-enactor I give my time freely to schools and at events to keep knowledge of the 1940's era and history 'alive'. It's been great seeing this poster entering into popular consciousness. It's also fun and refreshing seeing it being used freely, (thanks to the owners of the two known copies having the right 'Spirit'!), by small businesses all over the UK."
  RESPONSE BY: Admin on 26/01/2012
"Thanks for your support & comments. Keep up the good work keeping the 40's era alive. Good show!"

24/01/2012
"What about the crown picture used in the poster? Can anyone use that too? "

22/01/2012
"Please do not take something that was never yours to begin with."

22/01/2012
"Unbelievable. "

21/01/2012
"This is a piece of British history and no one person should have the right to prevent others using the phrase / image. How something which has always been in the public domain can be trademarked by an individual is beyond me. It's all about greed. "

21/01/2012
"Enough profiteering from an affectionate national ethos. Anyone who tries to own this clearly does not understand it."

17/01/2012
"KEEP CALM AND LEAVE US ALONE"

17/01/2012
"Seems absurd that a trademark registration would have been awarded in the first place. Here's hoping it is revoked."

17/01/2012
"The poster should remain public property and used by as many people as would like to. Good luck in the campaign."

16/01/2012
"Keep Calm And Don't Steal Our History, Sir! "

16/01/2012
"It seems a total disgrace that someone who has put no original thought whatsoever into the creation of a design/slogan should be able to register it in Europe and prevent free access to it for other businesses who were making a legitimate income from it and not seeking to do so at the expense or freedom of others. The slogan is apt since it should be applied to everyone who is marching against Coop to prevent this charade from continuing. Coop clearly has no shame but he could maintain some dignity by giving up this puerile fight to defend the indefensible."

16/01/2012
"Keep Calm, and keep calm public!"

15/01/2012
"Keep it free for everyone to use as they wish."

15/01/2012
"So many businesses will suffer if this logo is trademarked - not just the retailers but the companies who have made this iconic logo available to all."

15/01/2012
"Appalled by Mr Coops money grabbing tactics."

12/01/2012
"Times have changed and the internet allows people to take ideas and enhance / modify or develop them. Whilst Mark should be allowed to use and develop the image - he should be able to restrict others from doing the same, either in original form - or is its other uses."

12/01/2012
"It's stunts like this that give intellectual property laws a bad name. It's perfectly obvious that Mr. Coop is not the originator of the phrase "Keep calm and carry on," and has no basis to lay claim to any trademark thereof. And to be blunt, I attach less blame to Mr. Coop's obvious attempt to make a quick buck than I do to the idiot bureaucrat who granted it to him."

11/01/2012
"public domain should be public domain! go keep calm campaign!"

09/01/2012
""trademarking" is all very well but this is a ridiculous use of it."

09/01/2012
"I object to the underhanded and sneaky way that Mark Coop has tried to trademark a piece of British history. He should be ashamed of himself and should realise how cheap it makes him look."

08/01/2012
"mark coop is a big ************* and needs to be brought down. Its not his it belongs to the british public no argument accepted ever."

06/01/2012
"Keep calm & carry on printing folks ;-)"

05/01/2012
"The phrase "Keep Calm and Carry On" should remain in the public domain. I do not support granting trademark rights to an individual or organization who had nothing whatsoever to do with the creation of the original phrase and/or poster. Shall I trademark/copyright the act of breathing and thus require every living soul to pay me tithe for that which is their right? I think not!"

05/01/2012
"Something like this can't be copyrighted! It is very famous and far to used now anyway and what makes him think he can copyright it? he needs to keep calm and MOVE ON"

05/01/2012
"This is a ridiculous trademark application brought by an unscrupulous individual. It is beyond what is considered acceptable behavior among decent people."

03/01/2012
"Hands off our heritage!!"

02/01/2012
""Keep Calm And Carry On" is a great thing and I don't believe it should be trademarked for hipsters or anything for that matter."

31/12/2011
"Shocking behaviour by Mr Coop, the poster/slogan belongs to all of us. "

31/12/2011
"This is Owned by Everybody in the UK"

28/12/2011
"Keep Calm and Stand Up for What is RIGHT!"

25/12/2011
"This guy should be slapped down. Trying to trade mark something in the public domain? Immoral & crazy."

24/12/2011
"Another example of an attempt to steal more of the family silver - this belongs to us all, lets keep it that way!"

23/12/2011
"KEEP CALM... not likely... my advise, CARRY ON using it... "

23/12/2011
"'Keep Calm And Carry On', both the phrase and the poster, is a brilliant manifestation of the awesome British stereotype. It shouldn't be used just to make money. I'd shout 'Viva la Resistance' but it isn't very British... God Save the Queen! (and our poster!)"

23/12/2011
"this is lovely! "

22/12/2011
"Having developed the first Keep Calm and Carry On app ( http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/keep-calm.../id393497171?mt=8 ) I believe that the saying should remain public domain. "

21/12/2011
"This is ludicrous. I have nothing against a person making money through their own hard work and endeavour but this is like putting a trademark on "don't panic", "nobody move" or any other phrase often used in the english language or films. Keep Calm and Carry On is a phrase NOT a product. I will be using it... a lot. DV Henderson"

21/12/2011
"I did originally see the original BBC coverage and had to strongly agree with Mark, as I have a company passing off as Mine. I was messing around making some A2 posters today designing some bespoke versions for friends and family and I decided to delve a little more into the history. So you have another to your list. Just ignore it and Carry on printing your own. "

21/12/2011
"Its disgraceful, but this isnt the first time something like this has happened, there are plenty of similar cases where greedy people have trade marked well known descriptive words or phrases, and then gone on a bit of a rampage having small business shut down, another good example which is a hot topic at the moment are the words shabby chic, a well known phrase used for many years to describe something worn but stylish which has been trademarked in america, the laws regarding trademarking need seriously looking at, descriptive words and phrases in general should not be allowed to be trademarked, a line needs to be drawn somewhere, i am really pleased someone is taking a step up and tackling the issue, lets hope it brings reform."

20/12/2011
"Another Murdoch in the making I think. He must be stopped from making a mockery of our heritage!"

20/12/2011
"It's disgusting and morally wrong of this fool to take advantage of something so sentimental and precious in the history of this country, merely for his own selfish financial gain. He should be ashamed of himself! "

19/12/2011
"As an American, I sincerely hope my country and Canada does not give a trademark to Mark Coop who, in my humble opinion, is nothing but a selfish, unscrupulous entrepreneur. I think it is ridiculous that people are able to trademark common phrases and thereby stop others from making an honest living. "

18/12/2011
"KEEP CALM OR GO HOME"

16/12/2011
"The trend will be over soon. You're wasting your time trying to trademark this. Get a life."

16/12/2011
"I really hope that this will not be allowed to happen. "

15/12/2011
"It is very wrong that this unscrupulous person is trying to wilfully damage other legitimate business."

14/12/2011
"We have been trading on eBay since 2002. We received a VeRO notice for Trademark Breach in August 2011. We had to remove any Keep Calm items from eBay to protect our account, however we have continued to sell the products through every other channel as we do not feel that the claim is valid. "

14/12/2011
"A great British icon. Should be allowed to be used and reproduced and mashed up. Keep Calm and Carry on."

14/12/2011
"I simply cannot understand how British law allows this kind of action or permits unscrupulous people to exploit our collective heritage "

14/12/2011
"Surely this has been in the public domain for so long it's not possible to trademark - it's enough to make you lose your calm!"

14/12/2011
"had ebay listing removed with the keep calm and carry on logo "

13/12/2011
"i have had a warning from ebay ,and a poster removed , how can one person make a claim for text mark trade on something that was refused a uk trademark. "

13/12/2011
"This is a piece of history that belongs to the nation. To try to restrict access and use it for profit is criminal. What happens next? You pay a fee evey time you say "God save the Queen"? "

13/12/2011
"I recently bought various items of this merchandise from a reputable and authorised stockist who had sought legal advice regarding this matter. I have now had my listings removed and compliance warnings set against my ebay business account, I have now lost business, and I am out of pocket for items that will simply languish on the shelf until this IPR issue is resolved. The phrase has been in the public domain for a considerable length of time, and features on many TV programmes, etc. Does Mr Coop intend to ban or sue larger organisations for infringement? I am happy to participate in any group action that seeks to have this incorrect (my opinion) overturned."

13/12/2011
"Unfair exploitation of somebody else's idea and design. Total madness to let him trademark this"

13/12/2011
"After all this time and after all of this support - he is still removing other sellers from ebay........got a problem with the competition Mr Coop?"

13/12/2011
"Mark Coop is abusing the VERO system, he should not be allowed to continue"

13/12/2011
"I sell keep calm and carry on goods to also earn my living and this is unjust. I have had them removed from ebay. So what about me earning a living. This is a great slogan and there is enough business out there for us all to enjoy. These words were around before my life time and Mr Coops lifetime. This has to be reversed!"

12/12/2011
"Quite clearly in the public domain, coop obviously can't deal with competition without resorting to such tactics. Surely this cannot 'Carry On'"

11/12/2011
"It's not his idea and it has been used long before he was out of nappies. He is not worthy."

11/12/2011
"It is disgraceful that someone is able to take advantage of a National Treasure which has been classed as the most important motivational slogan during the Blitz. Amazingly the same people we were fighting against during WW2 have allowed this ignoramus to continue with his trademark which is quite ironic. Hopefully something will be done about this idiot exclusively cashing in on something which belongs to us as right of heritage. Hope he goes bust!"

11/12/2011
"Keep Calm and Justice is here."

10/12/2011
"Keep calm and have some sense!"

10/12/2011
"The poster is Crown Copyright, if anyone owns it it's the Queen. The clue is at the top of the poster!"

09/12/2011
"Keep Calm and Campaign!"

09/12/2011
"bull-shit."

08/12/2011
"Keep Calm and Carry on..."

08/12/2011
"gods of british culture should be free to any one! "

08/12/2011
"Mark Coop should be ashamed of himself. KCACO is such a well loved, iconic phrase that belongs to us all. I'm surprised he felt he needed a trademark, as surely the products with the slogan would sell well anyway, as it is so popular. Pure greed."

08/12/2011
"Thus iconic message must be kept public, and not used to generate revenue for the greedy !!"

07/12/2011
"More money does not buy better law."

07/12/2011
"The whole thing is ridiculous. Why should one person lay claim to a historical document? The whole claim should definitely be reversed. "

07/12/2011
"Allowing a pre-existing artwork such as this to be trademarked sets a precedent. No-one should be allowed to own a trademark on such a thing simply because it has fallen out of copyright. Off with his head!™"

07/12/2011
"Greed should not be encouraged by public processes designed to protect innovation and creation"

07/12/2011
"I'm calm, and I'm carrying on!"

07/12/2011
"Of course this should be kept in the public domain. Anyone who knows the story from Barter Books on the discovery of the poster feels this way and until this man gives any proof to back up his claim then it's nothing more than theft. "

06/12/2011
"Sayings that have become part of the English language should not be trademarked! We have loads - Lie back and think of England - Careless Talk Costs Lives - Not Tonight Josephine! I can understand wanting to use one of these sayings within a business, but not to hogg them and prevent everyone else from doing the same. They are part of the public domain!"

06/12/2011
"It belongs to the nation. "

06/12/2011
"Asserting copyright to 'Keep Calm and Carry On' is both a selfish act and in any event appropriate. The trademark registration must not be approved."

06/12/2011
"Please don't make this, an iconic and significant piece of our social history become a private asset to be banked and exploted for personal gain."

05/12/2011
"Speaking as a graphic designer I struggle to understand the logic behind asserting this phrase is a trademark. A piece of British cultural history yes, but a trademark? Which trade, exactly?"

05/12/2011
"It belongs to everyone, and I think it's terrible that this man has done this. It needs to have free use, and recognise that this was something for the whole of the population when it was created."

05/12/2011
"Ridiculous - next someone will want to trademark "your country needs you"!!"

05/12/2011
"It is really inappropriate that a businessman, who was not even alive - even in the post-war era - should purloin such an iconic slogan for his own private profit!!"

05/12/2011
"There are thousands of quotes and they need to remain free to be quotes. Let quotes be free to live!;;;;;;;;"

05/12/2011
"This slogan belongs to the British people as a whole - it is disgraceful that this man has been allowed to trademark history. I am pleased to see that people are fighting against this ridiculous decision."

04/12/2011
"I am a sole trader on ebay, trying to make something of a living for me and my family. I also work in the public sector and my job is under threat, so have been working very hard to make ebay a success. I have done very well with the 'Keep Calm' designs, and have of course invested in more stock from UK wholesalers. I had 2 of my ebay listing reported and ended tonight, and have chosen to end the others that could be affected rather than have this unscrupulous man cause further damage to my business. Merry Christmas - Bah Humbug! "

04/12/2011
"I see this man supplies John Lewis. If this is the type of person that they deal with then I will not be using them again."

04/12/2011
"OMB i love this saying. i use it for everything. save this saying ;D <3"

04/12/2011
"This has been in the public domain for years. He got his trademark from some European legislation, just another reason to leave the European Union. This poster was used when we were trying to stop Hitler create his own version of a united Europe. How's that for ironic."

04/12/2011
"The phrase "Keep Calm and Carry On" originated from the British Government, it belongs to the whole country. No one individual should be allowed to trademark it"

04/12/2011
"This is like trying to copyright a Churchill wartime speech!"

03/12/2011
"The whole business of Trademarking is getting out of hand especially when it is applied to such designs. Will road traffic signs be next? Will be required to pay a royalty (tax) to read them?"

02/12/2011
"One man cannot own the PUBLIC domain"

02/12/2011
"I am appalled that the government office would even consider giving a trademark for such an historic and significant phrase. Is "Mind the Gap" next? "

01/12/2011
"'Keep Calm' epitomises the British bulldog spirit which helped the country through wartime. It is unthinkable that this iconic statement should be used as a TradeMark. Good luck with the campaign. Stevie Fox."

01/12/2011
"This was and is in the public domain. No one should be able to copyright public domain material."

01/12/2011
"Keep Calm and Don't Threaten Us!"

01/12/2011
"Yet another seller here suffering lower product placement as a punishment by eBay because of this man and his greed. I count myself fortunate that I have another brand of my own to fall back on but many were not so lucky and will find themselves deprived of their livelihood for life by eBay who are as guilty as Mr Coop himself through their cowardice by refusing to fight for their customers! "

01/12/2011
"I think that this is a disgrace, and fully support this e-petition"

01/12/2011
"Amazing selfishness, nerve, and almost certainly a claim based on a lie. It is almost unbelievable that such a trademark would actually be issued by an obviously incompetent or more politely, an ignorant agency, but one trusted to understand what the phrase "public domain" means."

01/12/2011
"The phrase is not original with Mr. Coop, which he admits. He shouldn't own exclusive rights to it for marketing purposes. By his logic one could trademark one of Shakespeare's phrases, perhaps by extension preventing use of it."

01/12/2011
"I think we should all just keep calm and carry on and ignore any trademark. What are they gonna do? Throw us all in jail? m"

01/12/2011
"This does not surprise me. Please see the book Freedom of Expression by Kembrew McLeod. This started out as a prank. Good Luck to you over there."

30/11/2011
"The saying "Keep Calm and Carry On" belongs to all of us. "

30/11/2011
"Keep Calm and Crush Mark Coop"

30/11/2011
"I live in Australia and the local adult education providers used the phrase "Keep Calm and Carry On" in a recent campaign about depression! It's ridiculous to try and trade phrases that are part of the common heritage of thousands of English speakers, and an abuse of the trademark process to try and "buy up" trade mark rights and then prosecute alleged infringements. I hope that Mr Coop fails, as he deserves."

30/11/2011
"It appears that England is losing everything at the moment. For Gods sake let us keep an iconic slogan. "

30/11/2011
"Why should an individual be able to appropriate a public phrase? He didn't create it, write it, just wants to claim it as his personal property. Surely that's not what the trademark law was intended to do."

30/11/2011
"This slogan is part of our history and belongs to all of us."

30/11/2011
"It's simple, it belongs to us, the public to use as we want. He didn't design it or come up with the idea so what right does he have to it? if it's allowed to continue what else will be copyrighted as a result. Phrases such as ' I love you' perhaps."

30/11/2011
"Unless this unscrupulous Mr. Coop actually came up with the initial slogan and poster design himself, I'm not sure what makes him think that his use of "Keep Calm and Carry On" trumps anyone else's."

30/11/2011
"je suis citoyen français, et je trouve honteux de faire du commerce et de l'argent, avec la mémoire du peuple britannique. "
Pierre Seillier

30/11/2011
"Popular expressions, whether we think them silly such as "Have a nice day" are part of our culture. As such they should be available to everyone, and belong only to a moment in time. To take such phrases out of the public domain is petty, greedy, and demeans us all. The issuance of such trademarks should be challenged and overturned."

30/11/2011
" there still is a lot of great in this country"

30/11/2011
"As co-author of a published work entitled Keep Calm and Carry On (my co-author is Jonathan Forrest), I/ we are deeply disappointed that Mr.Coop has seen fit to attempt to deny us and many others of our right to reinvigorate this fine example of British resolve in times of national hardship. It is ironic that we spoke directly to Mr.Coop at the time of first writing our publication and he expressed no interest whatsoever in either working with us or making mention of any spurious copyright or intellectual property concerns. It would no doubt pain him to be reminded !! Good luck with the campaign."

30/11/2011
"This is a far too widely known and used phrase to possibly be trademarked. The attempt by one person to trademark it is a cynical money making ploy which will bring them no credit and less business."

30/11/2011
"This phrase embodies all the most positive attributes of our nation, especially the art of having a stiff upper lip with a smile. Keep it for everyone!"

29/11/2011
"Support from Canada!"

28/11/2011
"can i trade mark something offensive about mark coop? what a disgrace that man is. "

28/11/2011
"Lets keep the history of this wonderful poster and not let one greedy man own the rights to it."

26/11/2011
"KEEP-CALM-is-not-a-TRADE-MARK KEEP IT THAT WAY"

26/11/2011
"Great site! Thanks for creating it. Keep going that way."

25/11/2011
":)"

23/11/2011
"This cannot be a trademark as they were printed by the British goverment during world war 2, the crown is a British goverment symbol it is on post boxes, the old style telephone boxes etc, if anyone owns the trademark it is them."

23/11/2011
"Who does this fool think he is, it belongs to everyone."

23/11/2011
"Surely it's Mark Coop who has committed an illegality? To register something that's out of copyright, for personal gain, should not be allowed. Keep up the campaign."

23/11/2011
"He is well out of order"

23/11/2011
"What a idiot, that is part of britain not for one person to own and make money.. Give it back to us"

22/11/2011
"Let's help firstthebanker sell his last 9 posters!!!"

22/11/2011
"Let us keep Keep Calm"

20/11/2011
"Its all about money!!!The trademark system is rediculous!!!"

18/11/2011
" Might using Copyleft or Share-alike have prevented this? Good luck with the challenge."

17/11/2011
"property of the country and it's citizens... end of story..."

17/11/2011
"we have had nothing but trouble with this joke of a company, we sell artwork on ebay, we have been done twice by his company, for selling this artwork. "

17/11/2011
"Everybody should be allowed to sell this.........!!!!!!"

17/11/2011
"Everybody should be allowed to sell this!"

17/11/2011
"I agree this needs to be removed and put back so that everybody can use this. Our country has been going through hard times. Let us be proud of something our country had. Thank you."

17/11/2011
"How can he be so greedy stealing something that is not his and even saying that he came up with the business when in fact the business was already there.. If for example "GUCCI" did not trademark their name and I did that would be so wrong for me to sell their products. It makes me sick how they let someone trademark a poster that can not be copyrighted. If credit needs to go anywhere it should have been barter books and not him. This is our heritage and belongs to everyone in ENGLAND."

17/11/2011
"I have been issued a trade mark breach, for selling canvases that were obtained 100% legally"

13/11/2011
"yes keep up the compaign it is not a trade mark bout time we fought for the rights against greed "

11/11/2011
"So glad someone has decided to do this, you have my backing all the way!"

11/11/2011
"National Treasures should not be trademarked."

11/11/2011
"This is Britians history and rememberance, how dare this man think he can own this outright and making millions. He should stop this right now if he has any respect for this country & everyone in it. "

11/11/2011
"I find it shocking that he has been allowed to even do this?"

08/11/2011
"Can't believe he's trying to trademark this - VIVA LA RESISTANCE!"
Tom King

07/11/2011
"It seems very unreasonable to trademark a phrase that has been in the public domain for over 50 years. If you allow this to happen, where will it stop? Will people be allowed to trademark nursery rhymes? Old adages? Shakespeare?"

03/11/2011
"Certainly NOT a Trademark! Good Luck with your campaign."

02/11/2011
"How can someone trademark the work of someone else? This is completely looney. I assert copyright of my comments."

02/11/2011
"I think it is immoral for an individual to try to claim, for his personal benefit, the copyright of something he has not himself created. If anyone at all has any right to the copyright, it is an arm of the UK government which created it, an arm which protects the memory of the era - the Imperial War Museum. I suspect they would prefer that it remains out of copyright and therefore available to all and sundry to use and celebrate as they see fit."

02/11/2011
"I have had a fridge magnet with this phrase on for more than 10 years - it is a phrase that has been in common usage in my family for a long time (as the "olds" were all in the war), and lots of other people use it too long before this man claimed it. Also there were a lot of items with this slogan on when we got the magnet - tea towels and all sorts. So he can't say he thought of that idea because people all around the country probably have things in their houses from before he thought of this scheme!"

02/11/2011
"Glad to hear about this campaign as I was disgusted to hear that this person had sneaked to Europe to get the trademark - having been turned down on his first application in the UK (quite rightly!) and having stolen the idea from the poster found by his former employer. He should not be allowed to profit from this - these words are still widely in use in the public domain and were before he trademarked them. It is like trying to trademark "We will fight them on the beaches". NO I say! "

02/11/2011
"Continue on with your valiant efforts to keep someone from making money on an icon of historical & years past."

02/11/2011
"Keep calm everyone! "
Alice Meads

02/11/2011
"Harumph! The cheeky sod."

02/11/2011
"This is in the public domain. Keep calm and don't trademark."

01/11/2011
"This should never have been allowed to happen in the first place!!"

01/11/2011
"Keep Calm and Battle On"

31/10/2011
"For shame!"

31/10/2011
"Save English Heritage for its people not for Profit"

31/10/2011
"Beautifully historic, and not to be used to make someone that bit richer."
Rebecca Kemp

31/10/2011
"100% support for this - no unscrupulous person can pinch our slogan!"

31/10/2011
"How can you copyright something that you didnt come up with.....your fake!!"

30/10/2011
"I believe that this is an iconic phase of Britain in wartime and thus shouldn't be copyrighted and marketed like a cheap catch-phrase. It is not in the spirit of the poster or the people whom the poster represents."

30/10/2011
"The nerve!!!!"

30/10/2011
"There's always some p**** who has to make money out of anything,how can you trademark something you had nothing to do with creating in the first place?"

30/10/2011
"Mark Cooper fits the old definition of a cynic - "Someone who knows the price of everything - and the value of nothing." Kieran Enright"

29/10/2011
"Thank you for organising this - Good luck! "

28/10/2011
"Keep it public!"

26/10/2011
"This is our nation's rallying call and should be free to encourage each of us in our times of national emergencies"

26/10/2011
"I support the wish to keep this iconic poster in the public domain where it rightfully belongs."

26/10/2011
"Best of luck with your campaign, it certainly doesn't seem right to trade mark such an icon."
Sue Taylor

26/10/2011
"Keep Calm & keep this phrase in the public domain so that everyone and anyone who wishes to work hard can make some money with it. "
Jemma Sharrock

25/10/2011
"Keep calm and carry on. One can't trademark such an iconic line - therefor: Keep calm and spread the word!"

25/10/2011
"This belongs to the British people, and no one person should be allowed to copyright it. This is nothing but an opportunistic sham."

25/10/2011
"keep calm and keep it for everyone"

25/10/2011
"This has become too well known a saying to copyright, and this man is not the person who re-discovered the poster. "

25/10/2011
"Good luck, support you all the way."

25/10/2011
"What a chancer ...."

25/10/2011
"Our cultural and social heritage should be protected from greedy people. All support should be given to keep with image in the public domain. "
Mary Key

25/10/2011
"Carry on!"

25/10/2011
"My grandma used to say this to me all the time - and she lived through 2 Worls Wars! To me, this is a part of our heritage - can history be copyrighted?"
Beverley Hughes

25/10/2011
"How can a loyal British subject think of trademarking trademarking his Monarch's words?!?"

25/10/2011
"CRUSH COOP AND CARRY ON !!!!"
Hugo Reeve

24/10/2011
"This is a 'Love Campaign' - Hang in there"

24/10/2011
"Keep Calm and Carry On guys!"

23/10/2011
"I thought that if it could be proved that the "Original" was held by someone else ie the Govt printer and it pre dated anything he has, then they hold the copyright and therefore anyone reproducing this is liable. does this now mean anyone can buy something and then try and copyright it just to make money, if so then nothing is safe. "

23/10/2011
"Lets have our traditional saying back. It belongs to us not a company who wants to make money out of it!!!"

23/10/2011
"Absolutely outrageous to trademark this phrase. "

21/10/2011
"With regards to this petition I sincerely hope we all can keep calm and carry on ."

21/10/2011
"Mark Coop is taking something that's been embraced by the British public and trying to privatise it. It's money grubbers like him who got us into the mess which means so many of us need to "Keep Calm and Carry On"!"

20/10/2011
"Mark Coop, you should be ashamed of yourself!"
Sarah Ross

20/10/2011
"This trademark should be revoked, it was not allowed under the UK Trademarking law, then it shouldn't have been allowed under the EU."
Amanda McGregor

20/10/2011
"Ridiculous that something so well known can be copyrighted by someone who doesn't own it!"

20/10/2011
"So, essentially, following this logic, if I were to find (say) the last pressing of a Beatles record in my attic I would be able to copyright it, reproduce it and deny Sir Paul (or any of the Beatles' estates) any profit from my sales? Is this a new precedent? Maybe I've missed the point."

20/10/2011
"How can some one today literally steal this war time treasure and profit from it. I could understand if the profits went to war vets but this is not the case and the British Government and or the heirs of the originator of the war time campaign should step in. This is a travesty! In essence t Mr. Coop should never have been allowed to trademark this saying and image in the first place."

19/10/2011
"Please act to keep this poster in the public domain. There is no intellectual property rights for this phrase and trade marking it is counter to the public interest."

19/10/2011
"This is a saying that properly belongs in the public domain. Keep it free!"

19/10/2011
" Not everything can be distilled into a simple money matter. There's enough money for everyone. Step back, see the bigger picture, be creative, relax. Or "Keep calm and carry on.""

19/10/2011
"As an American i can only compare this to an individual laying claim to the Declaration Of Independance. It is not for one person but for all."

18/10/2011
"If this wartime slogan belongs to anyone, it belongs to the British people. Stuart and Mary Manley generously brought it back to life again without copyrighting it, thereby leaving it in the public domain where it rightfully belongs . Hands off, Mark Coop! ! "

18/10/2011
"Another disgusting example of people being too lazy to make there money on there own. This was originally Crown Copyright and if anyone should own it, the Crown should!!"

18/10/2011
"I'd like to share the charming reply I received from Mark Coop. I sent it to ********@gmail.com His reply: ************************************************ Do you honestly think I care or am bothered about your opinion in any way? I wish the very same back to you, Worthless, pointless, ignorant coward. Go fight a proper cause. Don't bother replying to this either as it will go straight to my spam box. I'm laughing at you. Bye! ;-))))) ********************************************** Maybe he SHOULD care. I sent a letter to John Lewis partnership telling them that I am BOYCOTTING John Lewis, Peter Jones & Waitrose until they stop enriching the greedy, grasping Mark Coop by stocking Keep Calm & Carry On Ltd. products."

18/10/2011
"Mark Coop is demonstrably a greedy, avaricious jerk. Irony is not his strong suit. He is trading on the sacrifice of a generation that he is unfit to shine their shoes. From shared hardships of WWII to the selfish materialism of Mark Coop--what a commentary on this man. Disgusting."

17/10/2011
"It is fascinating to hear the history of this famous phrase, and upsetting to hear about how it has been 'hijacked' for commercial use. It seems to be on absolutely everywhere in the past few years, on anything and everything and even altered in colour and phrasing. Not only is it tiresome as a concept but it turns out it's disrespectful to an iconic piece of wartime history. Good luck with the campaign. "
Dee Barron

16/10/2011
"Mark Coop's "history" page is a screed of self-serving hypocrisy. He has simply lifted someone else's work and duplicated the design and is now crying about people who don't build their own brand! This is the pickpocket who calls the police because someone has stolen the wallets he collected on a days "work". He claims that other people's products are inferior - fine, let him compete on the basis of quality not some bogus monopoly granted by some idiot in an office somewhere. Has anyone else ever been granted a trademark on something they didn't invent, didn't design, and didn't own?!"
Thomas Worthington

15/10/2011
"Keep Calm and Carry On should be kept in the public domain"

13/10/2011
"Up with the British fighting spirit! Love the philosophy behind this poster and this campaign. Wishing you all the best from your Australian supporters, we'll keep spreading the word."

12/10/2011
"Ludicrous....Keep Calm and have some Common Sense!!!"

12/10/2011
"Mr Coop - Give Up and Go Away. "

11/10/2011
"Try coming up with an original concept, using your imagination and skill, and trademark that."

11/10/2011
"Another example of where the EU got it wrong?"

11/10/2011
"I'm disgusted with this, shame on you Mark! "

11/10/2011
"Outrageous especially when negatively affecting so many business and individuals! It goes back to WARTIME for goodness' sake! (Was he even born?!)"
Alice Price

11/10/2011
"Greedy scumbag."
Christopher Richardson

11/10/2011
"No way words like this should be a registered trademark. Overturn this decision now. "

11/10/2011
"The trademarking of KC&CO is an outrage. Mark Cool's actions in this matter are selfish evil, repugnant and reprehensible. His attempts to rewrite history, his lies and excuses are, likewise, repugnant and reprehensible. Words fail me: how exactly do you convince someone who has gone so far wrong that you just do not do this sort of thing for your own personal enrichment. What next? Stealing ice-creams from babies? Hop low can you stoop, Mark?"

11/10/2011
"After seeing the evidence that this trademark was granted on the work of someone else, any honorable Trademark Commission will properly repeal its issuance."

10/10/2011
"I am a new small business, really only a sole trader, and have had items removed from Ebay after complaints from Mark Coop's company. I have contacted their legal department but have received nothing in response to my request for clarification on their position. I advised them that I believed the wartime poster to be Public Domain and that I needed clarification from them before continuing my sales or adapting my products, I even enquired about mutual existence arrangements but they haven't had the decency to reply. I hold a very very low opinion of Keep Calm and Carry On Ltd, my personal view is that registering a community trademark on someone elses intellectual property rights is nothing more than theft."
Andrew Proudman

10/10/2011
"Barter Books should be congratulated on the sucess of their business, if anybody would have had the right to trade mark the phrase at the present time it would have been them. They were generous enough not to try and do so. The idea that anybody else could come along at a later date and trademark something so obvoiusly already in the public domain is quite ridiculous."

10/10/2011
"It is shameful and embarrassing that the initial trademark application was ever considered seriously. Making money off historical messaging is not bad in and of itself, but claiming a monopoly on history certainly is."

10/10/2011
"I have this phrase tattooed on my forearm. Does he expect me to pay him for that? Does he want my arm? "

09/10/2011
"I love this slogan and hold it to my heart every day and it helps get me through the rough times. My day is always brightened upon seeing this slogan anywhere. No one man should own this, it belongs to the whole world and anyone who wishes to hold it dear. "

09/10/2011
"Confused as to how this can have come about?"
Jonathan Forrest

09/10/2011
"I have been using this poster as my profile picture on Twitter and Facebook for months. I downloaded it from Google Images after the August riots when it seemed to be an appropriate message and had no idea there was any copyright issue. I have seen posters and metal plates and mugs with this on at tourist destinations and it never occurred to me that such an iconic symbol of Wartime Britain could be anything but free for all to enjoy. How ironic that a war fought for freedom should now have one of its symbols ransomed by a greedy profiteer. Please don't let this man get away with it. Keep Calm and Carry On belongs to the people!"

09/10/2011
"I am looking at my 'Keep Calm and Carry On' poster (purchased from Barter Books many years ago - long before Mr Coop discovered it, I'm sure!) as I type this message. It has pride of place in my office and is a constant source of inspiration. I hope Mr Coop's silly campaign of greed and selfishness backfires hideously. "
Tania Taylor

09/10/2011
"How can you copyright a saying that has been in the public domain for decades? "
Gina Moreland

09/10/2011
"I hope this works, it's a disgrace. will pass the link out :)"

09/10/2011
"No single person can or should own an icon."
Judith Dixon

08/10/2011
"Keep calm (or not!) but in any case... CARRY ON!!! Best of luck ;D"

08/10/2011
"When ever I saw the vintage poster It evoked my grandad parents who lived and fought during the time the poster originated, but have lately noticed it everywhere cushions, duvet covers etc and feel its taking away the spirit in which this poster was intended and turning it in to a trend, which most of the people buying into this latest "must have" Wont even know of its true history which is very sad, we have already lost so much of what it means to be british, let us at least keep our british nostalgia. Stop mark coop from doing this!!!!"

08/10/2011
"Heinous attempt to steal part of our heritage!"
Mike Moffatt

08/10/2011
"Cannot stand grasping, thieving opportunists "

08/10/2011
"Someone needs to give this little upstart an old-fashioned 'good hiding'. If his parents had done so when he was a kid then he might have learned some good manners."

07/10/2011
"Once the original copyright has run out it should belong to everyone, not some opportunist with an eye to making a fast buck."

07/10/2011
"Keep calm and petition on!"

07/10/2011
"This must be kept in the public domain, no individual has the right to ownership!"

07/10/2011
"this belongs to us as a nation not some numpty out for financial gain!!! "
Jeff Filler

07/10/2011
"This is an iconic phrase from WW2 which belongs to the public. "

07/10/2011
"Simply ridiculous that this chancer is even allowed the opportunity to claim any rights over this. Perhaps he should be tried for treason?"

07/10/2011
"This is a very very silly abuse of intellectual property law, and should be stopped."

07/10/2011
"Keep Calm is not a Trade Mark. Totally agree!"

07/10/2011
"It is intrinsically wrong to attempt to own a phrase that was coined to inspire the British people in times of darkness. It goes against Britishness itself. I hope that Mark Coop sees sense and withdraws this shameful action."
Rebecca Hoskins

07/10/2011
"This is madness how can anyone try to take ownership of a piece of our history? "

07/10/2011
"I speak for Lord Dodo in these matters as well as myself. Your country and your freedom of speech need YOU! *points finger*"
Rebecca Jay

06/10/2011
" So much of Great britain, has been sold off, ridiculed, apologised for and pushed out of sight. This phrase /poster represents the best of the Breat British attitude. If it was ever to be trade marked it should be a trade mark belonging to the citizens of Great Britain as it is ours, ALL of ours! It is us!"

06/10/2011
"good luck and keep on with your campaign"

06/10/2011
"we will fight them on the internet......"

06/10/2011
"This is as British as fish & chips, pie & mash and jellied eels."

06/10/2011
"I can't believe that anyone would stoop to such a low level of commercial under-handedness. We must stop this NOW. "Keep Calm" is not a trade-mark, it is part of our heritage and part of our future."

06/10/2011
"Keep Calm and Trademark On doesn't have quite the same ring to it. "

06/10/2011
"This guy is a serious a**hole! Perhaps he was bullied at school."

06/10/2011
"My late father did active service in the RAF during WW2. The sacrifices of the generation which stood up to Hitler should not be degraded by greed."
Kieran Fitzsimons

06/10/2011
"I think an unfair precedent will be set if we allow lapsed Crown Copyrights to be trademarked. After all it was all of our ancestor taxpayers who funded the Ministry Of Informations efforts. I am sure the E.U.'s grant of a Trade Mark on this was done without knowledge of the widespread and popular circulation of this M.O.I. design and, in my opinion, was wrong. It was openly believed to be a lapsed copyright and in the public domain. Finally if copyrights, trade marks etc are to be re-invoked on these MOI wartime posters, shouldn't the Imperial War Museum be the beneficiary - they seem to be the 'keepers' of a lot of Crown Copyright material from the Second World War and I am sure that there restoration and storage fees on this kind of thing must be very expensive."

05/10/2011
"this has belonged to us all for many years already, you can't just change that on a whim."
Beryl Lovett

05/10/2011
"According to his website contact details his email address is markcoop@gmail.com - Enjoy."

05/10/2011
"I agree that Mark Coop's actions are extremely offensive to those who thought they were fighting for a world of freedom, democracy and fairness. I wonder if Coop will be suing the politicians and journalists who have been making free in recent days with the slogan. I doubt he has the gall."
GEOFFREY STEVENS

05/10/2011
"Coop by name only - how odd to think he should have any monopoly on this at all."

05/10/2011
"Totally agree, ridiculous situation! "

05/10/2011
"The phrase is part of our history and anyone should be free to use it as they wish. This man is a copier trying to stop other copiers - it's not as if he came up with the slogan. Let him use it, but others should be free to too!"

05/10/2011
"Maybe Mr Coop should come up with his own ideas http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-C1VjjliDOwM/Tn8w9RY4YiI/AAAAAAAADPU/6TVbXxqQFOw/s1600/Picture+55.png "

05/10/2011
"Keep calm is something i have heard from my early childhood ( i'm in my 40's ) . IT is NOT a trademark it is an iconic & very well used phrase . I have used it on many occaisions when dealing with accidents & injuries to poor unfortunates . Was Mr. Coop around when this was first used & printed ?? if not where does he claim the right to trademark the phrase ??"

05/10/2011
"can't trademark an institution"

05/10/2011
"I think this is a disgrace, to own something that isn't yours in the first place - if he had designed it, then fair enough - but as he hasn't, this slogan should be available for all to use!!!"

04/10/2011
"It would be crazy to let this happen, fight on :)"
Jamie Light

04/10/2011
"This is a piece of our history and should remain so and not to be used for one man's profit."

04/10/2011
"Surely Mark Coop's products will stand on their own and sell well if they are quality items as he states without needing this trademark. Let everyone who wishes, produce KCCO goods correctly attributed, whether tat or quality, and the customer will choose the quality he/she wants to buy. Then everyone can continue to benefit. Why disturb a situation that has worked well for so long for many traders, often in business before Mr Coop started. The hostility he has aroused must tell him something. "
Katherine Chylak

04/10/2011
"please don't grant this trademark - madness"

04/10/2011
"As pointed out by Trade Market Direct : "the words are too widely used for one person to own the exclusive rights." Nuff said. Keep Calm and Carry On."

04/10/2011
"It was created by the goverment for use by the people with Crown Copyright and as the copyright has expired, how can it be re-registered? It is in the public domain now surely?!?"

04/10/2011
"yet another example of commercial greed gnawing away at our nations heritage ! GRRR !!!!!"

04/10/2011
"As this poster was designed for the Government in wartime, it belongs to the Nation; not an individual."

04/10/2011
"I am concerned at the way this has been acquired and used for purely personal gain. Original ideas should be protected, but this clearly is not his own work. The image is a reminder of British spirit at the time, and something to celebrate in this new century. It should remain, as it always was, public. If it does not, it creates a very worrying precedent for other material. Where does it stop?"

04/10/2011
" Right -- "Keep Calm" is in the public domain & not subject to trademark, copyright, patent, or any other greed-driven malarkey. What a bunch of hooey."

03/10/2011
"You have no right to copyright this wartime poster."

03/10/2011
"A disgraceful opportunistic effort. The copyright laws were never intended for this."

03/10/2011
"KEEP VIGILANT & CARRY ON THE BARTER BATTLE! It's part of our national identity, not just one person's business."

03/10/2011
"You can see the slogan he has already registered here . . . http://www.ipo.gov.uk/ohim?ohimnum=E9455619 You can also search for others he has applied for at this same website. "

03/10/2011
"What a cheek! How dare he! I shop at Barter Books!"

03/10/2011
" If it were not for b****s, life woild be exceeding boring :-))))"

03/10/2011
"This selfish man needs to be stopped! How can he be allowed to get away with trademarking a common phrase and a part of our culture? Where does one draw the line? Can I trademark the phrase 'good morning'?!"

03/10/2011
"This man must be stopped"
Naomi Clugston

03/10/2011
"Barter Books behaved with generosity and integrity! They did the right thing. They are also the best second hand book shop I have ever been to."

03/10/2011
"This is a campaign I am proud to support"

03/10/2011
"What on Earth gives this man the right to trademark the phrase? He did not invent it, he did not write it, he did not create it - he merely copied it from someone else. If he were the originator of the poster, he would, indeed have the right to protect his mind's creation; but such is not the case. For shame."

03/10/2011
"Thank God these posters never had to be used, as the all-too-likely invasion didn't happen. Keep this quintessentially British advice public!"

03/10/2011
"Keep Calm and Carry On belongs to the UK, not to one individual."

03/10/2011
"Reverse this money-grubbing nonsense!"

03/10/2011
"How can 1 person feel they can claim the right to trade mark an item that they haven't created? This was a government issued poster, so surely any rights should be held by the government. The slogan and design, although over 70 years old makes me feel proud to be British, and it's such a shame that the heritage and pleasure that it brings to so many should be in anyway restricted. Reading the disclaimer below made me realise that I am not angry, just disappointed."
Stephen Hunt

03/10/2011
"Dear Sir/Madam The trademarking of this fantastic wartime poster belongs to the people, not a businessman. Despite his claims to be the owner this is very clearly a wartime PUBLIC information poster not a private one and since it is out of copyright it belongs to the public. yours faithfully lee Roberts"

03/10/2011
"Offensive to all those who suffered and died during the war to try and make money out of it, Outrageous!!!"

03/10/2011
"The most blatant and silly band-wagoneering ever."

03/10/2011
"Good on you, Barter Books! The phrase belongs to the nation, not a company. "

03/10/2011
"The blokes a complete melon. How could he miss the point SO FAR about the whole thing so wildly as to think it was his right to trademark it just so he could make money. I'm absolutely gobsmacked. "

02/10/2011
"When will this type of behavior stop? How many phrases can they trademark because they are common? This is absurd, are they going to trademark Good Morning also?"

02/10/2011
"Eu quero participar desde o Brasil! O que vem dos Stuart´s é muito bom! Eu apoio a causa!!"
  RESPONSE BY: Admin on 02/10/2011
"Translated, our friend say's --- I want to participate from Brazil! What Stuart is doing is very good! I support the cause"

02/10/2011
"It's daft that anyone could trademark a simple phrase like this, especially one that they themselves did not create."

02/10/2011
"How can someone own what someone else said? Keep Calm and Protest On!!!! "

02/10/2011
"I remember all manner of posters that kept up our spirits during the war - I am into my 80s - and think it is right that such things belong to us all - whether at the time they were seen or not, half designed, thrown away, retreived, it meant that those involved with creating them were thinking about our heritage - our future "

02/10/2011
"It is quite disgusting and unbelievable that a trademark could be given for a war time poster for which the copyright has expired. I doubt if Mark Coop is capable of feeling ashamed but those who work for him certainly should be."

02/10/2011
"I have known this icon for quite a few years as I am a regular visitor of Barter Books, where it was originally found by the owners. It's a piece of our history and no-one has a right to trademark it. Shame on you Mark Coop. "

02/10/2011
"I agree with your case and actions. Occasionally, a piece of typography does impact upon the public and generates many pastiches, often skilful and/or witty but, in their existence, happily paying tribute to the typographer/designer responsible for the original. For an individual or commercial concern only then to seek ownership is pretty damn tawdry. It's well known that one may not copyright a title but it could be strongly argued that 'Keep Calm' is a title indissoluble from its own typography in a way which might preclude it from ownership on this basis. Equally, though, this might then be taken to be a logotype which can, of course, be subject to ownership and control, though seeking removing it from the public domain would be a rare but particularly reprehensible act. It is to be hoped that true common sense prevails and Trade Mark Direct's efforts are ultimately successful."
Richard Burton

02/10/2011
"It's not about exploiting the phrase, it's about honouring the significance and heritage, of the era which it originates from."

02/10/2011
"I fully support Mary and Stuart in all the endeavours."

02/10/2011
"I was furious to hear about this appropriation. What silliness! "

02/10/2011
"Make Mark Coop a human shield! Somewhere, maybe Somalia? Iraq might still work. Where are we using drones? I know, let's send Coop to Yemen!"

02/10/2011
"Carry on, Stuart!"

02/10/2011
"What right does this bozo have to lay claim to sole ownership of a public treasure ? Is there not original copyright in this to precede any registration of it as a trademark. June S"

01/10/2011
"I saw the article in the Daily Telegraph. I'm appalled at this bloke - who does he think he is? It's insulting to those who lived through the war (my parents were children when the Second World War broke out) and more offensive still to the memory of those who died fighting to preserve our freedom, and their families. Get real - it's not a "hate campaign" but a "don't rip other people off" campaign. It's not his original slogan or artwork - he's nicked it, albeit he may have paid money to do so, so it is not his to protect. He's like those people who set up websites using famous people's names before others knew how to do it, then held them to ransom saying they had to cough up a huge amount of dosh to use their own name as a domain name."
Sarah Chandler

01/10/2011
"Keep Calm and Carry On is out of Crown Copyright and in the public domain. Nobody should be allowed to trademark it."

01/10/2011
"Keep Calm and Carry On belongs to the nation and is shared by allies around the world. Keep Calm and Carry On without Mr. Coop's hubris. "
Helen Crow

01/10/2011
"I'm in the US and fully support keeping this wonderful piece of WWII history in the public domain. Mr. Coop had no part in creating the phrase, did not discover the poster, copied his photos from a poster he bought from people who had researched their legal right to reproduce the poster they owned, and is not the original copyright holder. It's difficult to understand why he or anyone would believe he should have the right to stop other people from using it."

01/10/2011
"I think one way of challenging this 'trademark' is for someone who has no money or assets to print and sell copies of the poster. Let Mark spend his money taking the person to court. There's no risk of prison time - only a fine and expenses which can't be collected from a homeless 'front' person . In other words, ignore his trademark. Bob"

01/10/2011
"good advice beautifully displayed, that is 'owned' by everyone, let us keep it that way!"

01/10/2011
"Good luck to you all "

01/10/2011
"Best of luck to you in your efforts. What he's trying to do is unfair and disgusting."

01/10/2011
"unabashed profiteering...greed is NOT good"

01/10/2011
"If anything, this phrase should be regarded as being in the public domain, or as property of history. Much like "Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead." Iconic phrases are not the property of individuals. This is a very sneaky and greedy attempt to rob this phrase from history. Damn the trademark and full speed ahead."
Lee Kirk

01/10/2011
"I presume the wartime spirit it engendered in him was that of the Spiv rather than the Dunkirk variety. "
Guy Farrish

01/10/2011
"Loves how NO-ONE has noticed or mentioned the spelling mistake! You all bang on about history and heritage but no-one is bothered about the English language?! What has this world come to? Keep calm and bake cakes ;)"

01/10/2011
"Mr. Churchill would not appreciate this at all."
Gary Belt

01/10/2011
"Surely one man shouldn't be able to trade mark a government poster or saying, this is just greed, if his products were good enough they would stand up to competition without these tactics. What makes the phrase popular at the moment is the accessibility of it, he will only serve to ruin that for himself and everyone else by limiting the supply."

01/10/2011
"this is an iconic sight that belongs to Britain and not one individual looking to make a quick buck......"

01/10/2011
"I take my hat off to anyone young or nearly young, who, in this economic climate starts a business, especially a home grown British business. At 52 I am certainly too young to have experienced WW1 or WW2. I believe that as this slogan has been in the public domain after Crown copyright ceased, that it should remain so. Anyone should beable to use it. I think the negative comments towards Mark Coop are not in the spirit of being British and certainly not very Christian. However, I hope the EU (and they have a lot to answer to) will be forced to overturn it. Especially as the UK wouldn't sanction such an application. My understanding of copyright law is, that to use something without the permission of the person they received it from it unlawful. Isn't that what Mark did? I wish Mark success in his business, if the quality of his products are good then he could be, but there is plenty of room for others - healthy competition!!! I support all businesses out there that wish to use this slogan, it is part of our heritage and who we are."

01/10/2011
"This is the first that i have heard of this sitution. Im discusted that someone has been allowed to trademark this and is now refusing to cancel it. This is just pure selfish greed in my opinion."

01/10/2011
"Keep Calm and Carry On. A phrase meant to support the spirits of the British people in a time of great crisis. Now an individual wishes to turn that freely given phrase of hope, a phrase that has worldwide meaning in these troubled times as well, into a fenced lot of his own making. In addition to this overt grab at a phrase clearly in the public domain (will he try to trademark "V-E day" next? or "the Blitz"?) he also clearly intends to damage the livelihood of all those who, in good faith, have made useful and entertaining products with this freely offered phrase originated by the British government, not an effort of any creativity by the individual seeking t0 trademark it. Reject this trademark, please. It is a crass attack against the public and common good. "

01/10/2011
"nasty, greedy attempt to usurp part of the British national heritage. For all of these years the other two holders have been generous in their use, by others, of the posters. Believe were it not for the potential money that Koop sees he could make from this poster, he would never have tried to trademark it. Adding insult to injury, he buys one from Barter Books, then has the nerve to remove their name from it, and hence, trademark it. What a scam artist! "

01/10/2011
"I assuredly do not want this poster trademarked by Mark Coop or any other person. As the younger sister of seven (7) brothers, five ( 5 ) of whom served on active duty during WWII . And later a 6th brother served in Germany the Army of Occupation. When the 7th and, youngest brother , turned 18 years of age in 1945 he, too, joined the military. All are now deceased but two of those men had 30 year military careers and requested that they be buried in their military uniforms. Helen Pitts Arnn"

01/10/2011
"I can't believe the UK trademark office would grant a monopoly on a government produced poster paid for by UK taxpayers."
James Lawton

01/10/2011
"Iconic Britain. No person can possibly claim the rights! That would be like an individual copywriting "Mind the Gap.""

01/10/2011
"Is it not shameful to try to cash in on the intellectual work of another?"

01/10/2011
"If this trademarks is allowed to stand, a national boycott of the “owner” is in order. Coop will not be allowed to carry on!"

01/10/2011
"Keep Calm and Carry On *belongs* to Barter Books...it seems certain traits like ethics, morals, tradition and truth would occur to Mr. Coop. There are those of us, even here in the U.S.A. know where they first heard/saw this poster post WWII: BARTER BOOKS. Long before Mr. Coop came on the scene. Shame on you Mr. Coop, copyright tradition and patriotism? I think not."

01/10/2011
"As a Canadian whose father was posted to England during WWII in the in RHLI, I am offended when someone tries to trademark something that epitomizes the British spirit during that period."

01/10/2011
"Greed and mendacity are so offensive. Had it not been for Stuart and Mary Manley of Barter Books, the poster and its history would have remained in obscurity. Copyright indeed. Ridiculous! "

01/10/2011
"Is it even possible to legally trademark something that is in the public domain? Is there an individual, group, or organization that can take legal action? -- Ralph"

01/10/2011
"Matters not if he owns the original, he did not coin the phrase."

01/10/2011
"Keep calm and carry on. Do not let this person stop you, just keep calm and carry on. Indeed, let's organise a Keep calm and carry on day. Let us put "Keep calm and carry on" on all our websites and letter headings. Let's see if he is prepared to sue us all! Kevin Crowe, Loch Croispol "Keep Calm and Carry On" Bookshop, Restaurant & Gallery, Durness, Scotland."

01/10/2011
"How ridiculous - this trademark should be revoked immediately!"

01/10/2011
"The slogan is not his. This amounts to nothing more than theft. It was wrong to award the trademark in the first place, it would be wrong not to overturn it."
Rebecca Scott

01/10/2011
"Keep fighting comrades."

01/10/2011
"This man is beneath contempt. Shame on him. Another reason why Britain should not be part of the EU."

01/10/2011
"Good Luck :)"
Will Howell

01/10/2011
"Another manifestation of the greedy, selfish opportunism which seems to be gaining considerable ground in this country. From the "protesters" looting shops in London and Birmingham, through City dealers continuing to demand astronomical bonuses while the rest of the country suffers from the recession they were instrumental in causing, to MPs who considered it perfectly acceptable to augment their salaries with questionable expense claims. Keep it up Mr Coop, there are lots of others like you living in this country now. A pity you weren't around in the early 40s, you'd have been a "spiv"! Ironic though, that it was the EU that should reach such a nonsensical decision in respect of memorabilia from the war in which Britain, and its Empire, stood alone against the Axis. "

30/09/2011
"I find the copyrighting of a slice of our nation's heritage wholly abhorrent, unethical and morally removed from the spirit within which the message was conceived. It is to be shared, it belongs to us all and should be cherished thus. I fully support this petition and will gladly share it with friends, family and beyond so that it can be successful. Mr Coop should hang his head in shame. Very. Poor. Show. "

30/09/2011
"Shameful!"

30/09/2011
"The british public are united against a common enemy once again! If we could beat Hitler with this slogan then Mr Coop should be very very afraid!"

30/09/2011
"I am not a friend of Mark Coop and have never met him. However, having read all of these comments: 1) there are many personal and offensive comments here. He has not committed a serious crime and as such don't attack him as if he has done so 2) this is not a petition. a petition is a list of names - I don't see such a list! 3) I wouldn't be surprised if the people behind this website have not entered comments many 4) there are a lot of sour grapes here. He had the initiative to build a business around this brand and as he states in various newspaper articles without him the brand would not have grown to where it is today "
  RESPONSE BY: Admin on 30/09/2011
"Whether or not you are a friend of Mr Coop, your wording bears a striking similarity to previous posts by his friends and family! 1) No-one is accusing Mr Coop of committing a crime, serious or otherwise. 2) This is indeed a petition, currently standing at around 630 votes against his trade mark. 3) The comments are entirely those of visitors to the site, including the few, like yours, in support of Mr Coop. Not a single one, apart from responses, has been entered by myself or anyone from wartimeposters. 4) 'Sour grapes' and his 'building this brand' are straight from the Coop misinformation file - I'm surprised you did not include 'hard work' too! Quite apart from ignoring the six years that Barter Books put in to establish 'Keep Calm' as a worldwide iconic image long before Mr Coop had even heard of it and jumped on the bandwaggon, it also ignores the 'hard work' of many others such as YesNoMaybe, MacLaggan-Smith, Pedlars, Dean Cards, Ebury Books, The Coaster Co., the V&A, to name but a few. Rather than sour grapes, it simply reflects anger at his mis-use of the trade mark system."

30/09/2011
"if he wants to sell the name then fine.. but DON'T claim the rights to it!! "

30/09/2011
"This trademark claim is outrageous! My wife's father - still alive - was one of The Few (Hurricane, not Spits) - he didn't go through all that so that some cheapskate profiteer could get away with things like this."

30/09/2011
"This phrase is part of our national heritage and belongs to us all. To try to corner it as Mr Coop is doing is a despicable act."

30/09/2011
"Keep it free, keep it British! "

30/09/2011
"There is no copyright to be had in a WW2 poster; they are all Crown Copyright which expires after 50 years, so any one who is claiming to own copyright is misguided/insane/insert expletive of choice. Whether he owns one or not has nothing to do with this. If he does, he alone has the right to reproduce that picture, but anyone else can typeset the phrase to their hearts content. Which is, incidentally, what Barter Books did. What's more, he goes on about how he tells everyone the history of the poster, but he's got it wrong. They were meant for use in the case of intense bombing, but that didn't happen as predicted at the start of the war. And the other two posters were so badly received, that the third ones were never displayed. So he can put that in his smug pipe and smoke it."
  RESPONSE BY: Steve (Original poster owner) on 30/09/2011
"Well put. It is believed that the public found the posters patronising and that is the reason why they were not popular. Mr Coop sees the poster just as a money making device but as a wartime enthusiast and collector I see the poster as part of our history. Keep Calm was part of series of posters created over 70 years ago by our government at a time of war. Whether or not it was used makes not difference to that fact. "

30/09/2011
"I have no qualms about Mr Coop producing items with this image on. It is, after all, an image from Britain's history, but that phrase in itself is where my complaint lies. It's part of *Britain's* history, not his. Noone has the right to copyright something that belongs to the country as a whole. If I were in the position of being able to produce 'merchandise' like that, I would, but I wouldn't dream of trying to stop others from doing the same. 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' It's a phrase that fits the situation, but it was also written by one man, though I don't see the church slapping a copyright in the face of everyone who uses it on a mug just because it's Christian."
Nicola Biswell

30/09/2011
"Keep calm etc belongs to the British public and anyone can use it."

30/09/2011
"This man is a national disgrace & goes against everything the war time poster was meant to represent. "
James McIntyre

30/09/2011
"Keep calm and party on! All joking apart good campaign chaps Love from Rosie the Rivetor xx"

30/09/2011
"What a Plonker"

30/09/2011
"Just for once may common sense win out on this... Keep Calm and Carry On should be seen as a gift from the British people to everyone... it is an artifact that has been paid for with many British lives... that it could be "owned" by any particular individual at this point in time is both ridiculous and offensive."

30/09/2011
"Preserve the Bulldog spirit!"

30/09/2011
"Clearly this man saw how much this iconic phrase has been used to market a number of items from mugs, tea towels, posters and wants a cut of the profits. How did he first come across this phrase if it were not for those marketing products?"

30/09/2011
"Just disgraceful that Mark Coop has tried to monopolise the business in this unscrupulous way. I do hope that everyone boycotts his products!"

30/09/2011
"So this creep wants to dictate to the British people how and from where they may obtain items bearing this salutary phrase. Wasn't WW2 fought to prevent somebody dictating to us? Is he a descendant of A. Hitler? P. Ward"
Peter Ward

30/09/2011
"How is it possible to trademark some thing you didn't even come up with. The man is a disgrace."

30/09/2011
"Disgusting! Save the poster!"

30/09/2011
"I cannot believe that after being rejected the trademark in the UK - this greedy man has gone to the EU to get it there instead! This phrase does not belong to him - and this trademark needs to be reversed. "

30/09/2011
"He did not come up with the phrase. I understand that ephrase is now out of copyright. The phrase belongs to the nation as a whole. He should definitely not be allowed to have a monopoly on it. "

30/09/2011
"Mr Coop - you should hang your head in shame! This is about more than money and protecting your own interests."

30/09/2011
"Incredible. What makes him think he should have rights over this? Surely, if anybody, it actually belongs to HM Government? Just because he has an 'original' poster doesn't make it his to trademark. He didn't think of it, it wasn't his original idea. Get a grip man. I'm sure you'll do enough business off the back of it and those who fought to keep this country free."

30/09/2011
"Any person registering and /or claiming copyright should at the very least produce strong evidence that he/she originated the work. To take public domain work and copyright is, to my mind, a form of theft from the person who originated the work, even if that person is not known."
John Llewellyn-Roberts

30/09/2011
"Hands off our heritage!"
Julia Llewellyn-Roberts

30/09/2011
"QUOTE ..... " Furthermore he has never attempted to (nor would or indeed could) stop people from selling goods with this phrase *that he does not already sell or that they were selling before him*. Mark is not trying to be greedy - quite the contrary; he is simply trying to protect his investment of considerable time and money from people who are producing poor-quality copies of items that he is already selling. His commitment to quality and value for money is something that a lot of retailers should take note of! ... " Mark is trying to protect his investment - don't the other traders/suppliers have a right to protect their time and investments also? Poor quality copies - in his opinion they may be 'poor quality', if the public wants to buy them they should be able to. Given that so many shops stock these items, it should be in the hands of the shopper which items THEY want to buy and not be berated for chosing items from another supplier. All strength to this campaign - Keep Calm and Carry On!!"

30/09/2011
"Well done its a total traversty"

30/09/2011
"Totally agree with your campaign, well done, lets oust Mr Coop! Keeping Calm and Carrying on."

30/09/2011
"The orginal artist should have copyright, but since the work was contracted for the government, it lays with them. "

30/09/2011
"We need to set up an account so people can donate money to help fight this. Stuart & Mary - Barter Books set up a paypal account or something so we can donate and help you get the funds to fight this!"
  RESPONSE BY: Admin on 30/09/2011
"Very good suggestion, thankyou but the funding to fight this has been very kindly provided already by Trade Mark Direct and the application to overturn the trademark has now been submitted. It may take 4 months for the outcome. I will update everyone by email once it has been received. The signatures on this site will be used to support the existing application and they will also be reserved for future use to help protect Keep Calm as other trademark vultures still lurk in the background. Thanks again for your suggestion."

29/09/2011
"NO!............end of!"

29/09/2011
"The granting EU trademark/Copyright must be invalid - since layout and typeface etc form 'power' of the well known and existing image on whatever item 'coop' applies it to to create a product, if he used a different color or typeface, no crown, different spacing he would not sell much, if he tried this with a BA, Mars, Unilever, Kraft, Virgin L'Oreal image, etc, he would learnt IP lessons the hard way ..... Even Stelios knows his limits with this sort of thing!! "

29/09/2011
"Such a British staple should not be trademarked by a greedy person who is the whole of 36! It's just not cricket!"

29/09/2011
"I think it is entirely unethical, maybe even immoral, to trademark a piece of national heritage for purely personal financial gain. Any profit should be confiscated and donated to a appropriate and relevant charitable body. I am also curious as to the entitlement of a European TM commission to grant such a monopoly, where in Great Britain it had previously been denied?"

29/09/2011
"What right has he to trademark a phrase and piece of history? I would like to see any profit that he has made from this removed from him and handed to the Poppy Appeal, and an investigation into what the European Trademark body were thinking."

29/09/2011
"This man Mark Coop appears to be the sort of disreputable second rate person who attemtts to pass himself off as an entrepeneur - using other peoples ideas for his own un merited benefit. If he had an ounce of decency he would withdraw his patent - but don't hold your breath."
JOHN KEITH

29/09/2011
"What a grubby little man Mark Coop is !"

29/09/2011
"INSANE"

29/09/2011
"I'm not British but support your efforts."

29/09/2011
"How on earth one person can claim trademark on something which belongs to Britain. As a Britisher I feel to sue him for claiming trademark which belong to us. "

29/09/2011
"What a cheek this man has - Captain Mainwaring would know how to deal with him!"

29/09/2011
"Outrageous behaviour Mr Coop - you are so in the wrong. I can pretty much bear witness to the poster's rediscovery at Barter Books as my sister-in-law was working there at the time."

29/09/2011
"Perhaps it is time for the Government to trademark the English language before some keen entrepreneur does it."

29/09/2011
"I work at Barter Books, what can I say other than please support this e-petition!"

29/09/2011
"This is a joke."

29/09/2011
"I spent my childhood in Barter Books, and bought my reproduction poster from them for an affordable, and certainly not greedy, price. It is hanging proudly above my head while signing this petition. "

29/09/2011
"KBO and win the fight!"

29/09/2011
"Stop the opportunistic chancer exploiting AND STEALING others ideas!"

29/09/2011
"Free phrases!"

29/09/2011
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29/09/2011
"Mark Coop, can I suggest you use your loaf and create something original yourself if you want to make money rather than resorting to parasitism."

29/09/2011
"Not everything is for sale; not everything is there to make money. Particularly not things you've nicked."

29/09/2011
"Mr Coop was not the creator of this phrase, nor was he in charge of the Government office that commissioned it... He may choose to call his action 'good business' but maybe he hasn't realised that an awful lot of us will see it as pure greed of the kind that puts him in the same bracket with unethical claimers of Parliamentary expenses and the financial whizz-kids who have probably scuppered our financial stability for generations. The sooner the EU decision is rescinded the better."

29/09/2011
"The nostalgia market is very big business nowadays, this could be the thin end of the wedge. Perhaps I should go out and register 'we shall fight them on the beaches' quickly to stop anyone else using it..... It's the exclusivity on iconic slogans and phrases which have been in common usage which gives me a problem. Limiting exclusivity to a narrow range of products would appear to be the workable compromise "

29/09/2011
"Historic phrases, and phrases that remain in common use, should not and must not be trade-marked."

29/09/2011
"It's a bit of a cheap trick to try and hijack phrases that have, quite clearly, prior and extensive usage in the public domain. I applaud the forbearance and patience of the original poster owner. "

29/09/2011
"We need to fight this EU issued "right" - the poster this man has isn't even a copy of the original, it is a copy of the Barter Books one that he has reproduced. Nobody disputes his right to sell his merchandise but for him to be allowed to stop others from doing so, including Barter Books, is simply disgusting!"
Kerstin Pearce

29/09/2011
"Cynical attempt to steal something which has effectively been in the public domain since it's rediscovery in 2000."

29/09/2011
"this poster belongs to England !!"
Dean Scott

29/09/2011
"How dare a company go to the eu and register a ww2 british poster and then try and stop all the small business's trading even though they have been selling these products for much longer than he has! grrrrrrrrrrr!!"

29/09/2011
"Keep Calm, and sign the petition!"

29/09/2011
"WE HAVE BEEN SELLING THIS SLOGAN/IMAGE FOR OVER 4 YEARS!"

29/09/2011
"After reading a statement from Mark Coop himself saying he has only stopped people selling 'tat'! I think to myself 'what right does this man have to dictate whether people buy tat or not'!! Also I question his honesty about ownership of a 'original wartime poster'. Original maybe that he bought one from an original owner and copied it. This man is a money making machine who seems to even label food products with the slogan. ie shortbread! If that is not cashing in on an iconic wartime memory then I don't know what is! He is quite laughable, as well as selfish and greedy. Like to see him Keep Calm and Carry On when his takings go down and he has to 'ration' himself. "
  RESPONSE BY: Steve (Original poster owner) on 29/09/2011
"What is cheap tat? If Mark Coop is refering to inferior Keep Calm products then he should take a good look at his own stock as it certainly IS NOT endorsed by Barter Books which means that it can only be counterfeit. His statement that he owns an original poster has been proven to be a lie and false. There are only two original posters outside of the National archives. One owned by myself and one owned by Barter Books. Mr Coop continues to use the Keep Calm image purchased from Barter Book which is slightly different from the original."

29/09/2011
"Quite clearly the design and phrase used in the works _were_ crown copyright and are now public domain. Good luck to Mr Coop and everyone else selling this design, but it is clearly not fair that he can register this trademark, and based on my understanding, it's not legal either."

29/09/2011
"My personal opinion of Mark Coop is simple. He should be shot as a traitor. At the very least, he should lose his right to live in England and call himself English. He is quite simply a greedy opportunist with no morals and this granting of an EU trademark to him should be overturned. Once again, we have a clear visual of why we as a country should pass a law enabling us to ignore some of the redtape foisted upon us by Brussels."

29/09/2011
"How can something in common usage be trademarked by someone that didn't create it?"

29/09/2011
" How absurd that a businessman should try to make money out of the slogan "Keep calm and carry on". I can remember it being used in my school in the 1960s. My mother would use it at home if something extraordinary happened in the news. She told me it was a common expression in the 1940s, especially during the war if there was bad news. Will this businessman start trying to monopolise other expressions from the rich treasures of English literature? It's like someone trying to impose a trademark on quotations such as "To be or not to be". So, each time the play is performed Mr Coop has to paid a fee when ever the prince utters the immortal words. It's daft. Typical of the EU, though. Just another example of bossy bureaucrats believing they know what is best for Britain and trying to bully us. Now if Mr Coop had tried to get a trademark on an expression such as "Koop kelm und crabby gone" .... fine. Had he thought of it, it would be his invention, and he could make the application. Unfortunately, he has not the creative spirit to come up with a new slogan all of his own. This petition must succeed."

29/09/2011
"If the phrase "belongs" to anyone it is surely the UK government, which in turn governs on behalf of the people, i.e. us. Another daft EU decision which should be overturned at the earliest opportunity."

29/09/2011
"Shame on you, you money grabbing wastrel"

29/09/2011
"this belongs to the nation not one person"

29/09/2011
"Too much of this going on. I don't see how you can trademark for your sole use something that has been around since the 1940s! Something for which this person had no intellectual input whatsoever!!"

29/09/2011
"Great article in The Telegraph today, I hope you get lots of names on the petition as a result! Good luck."

29/09/2011
"Having read about this dreadful little man and his attempt to trademark something that symbolises the British spirit in our darkest hour in today's Daily Telegraph one can assume that had he been around in those times he would of been a Quisling! Disgraceful behaviour! "

29/09/2011
"I am 65 (just retired), my wife is German and live in Germany. I am too young to have fought in WWII but this poster was printed at a time when the UK along with its allies from other lands were fighting to their last men against Hitler's arrogant and inhuman dictatorship. Whether in Britain or in Europe Mr Coop is only 'free' today to make his enterprise because of those people and their lands that commited every resource they had, life included. I too have nothing against business ideas and in fact promote the sense of good but FAIR businesses. One might say business is never fair but fairness is not found in fighting a war either! Mr Coop is clearly jumping on the 'make a fast buck' bandwagon with no respect for the business community he is in. His 'idea' has clearly come from 'his' business community that was 'free' to operate. By taking that freedom away Mr Coop becomes simply just another little Hitler to destroy!!"

29/09/2011
"As long as the Manley's Keep Calm and Carry On they'll be fine; Mr Coop will see sense, I'm sure...."

29/09/2011
"A complete cheek!"

29/09/2011
"Good luck with this campaign. It's appalling that someone can trade-mark this phrase, and it shows yet more EU idiocy!"

29/09/2011
"This guy is despicable and so is the IPO for giving him the trademark. They are saying that anything can be trademarked once it's in the public domain. That's not how it works. Public domain means no one owns it anymore. That would be like saying that once a book or a piece of music enters the public domain, anyone can copyright it again as their own. Can I own all of Beethoven's music? I bet I could make a killing in royalties. Now, if he wants to trademark his business name, that's one thing. He wants his business to be the only one using that name. Fine. But he can't trademark the phrase itself and keep other people from printing and selling it. Especially when others were doing it long before him, *and* he copied it from them. It's not like he even found an original himself."

29/09/2011
"Thank good that the Mark Coop's of this world are in the minority! I can't see him having a sense of community! BTW I think Barter Books in Alnwick is a little piece of heaven of earth! Such a lovely place and so many cosy little corners to sit with a good book! Id recommend a visit if you are ever in that neck of the words."
Bea Brunton

29/09/2011
"Habing just read an article in the Telegraph online I feel compelled to support this campaign and help fight for the 'little man' who continually gets trodden down by wealthy businessmen who have no regard for heritage or others."

29/09/2011
"Together we defeated Hitler, and together we can defeat Mark Coop!"
Simon Beal

29/09/2011
"This man has no moral compass. Good luck overturning the EU ruling."

29/09/2011
"Even over here in Australia I am disgusted at this little upstart's effort. However, in the meaning of "Keep Calm and Carry On", I shan't be buying any of his products. Given this was a Government Poster although not used, can't the Govt get their power of authority to use back on it?"

29/09/2011
"It's a shame that such a slogan of support and unity has been hijacked for one man's greed"

29/09/2011
"This EU copyright should clearly not have been granted - especially after it had been refused in the UK. It's obvious that insufficient searching was conducted. Not only should the copyright be revoked but also this should lead to a review of how huge entities like the EU can even grant EU wide copyright on anything without the unanimous approval of each and every country's copyright office in the EU."
Patrick Powers

29/09/2011
"What a disgrace Mr. Coop is. The very best of luck to you in overturning the EU Trademark. "

29/09/2011
"I only took hold of the Keep Calm meme this year... I've created a few parodies for my own fun, and that's what they are - "for my own fun". I don't make a buck. I make a few jokes and hopefully others get the joke and laugh too. People have been subverting recognisable names, brands, images for humour for years - and someone wants to stop that because he wants to own it? That's sad. Let's just keep this where it's supposed to be now: FUN."

28/09/2011
"This phrase is part of our British history. It belongs to all of the people of Britain not just one individual. Please ensure that it remains this way."

28/09/2011
""I think they're jumping on the back of essentially what I came up with" He actually said that. Can you believe it? 72 years ago that phrase was created, before he was even born. What an absolute parasite this man is, trying to steal something that belongs to the British public, and make money off it. How he was even granted copyright over this phrase in the first place is beyond me."

28/09/2011
"People with no creativity or moral fibre seem to do well these days. "
Peter Bracher

28/09/2011
"Hands off ! Go & make up your own slogan Mark."

28/09/2011
"Did the tax payer not pay for this saying during the war This Guy is just out to make a quick ££££ is he going to tell Tesco/John Lewis/Thousands of Seaside shops to stop selling"
Mark Smith

28/09/2011
"How can iconic words such as these which were part of the great war be trademarked? It's absurd. If it is allowed then surely all searches for keep calm and carry on will be linked to that website. It will be taken away from what it has stood by for many years!!! "

28/09/2011
"This belongs to all British people and was used widely before this chancer came along. "

28/09/2011
"Mr Coop's actions run contrary to the spirit of the very image he is trying to keep as his own; how can he not see the incongruity of his actions? "

28/09/2011
"this is a government product. Why does this individual think he has the right to capitalise on this? surely business has already done enough harm to the public sector recently. "

28/09/2011
"Typical of today's greedy, 'the world owes me a living' society. Its not all about you Mark Coop."

28/09/2011
"this guy has no right to be on the throne. he did not come up with the slogan. he was not there when it was made originally. he has NO understanding of its meaning. he just wants the cash. this slogan is an institution and all proceeds should go to victims of war if anyone!! hope england stands up to this!!"

28/09/2011
"This should really not belong exclusively to anyone except either the designer or Barter Books but certainly not Mark Coop who is just cashing in. He had no creative input nor did he discover the slogan. "

28/09/2011
"I cannot believe that this has been allowed to be trade marked. Coop should be ashamed of himself. "
Adam Lewis

28/09/2011
"KEEP it FREE and CARRY ON! :)"

28/09/2011
"This is an outrage of the highest order. "

28/09/2011
"Who does this bloke think he is. What a nerve."

28/09/2011
"it belongs to the people of Great Britain and no individual. let us use it as we please without having to pay some geezer."

28/09/2011
"Such an icon should never be capitalised upon."

28/09/2011
"Simply NOT British! Flog the man!"

27/09/2011
"There is always someone who is ruled by greed:( Hang your head in shame Mr. Coop. Linda, Expat Gold Coast, Australia"
Linda Wright

27/09/2011
"This words are historic..no way should they belong to one person..they belong to Great Britain ."

27/09/2011
"This is history and under no circumstances should be the property of someone who only wants to capitalise and make a profit from it. GREEDY GREEDY MAN!"
Susan Legg

27/09/2011
"There is no doubt that this trademark should NEVER be granted."
John King

27/09/2011
"If anyone owns the copyright/trademark, its the successors to the War Department/Ministry of Information."

27/09/2011
"I wish you all the success in your campaign."

27/09/2011
"This is rampant capitalism gone mad. "

27/09/2011
"shouldnt be copywritten we should all be allowed to use this saying be british and proud of it"

27/09/2011
"The rights to Keep Calm and Carry On should remain in the public domain and not be to the advantage of one individual."

27/09/2011
"I remember reading of the finding of the poster by Barter Books. The image became an istant icon around the world, spawning innumerable parodies, it clearly belongs to no one person. I wholeheartedly oppose Mark Coop's attempt to claim ownership. He neither created 'Keep Calm' nor did he buy the rights from any existing rightsholder. The phrase, created for and on behalf of the people of Great Britain clearly remains their property, not Mark Coop's. "

27/09/2011
"No way should this be allowed to be copyrighted, it belongs to Britian not one man"

27/09/2011
"This is despicable"

27/09/2011
"Amazing, didnt create the wording , font or lay out but found it in a book. I see no hard work or soul in that. Whats next, the union flag? It should go back to crown copyright or public domain."

27/09/2011
"Agree with you entirely! "

27/09/2011
"This sums up our current commitments in the world and all the fallout as a result rule Britannia and keep calm and always carry on."

27/09/2011
"What an idiot thinking no one would notice him doing this lol "

27/09/2011
"STOP THIS SNIVELING GREEDY B****RD. HE IS A PARASITE. HE SHOULD MAKE UP HIS OWN PHRASE ALONG THE LINE OF: I'M A SNEAKY UNDERHAND F***R"

27/09/2011
"This poster, with these words belong to us all. How dare someone try and copyright it. If this guys bid goes ahead, I finally despair at everything!"

27/09/2011
"surely this is not possible???????"
Mary Breen

27/09/2011
"it deeply saddens me that a person would try to Trade mark this iconic piece of history, out of nothing but sheer greed. "
Sharon Adetoro

27/09/2011
"Mark Coop - you need to take heed of your trademark, which wasn't your idea in the first place."

27/09/2011
"This phrase belongs to the nation. Make him pay for using it."

27/09/2011
"Yet another obscene abuse of trademark law to stifle competition. How someone can so brazenly steal from the public domain and sleep at night is just beyond me."

27/09/2011
"Now that's just bad form."
Abalyn McMullen

27/09/2011
"And I thought that greedy, arrogant SOBs were, for the most part, denizens of this side of the pond. (BP execs excepted.) Carry on the fight. This is outrageous."

27/09/2011
"This phrase belongs to all of us, not to one selfish, money grabbing man."

27/09/2011
"Astonishingly arrogant and outrageous."

27/09/2011
"Mark Coop has no soul. "

26/09/2011
"Keep it public."

26/09/2011
"Very Cheeky."
S. Grant

26/09/2011
"What a frivolous trademark! Hope this is overturned quickly. Keep Calm and Don't Blink. "

26/09/2011
""This belongs to the people not to one individual.""

26/09/2011
"Mark Coop you suck."

26/09/2011
"Three cheers for Mary and Stuart Manley at Barter Books in Northumberland, who first brought Keep Calm to the public attention -- but did NOT try to grab all the profit for themselves! Greedy people who try to shove others out of the way are against everything that Keep Calm represents."

26/09/2011
"Keep going justice shall be yours!!"

26/09/2011
"I like to think Mark Coops balls are breaking right now!!!! Should be really painful to see his business compromised like this the tw@t! Just like the other businesses he tried to ruin! "

26/09/2011
"He's one of those people I'd love to punch in the face.."

26/09/2011
"What a revolting little creep, Keep calm and trounce the Coop!"
Sharon Anderson

26/09/2011
"Mark Coop is a greedy prat, he has taken a familiar and recognised phrase and is making money from it. Fair game, he can do that, but to initiate a claim and take control of this to prevent anyone else is unacceptable. If Mark Coop considers himself a 'true' entrepeneur, then perhaps he should trade mark a slogan that he has created himself and not one created over 60 years ago. But that would take real expertise and not underhand deciet. We were printing T-shirts for mark Coop in 2006, he admitted to us that the reason he could use the slogan was that the trademark had expired and anybody could use it."
Debbie Birch

26/09/2011
"I have never come across an act of pure selfish greed as bad as this in my life ! Mark coop you are a pathetic individual. Ian C."

26/09/2011
"No one but the Crown should be able to copyright or trademark this phrase or the poster. For that matter, I thought that part of any money collected the copies of this poster that I've seen for sale had to be paid either to the government or veteran associations."

26/09/2011
"What next Trademark "GOD SAVE THE QUEEN" can someone please get a grip saying should not be trademarked we all use them and they are part of our history."

26/09/2011
"The Intellectual Property Office shouldnt have granted this trade mark."

26/09/2011
"This is simply unjust, and ought to be punishable by law."

26/09/2011
"Who does he think he is, The words are historic he does not own them,they belong to the people who fought for us......"
Tony Roberts

26/09/2011
"ridiculous!"

26/09/2011
"This is a poster that should belong to the public sphere, and just because a man has made money off it does not mean he owns it. "

26/09/2011
"Carry on "

26/09/2011
"'Keep calm and carry on' is an iconic British saying and I believe that it should not be trademarked. "

26/09/2011
"Can't believe Mark Coop was allowed to register the trade mark given the age of the poster and the fact he clearly did not have the original idea to reproduce the image. "

26/09/2011
"KEEP CALM and SIGN THE PETITION."

26/09/2011
"This was done out of greed. The slogan is from wartime and should be available to all."
Judith Gray

26/09/2011
"Keep Calm and Carry On should remain in the public domain."
Laura Lahert

26/09/2011
"Wow, this....creature seems to be of the same species as the one that put a copyright on the song "Happy Birthday' in the U.S. a few years ago. "

26/09/2011
"Surely the trademark has been given erroneously - Mr Coop is not the originator of the phrase and it was in use commercially by many others prior to his use? This is very sloppy work by whoever registers trademarks, I do hope they will be held to account."

26/09/2011
"How can these immortal words belong to one man? They need to be there for all to use not just someone who decides he wants to OWN them, pure greed if you ask me!"
Nick Smith

26/09/2011
"A friend of mine was hit with an 'eBay' cease and desist due to a breach of trademark. This caused her some distress (as we both researched quite extensively to ensure that it was indeed ok to produce products bearing this image and slogan) and has resulted in a loss of revenue and a 'black' mark on her eBay account compliance score. When she told me about it, I instantly contacted 'Keep Calm and Carry On LTD' to ask how they claimed the trademark for this item. I received their standard legal letter (which actually contains some small spelling mistake and, in one part, incorrectly references the EU trademark registration number). I replied questioning their tactics, the legitimacy of the trademark and also their lack of scruples and morals (of which they obviously have none). I was then treated to some self-pitying, whining about them protecting their company, their business, and the hard work that they had put in to creating their products. Thy also made comments about how they were being undercut by people for a product that they owned the legal rights to. I pointed out several errors with their arguments and their oversight/forgetfulness that they hadn't actually had any part in the intellectual creation of what was a national treasure. I then received the legal 'bully-boy' threats that they would prosecute, to the full letter of the law, anyone they felt was trying to threaten them, or breach their trademark. I served in the forces for over 9 years and the singlemost thought that generated my anger is that no one person deserves the right to own any small piece of our national and historical heritage for their own personal gain. It disgusts me to think that people like this exist and are willing to tread over the common man, this country, and OUR national heritage just to make a quick buck. Well Mr. Coop, it seems I am not the only one. Peter Johnson."
Peter Johnson

26/09/2011
"I am one of those effected by this 'supposed' registration and stopped from selling items bearing the motif. The whole crux of the matter is that people were selling items based on this design before Mr Coop started his trading. There is no logic in granting exclusivity to a design to one company when it is is in the public domain and has not been created by the said registrant, who wouldn't have a business if the deisgn hadn't been re-discovered by others."
Tony Allen

26/09/2011
"People like this clown seem to be forgetting the real british reason behind it."

26/09/2011
"This phrase belongs to the British public not to one man."

26/09/2011
"How did he get the trademark in the first place? Did some one forget to check if it was already in common use? Shame! Carry on calmly ;-)"

26/09/2011
"Terribly bad form of Mark Coop to try and trademark a phrase that was in use by others several years before him. Sadly for him I expect his selfishness will do more damage to his business than he has thought given how this is likely to spread around the 'net."

26/09/2011
"This belongs to the people of Great Britain not just one man."

26/09/2011
"I think its sick that a man can jump on the back of a phrase that was ment to inspire and help people through hard times. I can understand if he had came up with the phrase but it was someone else who had the great idea first. Neil"

26/09/2011
"Money talks, lets shut it up"

26/09/2011
"This is a disgraceful example of shameless opportunism and greed being rewarded"

26/09/2011
"Utterly ridiculous. "

26/09/2011
"THIS IS PART OF ENGLANDS HISTORY.... what will he claim next......"

26/09/2011
"Disgusting!"

26/09/2011
"Mr Coop, when you look through these comments - as I'm sure you will, then remember, as strong as the feelings here seem - there are probably thousands, if not millions of Brits that lived through the war and would be appalled by your greedy actions - but who are not on the internet (and so who's voice is not being heard). I'm sure the word traitor could well be applied - you should be ashamed!!"

26/09/2011
"This phrase/sentiment needs to remain public."

26/09/2011
"Best of luck with this crazy situation. Maria Bustillos Los Angeles"

26/09/2011
"This is a dreadful thing. My response: http://www.conniptions.org/?20110926"

26/09/2011
"It's a britsh iconic phrase and should stay that way."

26/09/2011
"Just NO. For goodness' sake. It's not yours Mr. Coop!"

26/09/2011
"This belongs to all the tax payers of Great Britain, not the guy trying to own the copyright - he should know better !! but then again Greed knows no boundries. Gh0sT"

26/09/2011
"Unless I'm allowed to patent the wheel then this whole thing is boll*cks."

26/09/2011
" I have a vested interest in keeping this open to all, in that the original poster inspired me to create a range of greeting cards and posters under the name of 'Ministry of Britishness', using a range of old and new sayings to impart traditional, stiff-upper-lip ethos in my cards. I do not actually use 'Keep Calm and Carry On' as a message on a card, but the strap line on all my cards is 'Now Carry On', and some cards have things like ' Re: Your Birthday - Keep Calm and have a Large One'. So admitedly the idea is inspired by the original, and then taken further with original and re-vamped sayings. I know of a number of other card companies using the same ideas, and obviously I think mine is jolly good indeed, but the relevant point here is that the original is such an iconic piece that it has and should continue to inspire other creative responses to it, and should be allowed to be free of use in its original form. By all means trademark and protect your original work, and any genuine new development from 'Keep Calm and Carry On' if it warrants it, but leave the original free for use by all, as it belongs to all of us now. www.ministry-of-britishness.co.uk"

25/09/2011
"Offensive comment !!!!!!!! "

25/09/2011
"Surely Coop is guilty of Passing Off? Producing a range of identical items to sellers who already have an established market? He's a copy artist who invested more money than everyone else, but it doesn't entitle him to a monopoly. He has accounts with John Lewis and other large retailers, so he should be happy with that and not chase after small sellers trying to make a living who also work just as hard. Let the customer decide what is "cheap tat." If they're on eBay, what else would you expect?? He'll have a mountain of legal cases to defend when sellers fight back. Trademarks can be challenged!"

25/09/2011
"Shame on you, Mark Coop, for feeding off the hard work and creativity of others."

25/09/2011
"So he didn't create the slogan or poster, he doesn't own an original poster, he didn't make the copy of the original poster, yet he somehow thinks he's got a right to it? Cheek."

25/09/2011
"Mark Coop should be ashamed to call himself British - that jumped u little man thought he could own a phrase that belongs to the British people - bad show (p.s Mr Coop - I HAD A 'KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON' T-SHIRT IN THE 80's!!!!)"
Glenn Bruce

25/09/2011
"its a outrage to the british public."

25/09/2011
"To trademark a piece of history is a travesty. The sentiments should be available to every citizen. I live in the United States, but I feel strongly that everyone should have the opportunity to use this slogan in a time when calm is called for, and carrying on is so necessary."

25/09/2011
"How can a private individual trademark something that was produced for the government, paid for by the tax payer and now out of copyright which should be in the public domain.!!! Whats next someone trademarking Hello, goodbye and you have to pay a royalty every time you use it in speech or print!!"

25/09/2011
"To the pro Mark group - he was certainly not the first entrant into the market. We actually did a legal sweep to see whether there were any trademark laws in place in June 2010 and there were none! He only registered the agreement in October last year way way after many others who had already been selling product with this slogan on. This slogan was registered in Europe because no English/UK lawyer would have granted him such a trademark!! "

25/09/2011
"this is great"

25/09/2011
"Stuff like this got the British people through the war and should belong to the British people not used to make profit from those folk who made it through the war years and more importantly the people who didn't. It's devaluing the slogans. How can you feel comfortably by making money from it?"

25/09/2011
"how can something so essentially and recognisably "ours" become someones property?"
  RESPONSE BY: Steve (Original poster owner) on 25/09/2011
"Easy.... greed"

25/09/2011
"We have had a few keep calm products removed from ebay even tho we have been listing these long before this person even had the trademark ebay will not listen to there customers 18/10/10 was the date this trademark was issued. Also it is totaly wrong for this guy to claim rights to this slogan and image as he had nothing to do with the design. This is a public domain image and slogan and is free to use for anybody."

25/09/2011
"It looks to me like Mr Coop pipped you lot to the post first, and now you're clutching at straws over copyright legalities. To me it looks like Mr Coop has every right to protect his business interests, more so in these times we live in, and you're just sorry that you didn't have the foresight to act in the way he did. Leave it alone as your argument really doesn't stand up."
  RESPONSE BY: Steve (Original poster owner) on 25/09/2011
"Yet another post from the Mark Coop corner that completely avoids the raw facts (another friend perhaps?). What I have noticed with the pro Mark Coop posts it that NOT one acknowledges that he was not the first to sell Keep Calm products. They also don't mention that his business is built up around a poster that he bought from Barter Books. If you are going to defend Mark Coop, at least put facts on the table and refrain from fabricating a better scenario for Mark Coop. The pressure is now on him to cancel his trademark on something that is not his. If he created Keep Calm, then he would have the right to protect it but he didn't. He is simply just one of many that distribute the image but the dfference with him is his intensions to monopolise, a move that has caused a lot of ill feeling towards him which he should have expected. The case againt him is overwhelming and we are confident that common sense will preveile."

25/09/2011
"When one looks at the generous and open way that Stuart and Mary Manley of Barter Books shared their find, it is depressing to see a chancer like Coop trying to appropriate and muscle in on this iconic poster - and so unnecessary. What a sad individual he must be. And whatever his case in law, it fails in the more important court of ethics and morality. He must be seriously short of business nous if the only plan he has is to capitalise on someone else's original idea. What an utter parasite. As to his family and friends suggesting this is a 'hate campaign', though I can understand he has family, I'm surprised he has friends. "

25/09/2011
"I have a Keep Calm and Carry On bag which I got from Mark Coop's site. I'm afraid that is the first and LAST product I'll be buying from him. The poster and the phrase are simply not his to trademark. "

24/09/2011
"I have an email from Barter Books, about the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, from way back in 2005 if that's of any use to prove anything."
Elaine Greenwood-Hyde

24/09/2011
"Nasty, greedy, selfish man, who needs to be stopped. A pathetic attempt to steal a national icon :("

24/09/2011
"Calm Down and Get A Life Mr Coop!! "

24/09/2011
"Greed. Unethical and illegal. "

24/09/2011
"It should not be possible to trademark something over 50 years old!"

24/09/2011
"I feel it is wrong for Mark Coop to claim this as 'his'. He will try and claim 'dig for victory' next!"
ANGELA Almond

24/09/2011
"stop jumping on a bandwagon for your own gain, its selfishness in the extreme"

24/09/2011
"This cannot be allowed to happen! It would be like trademarking a Churchill speech! this slogan belongs to the British public."

24/09/2011
"This belongs to us all!!!!"

24/09/2011
"greedy man"

24/09/2011
"shocking behaviour.... just not "the done thing" this is a piece of Uk history and no-one should be able to tradmark "keep calm and carry on petitioning! ""

24/09/2011
"Its totally wrong what he's doing! The "keep calm" slogan needs to stay in the public domain. He cant just take something that isnt his and claim it as his own! "

24/09/2011
"Surely it is unethical to be allowed to trademark something that isn't yours, as there is no question that Mark Coop did not invent this phrase, or the poster design. It is like someone trying to trademark the Lords Prayer!"
Nicki Payton

24/09/2011
"good luck in your efforts to thwart Mr. Coop 's ungracious attempt at stealing your idea. Just keep calm and carry on with your campaign."

24/09/2011
"To solely claim this iconic statement is an absolute monopoly, you have no right!"

24/09/2011
"Regarding the great comment above, please could I just ask admin to make one correction as there is an error which could be damaging to our business. Mark Coop operates 'Keep Calm and Carry On Ltd', not 'Keep Calm Ltd' as stated in the comment above. Keep Calm Ltd is our company, trading as keepcalmgallery.com. We are firm believers in the freedom and true spirit behind the KCACO poster, please don't get our companies confused! We were running Keep Calm Gallery on a small scale online, from our university halls before Mark Coop's business began. Very sad to see what is happening now. We would really appreciate it if you could amend the comment above to state the correct company, 'Keep Calm and Carry On Ltd', rather than our company, 'Keep Calm Ltd'. Many thanks."

23/09/2011
"Whilst it is admirable that 'Keep Calm and Carry On Ltd' seized an opportunity to build a small business on the back of just one Government phrase, I think they should now hang their head in shame. If Mr Coop were a true entrepreneur he would have enough confidence in his own talents and products to stay one step ahead of his competitors and he would spend his time, energy and money creating something new and original to support and enhance his current range. I expect this battle will snowball and result in some very negative and damaging publicity for 'Keep Calm and Carry On Ltd' and some very positive publicity for the wonderfully sensible and dignified Barter Books and Wartime Posters, but as always, the ultimate winners will be the IP legal teams with their big fat paycheques!"

23/09/2011
"As the webmaster of the Keep Calm-o-matic I'm disappointed in the trademarking of the Keep Calm slogan. The poster itself is long out of copyright (crown copyright only lasts for 50 years from the date of publication) so there's really no justification to trademark the slogan. Those of us that have commercial activities in this area should be able to acknowledge each other's rights to try and do what we can, provided we're not dishonouring the spirit of the original poster. I'd also add that from my point of view Keep Calm doesn't make much money - it pays the hosting costs and buys a beer or two but that's pretty much it."

23/09/2011
"I am amazed at this guy's gall and his sense of entitlement. He has no rights over this phrase or the trademark. In my opinion he is an idiot and a thief, and has stolen from the public. I feel angry that he is still trading."

23/09/2011
"Trademarking "Keep Calm & Carry On" is surely madness. This must not be allowed, particularly not when the overriding reason for doing so is clearly greed."

23/09/2011
"The reason why he sought trademark rights in the EU is quite simple. He knew very well that this would not have been sanctioned in the UK by any respectable legal body. I suspect the European lawyer he went to - knew nothing about the true meaning of this slogan or the empathy it holds with the British public. The slogan was issued by the government in WW11, in the event that, if Germany did invade this country, this would be an uplifting and rallying cry to the British people to carry on regardless. It represents freedom and so should be freely available to the British people and not the sole property of one extremely greedy little man. This slogan was out of copyright and hence could be used freely by businesses. His claim to be the first person to use this slogan commercially is also wrong as there were many other companies trading and using this design before he entered the market. "

23/09/2011
"The whole point about this (besides obvious Trademark Law inconsistancies), is that this guy did not create anything other than a business using someone elses concept! To trademark the poster is not to protect something that he has created (as his friend stated) but to lay financial claim over something that already existed in the Public Domain. I am confident that the RIGHT thing will happen here and that the Trademark will eventually be overturned on the basis of being registered in Bad Faith. I might go and Trademark the bible and the koran, do you think there might be some money in them? Or how about Hallelujah or Allah a akbar? "

23/09/2011
"The company YesNoMaybe produced KCACO t-shirts long before Mark Coop. You can find an article on their website following the link below. Surely this invalidates all of Mark's ridiculous claims. http://www.yesnomaybe.co.uk/newsdetail.aspx?idBlog=294"

23/09/2011
"Sorry but am I missing something? Has Mr Coop broken the law in some way? Has he been hacking into the e mail accounts of Ms Cade or Mr and Mrs Barter Books or the voicemail of them and their loved ones. What a fuss about nothing. He has simply had the foresight and intiative to make the most of a business opportunity. Others may be ruing their own failure to do the same but that's their problem not his. I would imagine that Sir Winston C would praise his resourcefulness in these difficult times. Anyone who has sat through Dragons Den will recognise that he has followed the advice that is regularly trotted out there to the letter - securing the trademark on the products that he is marketing and nabbing the .com web domain. Only wish I had thought of it myself! "
  RESPONSE BY: Steve (Original poster owner) on 23/09/2011
"Yes you are missing something. Maybe this statement released by Barter Books today may help... "Barter Books wish to make it clear that Mark Coop has no ethical or moral right to 'Keep Calm'. The reverse - when he first jumped on the band-wagon, six years after it was first put on sale, and two years after the Guardian feature and subsequent TV that started the worldwide spread, it was already well established. We have records showing when he first bought a poster from us, prior to starting his 'business' and his written admission that he used that image, after removing our name, without either asking or acknowledging his source. He even took our history of the poster, which is our copyright, without acknowledging either ourselves or Dr Bex Lewis, whose dissertation was the prime source. (Subsequent correspondence got him to at least acknowledge Dr Bex!) By the time he formed the company 'Keep Calm and Carry On Ltd.' and subsequently got an EU trade mark for the phrase, it was already in use by literally hundreds of other people (many kind enough to acknowledge their source!) and this trade mark should never have been allowed.""

23/09/2011
"LUDICROUS!!"

23/09/2011
"it ours.."

23/09/2011
"This man has seen fit to steal, then claim for his own, a poster created during the darkest days of the second world war to motivate a nation against the forces of evil & oppression. Now he seeks to do the same in a bid for his own commercial gain. Whilst he has every right to do so, he cannot be allowed to be the sole beneficiary of such material. It was created for the nation, belongs to the nation, let those of the nation who wish to do so, make what they will. If his products are the best then he will be okay will he not? But he does deserve a slap for his utter selfishness & self importance."

23/09/2011
"Disgusting greed. No!"

23/09/2011
"Why is it so difficult for everyone to understand? Mark Coop is not trying to crush other people's lives - he is trying to prevent people copying his products. He has only registered the trademark in certain terms, and several other legitimate companies co-exist with his harmoniously. Look beyond this pathetic 'wartime spirit' imagery that none of us are old enough to remember, the emotive pictures on this 'half truth' site, which is inciting and encouraging abuse to a man you don't even know, and see the actual facts of the case: Mark did not steal anything. He saw an opportunity to create a range of products, not to own a piece of 'public domain heritage'. Indeed the slogan does 'belong' to the collective consciousness, but Mark's range of products were the first of their kind to be trademarked, and therefore he has every right to protect that. He only enforces his trademark in cases where his products are being copied. He does not claim to own the heritage, or the words themselves. This whole thing is wildly ignorant and irresponsible - the administrator clearly states he/she will remove abusive comments, yet many remain. You should all be ashamed of yourselves. Perhaps you can find someone actually worthy of throwing rocks at!"
  RESPONSE BY: Steve (Original poster owner) on 23/09/2011
"Chris, we have had this one out via email already!. You really need to take a good look at your own comments, they contain alot of ignorance. I would also be VERY careful about labeling 'Wartime Spirt' as pathetic. It was wartime spirt that helped people through the terrible time of WW2 and helped lead us to victory so that people like yourself and Mark can enjoy the freedom of modern times. I find that labeling very offensive. The whole idea around trademark is to protect something. I will now post the response I sent to you last night so everyone can see.... In response to your points: "The support you show for a friend you meet occasionally for drinks is to be lauded however the facts remain the same. One fact you may not be aware of is that 50,000 keep calm units were sold before your friend began trading. I am unaware of how many units have been sold since but as he has been in business for 4 years is it not fair to say that he has profited as much as any trader in that time? For that reason I personally found it reprehensible action to state on a tv program watched by many people who are not aware of the facts, and I am quoting directly from the interview, that his business is "essentially something I came up with". In light of my earlier comment about units sold before he began trading in what context is that a fair statement to make?""

23/09/2011
"It is extraordinary that Mark Coop was allowed to register KCCO as a a trademark. These words are clearly in the public domain. This must be challenged."

23/09/2011
"Remove unauthorised sales from Ebay now!"

23/09/2011
"Keep calm, and keep fighting!! Using 'entrepreneurialism' to try and own posterity (pardon the pun) is selfishness and theft, thinly disguised. This piece of history belongs to the people (for whom it was created)"

23/09/2011
"Ridiculous man."

23/09/2011
"And here is the rub, silly comments like: "Property of Great Britain. Not property of one man to trademark". Well why the hell not? Is Mr Coop not a British subject? Has he not risked, invested and speculated to build a meaningful and profitable business. FACT. We live and propser and enjoy a very good stndard of living thank you very much, cos we live in a capitalist society. This is the thin end of the wedge, if we live in a country where someone can build a business, take risks, pay taxes and then face an Internet campaign to shut the whole thing down? Well that's Communism coupled with socialism or somethng that I will give my life to defend against. This whole thing is a disgrace, Mr Coop come up with the idea before you did, get over it. I shall be ordering a whole hat full of merchandise from www.keepcalmandcarryon.com for my forthcoming social event. (5 year anniversary) I'm not interested in knock offs, if you want quality products I advise you go to the first and original KCACO stockists. i.e www.keepcalmandcarryon.com"
  RESPONSE BY: Steve (Original poster owner) on 23/09/2011
"Well since you put it like that, hell... he can have 'Keep Calm' all to himself... why are we all complaining? Out of curiosity, you say his products are original, can I ask were they originate?....Barter Books? hmmm"

23/09/2011
"I am now getting irritated at the pro-COOP comments (fact) that appear to be from COOP himself through friends. There is NO WAY that one man selling T-shirts is going to save the UK economy. Hundreds selling them during 2012 might be a start, but one? No way. Nor does one person have the right to whine on about "working hard" at building up his business, when all he has to do is select products order them and have the slogan printed on them. Meanwhile he is blocking hundreds who also work hard. Where's the justice in that. As for popularity, the whole KCCO world was doing fine without Coop, and will do again. This ridiculous publicity stunt will backfire on him and may benefit everyone else in the long run. I'm just wondering how many are planning to sue for loss of earnings because of Coop's arrogant and reckless behaviour. Keep buggering on. "
  RESPONSE BY: Steve (Original poster owner) on 23/09/2011
"Well said... Sums it right up!"

22/09/2011
"He cannot and should not be allowed to use as his own something that isnt! "

22/09/2011
"I'm getting a bit sick of people just randomly stealing stuff. How about coming up with your own ideas? It makes me sad that ownership these days seems to be more of a case of who made it first to the trademark registry office, rather than who actually created something. Of course, in this case, nobody knows who created it, which is why this should stay in the public domain."

22/09/2011
"This phrase belongs to the people of Britain, it existed long before this person adopted it as his trademark. i would suggest a boycott of his products"

22/09/2011
"Trademarking something so British as 'Keep Calm and Carry On' is against British principles."

22/09/2011
"whatever next... this must be stopped. Blatant profiteering and exploitation of our common heritage. If anyone should have a claim its Barter Books and they were generous enough to share it- in true great british spirit! Or copyright it back to the crown and give the money to war veterans."

22/09/2011
"Pure selfishness! Stolen from the public for profit and personal gain! Hope the application to cancel the trademark which was submitted on 19th Sept gets accepted!"

22/09/2011
"This belongs to us all. I've always bought the poster from Barter Books who sell it cheaper than anywhere else. I hope the negative publicity hits Mark Coop's sales "

22/09/2011
"I'm not a British national, but I can't do otherwise than support this cause. Keep Calm and Carry On belongs to the people and this man's claim is nothing but opportunistic and absurd."

22/09/2011
"i've no objection to making money from selling goods with the slogan, but unless you're the one who invented the slogan, you have no right to stop others doing the same!"

22/09/2011
"go get him!"
Ash Mahmood

22/09/2011
"Reading the comments on your site, how ironically hysterical. Mr Coop took an opportunity to create and sell a range of products where others had not. He then went after the trademark to protect his efforts while others did not. Others might have and many would claim they could have, but the fact is, they did not, clearly being very busy doing other things like not having the idea, while Mr Coop was taking risks, building a small business and so on. In taking the risk, making the investment and earning a living from it, he did indeed have a nerve...the nerve to take a risk where some sit on their backsides waiting for a handout while whining about 'greed'. Cheerio "
  RESPONSE BY: Admin on 22/09/2011
"Did you not read the information on this site? Stuart & Mary Manley found the poster.... Mark Coop built a business around it with out asking permission, he even bought the poster from them. He has worked hard... so what. Others sell 'Keep Calm' products and work hard aswell. Why should Mark steal it and reserve it for his own use? Why do I feel that I keep repeating this?... Keep Calm and Repeat yourself! lol "

22/09/2011
"Something created for the public that then falls into the public domain should not be exploited by one oleaginous man, but free for all to print, enjoy and use without fear of retribution!"

22/09/2011
"I am quite flabbergasted by the vitriolic ignorance being spouted on this website! Mark has at no point attempted to tradmark the phrase Keep Calm and Carry On, merely the use of it on certain products that he has been selling. Furthermore he has never attempted to (nor would or indeed could) stop people from selling goods with this phrase *that he does not already sell or that they were selling before him*. Mark is not trying to be greedy - quite the contrary; he is simply trying to protect his investment of considerable time and money from people who are producing poor-quality copies of items that he is already selling. His commitment to quality and value for money is something that a lot of retailers should take note of! Keep on it Mark, you have the support of all the people who know you for the thoroughly kind and decent bloke you are. Ignore these Daily Mail-reading sheep who are all bitter and twisted about someone else reaping the rewards of their hard work."
  RESPONSE BY: Admin on 24/09/2011
"His value for money is questionable as he sells posters for 10. Barter Books sells posters for 3.60!, not really good value for money when it is alot cheaper elsewhere (and from the original suppliers). Also, I am quite flabbergasted that you can say 'vitriolic' and then go on to attack Daily Mail readers?!"

22/09/2011
"This must be in the Public Domain, his trademark is nonsense and I am disappointed that is was granted. The poster was definitely reproduced and sold by Barter Books, years and years before Mark Coop got involved, I remember seeing it advertised. It was later reported by the BBC too. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7869458.stm The slogan was also seen widely in the immediate aftermath of the 2005 7/7 bombings in London with stickers placed on lampposts in the capital. This was reported in the media too. Personally, I was using the image at work as a screen wallpaper around 2005 too. It was seen and commented on by lots of people. When Mark Coop claims other are jumping on what he "came up with" he forgets to mention that he didn't actually come up with it. He jumped on a bandwagon that was already rolling and now claims it as his own. I hope for his own sake he steps back, realises his own mistake, and puts it right. Come on Mark, show your better nature! You'd still be a strong player in that market, and you can protect your livelihood through diversification. Becoming infamous for this won't help at all... use your brain man!"

22/09/2011
"You're a filthy spiv Mark Coop - f*** you!"

22/09/2011
"Just sad and frustrating"

22/09/2011
"This was designed for the British public and belongs to the British public"

22/09/2011
"British History is NOT for sale"

22/09/2011
"This is a much loved symbol that reminds us all of some very dark days in the nations history, which sometimes brought out the best in people. So let's keep it for us all to enjoy."
Margaret Hames

22/09/2011
" This is simply intellectual carpetbagging and if allowed sets a terrible precedent."

22/09/2011
"Keep calm and drop kick that fool!"

22/09/2011
"Chocks away!"

22/09/2011
"The implications of being able to apply for a Trademark on something you didn't design are worrying for all artists and creatives. A very odd decision which I'm sure will be overturned."

22/09/2011
"Hopefully his greed being exposed will find him out. Unfortunately not knowing the provenance of KC&CO products might inadvertantly affect the others in the business."

22/09/2011
"A phrase such as this cannot be trademarked. Even if it were to be trademarked, Coop has the least claim to the trademark having not sufficiently referenced the origins of said phrase and poster with Barter Books and the extensive research of Dr Bex Lewis."

22/09/2011
"This is a ridiculous state of affairs when some one is allowed to copyright a public piece of property designed be the government and has been in the public domain for decades. this design has been used for a good number of years by lots of small companies and individuals prior to this person applying for the copyright in the last year or so, I think it is a little to easy for a small amount of money paid to some european body to get a copyright, which is then only possible for companies with money to burn to legally contest it. with regard to ebay anyone can put an objection in on a listing that causes untold problems to the seller and they do not want to look at a case on its merits as it costs them money to do so. He would not be allowed a copyright of this nature in England. Good luck more power to your elbow or has that been copyrighted in europe also."

22/09/2011
"Is Mark a wartime spiv?"

22/09/2011
"He has no right to being the copyright holder of this poster, which is, in fact, no-one's to own."

22/09/2011
"See what I think (as the person who wrote the history of the poster) http://ww2poster.co.uk/2011/09/keep-calm-and-campaign-on-bbcbreakfast-keepcalmandcarryon/ - essentially fair enough run a business, but can't see any way that trademarking it was possible, and his argument that "without him there would be nothing" is rubbish. "

22/09/2011
"Mark has brought the poster back to life! People seem to be cashing in on his ideas and success which were born long before any of them probably even knew about the slogan or what it even meant. This seemed so obvious in the interview with Kerry, who, should to keep calm and Kerry on with trying to come up with something herself to put on her mugs and sell on ebay. "
  RESPONSE BY: Steve (Original poster owner) on 23/09/2011
"As a WW2 enthusiast and owner of one of only two original Keep Calm posters in private collections, I regard myself quite knowledgeable on the subject and feel obliged to add to this comment. Stuart & Mary Manley brought 'Keep Calm' to the public after they discovered it in 2001. They sold 50,000 of the posters before Mark Coop even set up his business. If anyone was 'cashing in' it was Mark Coop. Stuart Manley discovered 'Keep Calm', Mark Coop did not. He simply applied 'Keep Calm' to products which resulted in a business. "

22/09/2011
"Capt. Mainwaring: "He's copyrighted a phrase he has no right to? Stupid boy!""

22/09/2011
"It astounds me that Mark Coop genuinely believes he has the right to Trademark a historical statement, not to mention without acknowledgement to those who've actually researched and brought to light this WW2 poster. How dare one man think he can have exclusive rights to such a piece of history! "

22/09/2011
"Quite ludicrous and downright offensive to a small businessman who has indeed spent four years building up a business. The trademark laws may be complicated and unfair to people who don't own trademarks, but why on earth are you all jumping on this like it's a deliberate attempt to kill off other businesses? Obviously it isn't. What it amounts to is good business sense, and as he claimed on BBC this morning, if it wasn't for his actions in bringing this slogan/catchphrase back into the public consciousness, you wouldn't even know about it. So you're happy to say what a terrible person he is for wanting to protect his livelihood, to which he is perfectly entitled, but you won't acknowledge the pivotal role he played in making this slogan 'cool'. All businesses seek to protect their trademarks and intellectual property. It is entirely logical and fair that they do so. Defaming a man on a website like this, which ignores the fact that Kerry Cade herself uses the argument that it's "not in keeping with the spirit" of the slogan rather than a valid business reason, shows that the majority of comments on this site are foundless. Greed? Really? A small businessman protecting himself. Well done for missing the point entirely."
  RESPONSE BY: Steve (Original poster owner) on 22/09/2011
"Quote -"downright offensive to a small businessman" you are way off the mark and it is you that has missed the point entirely!. For a start, lots of people have built a business that includes selling 'Keep Calm' products eg: Stuart & Mary Manley from Barter Books. If it was not for them, Mark Coop would not have a 'Keep Calm' business and YES HE IS TRYING TO KILL OFF OTHER BUSINESSES, that is what this campaign is all about?!?! The majority of comments on this site are not foundless and clearly show what the vast majority of people think after reading up about the history of the poster and it's re-discovery. People connected to Mark Coop might see it differently but he set up a business from a poster that he bought from Barter Books and that is a cold fact that he cannot hide. He did not seek permission and no one asked him to do it. If his business is affected by this trademark dispute, then all he has to do is have the trademark scrubbed, it's quite simple. People see this as a very underhand and greedy move."

22/09/2011
"You cant trademark an example of british wartime spirit, this slogan belongs to the british people. Its disgusting that one mans greed can go so far."
Elizabeth Hannon

22/09/2011
"You just don't trademark something like this. It belongs to everyone."

22/09/2011
"I will be suggesting to the COOP that they pursue Mr Mark Coop for breach of copyright. How can he get away with using that iconic brand as his surname?"

22/09/2011
"ridiculous, there is always someone trying to jump on any financial bandwagon"

22/09/2011
"Mark Coop comes out of this looking not just unscrupulous, but sleazy and underhand. He has balls, you have to give him that, but no right to own the phrase and branding."

22/09/2011
"This flies in the face of logic. I'm off to file a trademark clams on the words "Panzer" and "Spitfire". "

22/09/2011
"I am sorry but to claim trademark of a nationally used phrase is surely an madness - there has been no unique creativity or action applied to this term to cause it be the trademark of any one person other than that of the Crown who first used it, produced it and copyrighted it over 50 years ago now, and it is certainly not an individuals business trademark as it has been used by many people and reproduced by many people prior to this application being made."

22/09/2011
"Barter Books are complete hypocrites, and have a massive chip on the shoulder due to Mr Coop's success( and their failure to secure the domain name).Barter books may have sold a few posters first, but Mr Coop took the idea and put it on a range of other products.Barter books then copied his products as did all the e bay users and high street shops.Fundamentally if Mr Coop hadn't taken the initiative no one would be having this debate or selling these products.FACT!"

22/09/2011
"Bought my poster from Barter Books in 2007 off their website when I was at university. Barter Books have always been dignified in their 'find', and though they have made money from it, they've not exploited it in the way Mark has. Barter Books also recognise that it was Dr Bex Lewis of http://ww2poster.co.uk/ who actually rediscovered this great poster. "

22/09/2011
"I don't understand how someone can trademark something that's been PD for over 50 years. OK, he invested lots of Time/Effort/Money but that was HIS descision. Nobody asked for that, and the right to use the "brand" should not change as a result."

22/09/2011
"It's disgraceful that such a greedy capitalist who had abosultely nothing to do with this poster can claim ownership of it..."

22/09/2011
"I saw the BBC report and it seems like there is a bit of sour grapes going on here as Mark had the guts to put everything into his business and make it a success. I have bought some of Marks goods and he is promoting the brand in a respectful way with quality items. Surely someone should be focusing their attention on stopping all the 'keep calm and...' imitation slogans that are around now as they are a lot more disrespectful than Marks trademark."

22/09/2011
"To be fair no one would know about this great British phrase unless Mark coop took it mainstream. Britain is suffering from a huge financial downturn and it's small business and entrepreneurs like Mark that will turn our country from 'ok Britain to 'great Britain' again"

22/09/2011
"This is an affront to common sense and a despicable attempt to damage the livelihoods of hundreds of small businesses who are happily competing in an open and fair market to sell KCCO items on line. I hope he loses sleep, because we are..."
Paula Newman

22/09/2011
"Surely the registration of a Trademark cannot be retrospective, and seeing as those traders dealing in "Keep Calm" products have produced and sold "Keep Calm" branded products for several years, how is it possible for the trademark to be legally applicable, and more importantly, enforced? A commonly-used unregistered brand surely cannot be retrospectively trademarked as it's already in common use?"

22/09/2011
"This is clearly one of the most blatant mistakes so far made by the EU in relation to European Trade Marks. COOP has no original item, no claim to being the exclusive owner, instigator or inventor of the phrase. He makes no goods that can be called "KEEP CALM and CARRY ON" and wasn't even in business before it had made the headlines and achieved widespread exposure at which time hundreds of people began printing shirts with the slogan on. As far as i can see he might have a case for deckchairs, but the EU trademark is supposed to include an exemption for those persons who were already trading the items for which this mark has been registered. As one of those persons, and someone who believed that when Crown Copyright expired and became Public Domain, it was meant to remain just that. I hope they will realise their mistake, rectify it, and return to a level playing field - but then all that has to be explained to eBay and that's another story."

22/09/2011
"The use of this phrase was re popularised before Mark Coop latched on to registering it as his company name . He does not have the imagination to think up a phrase for himself that would be as popular a money earner so the phrase should never have been allowed to be registered privately . It is a popular phrase belonging to the British Public, coined by a Government Department and as such should remain in the public domain . What will we allow next , registration of sayings from Shakespeare as company names ? Much Ado About Nothing Plc or .com etc !"

22/09/2011
"I think some of you are perhaps not looking at the reasons. This guy had an idea to use this slogan printed on items some years ago and see if people liked it. It seemed that people did, and it turned into his livelihood. So why should someone else come along and copy his idea and print their own stuff? I think the trademark would simply not be necessary in an ideal world, because people wouln't steal other people's business ideas. Nobody owns the phrase "Keep Calm and Carry On" in the real world, but I see it that he's just protecting his business interests. I don't see any disrespect meant to the memory of WW2 or any surviving relatives. I will be honest and tell you that I've known Mark since school days and watched him build this idea from his bedroom. He has my support."

22/09/2011
"Idiot. Your country doesn't need you!"

22/09/2011
"Note that I am the person who wrote the original history of this poster, and spent the money doing the research, without which there would be no back story... and therefore I don't think it would have had the resonance that it has had: See my reaction: http://ww2poster.co.uk/2011/09/keep-calm-and-campaign-on-bbcbreakfast-keepcalmandcarryon/"

22/09/2011
"Kerry has to get over it I'm afraid. Seems to me like she is riding off the back of someone who has worked jolly hard to bring this brand to the forefront. I kind of get her view, but it's time to move on Kerry and find another phrase my lovely!"

22/09/2011
"I really hope you are successful with this action. Not only is the trademarking morally unjustifiable when the business idea wasn't original, it's against the spirit of the slogan anyway."
Julie Leadbeater

22/09/2011
"These words would of been cover under Crown Copyright. However, Crown Copyright expires on artistic works created by the UK government after 50 years, the image is now in the PUBLIC domain. The intellectual property will also belong to the UK government, perhaps they may have something to say."

22/09/2011
"hope it never has to be given rem there will always be an england"

22/09/2011
"Barter Books have had to deal with nonsense from this guy for years. He needs to wind his neck in."

22/09/2011
"Mark Coop and his 'Keep Calm and Carry On Ltd' should be ashamed. This is a complete abuse and misuse of intellectual property, an insult to the public good and damaging to the stimulation of growth and economy. The campaign to get this disgraceful trade mark ruling overturned has my full support. Beth Brook"
Beth Brook

22/09/2011
"I have watched the breakfast programme this morning. And I can not believe this man Coop! If this is not an act of downright selfishness from someone in the name of greed, I dont know what else it is. Most definitely the reverse to the name he has tradmarked........'Keep Calm and Carry On' surely was to help people keep together against the Germans if the country was over taken. Luckily it was not needed, and that is why these posters were turned to pulp........he needs to actually do some research and have a REAL passion for his business...........He certainly did not come across as a decent thoughtful person :-( "
Laura Jenkins

22/09/2011
"I don't think any young man of todays generation has any right to lay claim to this iconic poster, what a disgrace!"

22/09/2011
"Keep heritage free."

22/09/2011
"Property of our great heritage. Born out of the collective spirit of the nation, and to whom it should remain."

22/09/2011
"Bonkers!"

21/09/2011
"Completely agree with all of the fantastic comments in response to this farce. Unfortunately those who have reproduced the 'Keep Calm' poster, with great appreciation for it's design and place in history, have also been threatened with legal action by Barter Books in the past. Not sure if their stance has since changed?"

21/09/2011
"How is it possible for someone to trademark something that they have had no input in creating"
Kevin Green

21/09/2011
"Coop Out and Carry On! Boycott Coop, and Ebay too if they side with this odious man."

21/09/2011
"I agree with all the remarks made regarding this 'slogan' it is a 'national' phrase and not solely for one person to adopt, it should be adopted by all who wish to use it on their merchandise. it is a reminder to us all of the men and women who fought to keep this country of our British. bonnie and charles Cade "

21/09/2011
"how can you trademark a phrase, what a load of rubbish, get this over turned and bring some common sense back to the world"

21/09/2011
"i support Mark"
  RESPONSE BY: Admin on 21/09/2011
"He will need all the support he can get.... I guess that's just you then ..."

21/09/2011
"it's really hard to keep calm when you see this carry on!"
Gary Marto

21/09/2011
"Oi! You! Get your hands off our history and heritage. What are you going to copyright next ? Chamberlain's "Your Country Needs You" . It's not yours to exploit , give it up."

21/09/2011
"Keep the message out there, life goes on. After all we have been through as a nation lately the message resounds as loud as the day it was first shared. Keep calm and carry on!"

21/09/2011
"KC&CO Is In Peril. Defend It With All Your Might!"

21/09/2011
"How something that has been in the public domain can be trademarked is beyond me. "

21/09/2011
"Must not be allowed. There is little enough of our past identity left, don't let greed take this over as well."
Anita Bickell

21/09/2011
"How silly - this belongs to the nation not one greedy man."

21/09/2011
"Fight him on the beaches!"

21/09/2011
"Outrageous!"

21/09/2011
"keep right on !!!"
Ann-marie Shand

21/09/2011
"This is an anti compettive move which ceetainly is not in keeping with the original slogan all those years back"

21/09/2011
"I'm in Australia and I'm against this trademarking!! What a selfish notion. Leave "Keep Calm and Carry On" for the people, as a tribute to your great nation and the memories of history. That cannot be "owned" by anyone"

21/09/2011
"Keep calm and fight on! This can't happen!"

21/09/2011
"It's a national slogan not a trademark. Keep calm and bugger off coop!"

21/09/2011
"What an idiot this guy is!!"

21/09/2011
"It was created for the people and should remain that way! Defend it with all your might!"

21/09/2011
"But remember, men, we have one invaluable weapon on our side: we have an unbreakable spirit to win! A bulldog tenacity that will help us hang on while there's breath left in our bodies. You don't get that with Gestapo and jackboots. You get that by being British!"

21/09/2011
"This smacks of one man greedily trying to make money out of a national institution and should not be allowed!"

21/09/2011
"Let it stay in the public domain as it's been an inspiration for our past relations and now today! If it hadn't become such a phenomenon this wouldn't be happening. Shame on you, money grabber!!!"

21/09/2011
"Keep clam and carry on..... doing a great job, all will come together in the end"

21/09/2011
"It is appalling that such an icon can be hijacked by one greedy individual. This trademark claim MUST be overturned."

21/09/2011
"Does this mean I can take anything in the public domain after copyright has expired and claim it as mine. RIDICULOUS"

21/09/2011
"Disgraceful!"
Sue Remment

21/09/2011
"I strongly agree that this poster/quotation should remain free to use by the public. "

20/09/2011
"Its ridiculous this has been allowed. "

20/09/2011
"Keep calm . Coughs and Sneezes spead diseases"

20/09/2011
"I was appalled when ebay withdrew my listings. I think this man is a charlatan who should be stopped. I notice he isn't bothering to go after the "big boys" like John Lewis, Next or Past Times. It is so distasteful that he is taking something which represented the best of this country for his own greedy means. Well done on trying to stop him."

20/09/2011
"How can an individual 'own' this? If the Government haven't sold it to him, it's theft! If he's trying to trademark it, he's about 65 years too late."

20/09/2011
"The action of Mr Coop goes against the whole spirit of this poster. Okay so we are not in a global war and not facing an invasion but the country is under a fincancial dark cloud which is why the UK has taken to this poster fondley as a means to get through based on the posters original message: ......in these dark hours...pull together...keep calm ...and carry on..... But what is Mr Coop doing? He's seen this as an opportunity to......get a EU trade mark......get selfish ....and cash in...(hey that's a catchy slogan - I might copyright my own gains too!) Bad form Mr Coop!"

20/09/2011
"This belongs to the people not to one individual."

20/09/2011
"Seriously considering investigating if I can copyright the phrase "World War Two". This time next year I too could be a greedy, unscrupulous parasite! "

20/09/2011
"If ever a situation highlighted the difference between the "Let's all pull together" attitude during the war and the modern "Screw you all, I see an opportunity" of this generation, this is it. The slimy little bast... I mean business man, should be vilified for this."

20/09/2011
"Totally agree, how can you trademark the words? Does that mean every time I write on Facebook 'Keep Calm and Carry On' I owe him money? How ridiculous is that!"

20/09/2011
"How can a phrase from a wartime poster be copyrighted in 2011? Ridiculous."

20/09/2011
"Carry On!"

20/09/2011
"This belongs to all of us ! As the daughter of a very brave sailor who was off the Normandy Beaches the evening before D Day and who took part in the notorious Arctic Convoys I object to any one person owning the copyright. I speak too for my Mum who's home, as a little girl, was bombed by the enemy; not because they were in a target area but because the enemy planes dumped their bombs after they'd finished trying to bomb the Tyne...week after week after week What greed and what a lack of understanding by this man of what it should mean to be British. Keep Calm and Carry On Petitioning ! Carol Brodie"

20/09/2011
"There should be a request to the UK Intellectual Property Office to reject this RTM because (1), it contravenes Clause 4 of the Trade Marks Act 1994 in that it includes a part of a Royal Coat of Arms, or at least appears to; and (2) because it contravenes Clause 5(4)(a) of the Trade Marks Act 1994 as it is identical to an unregistered trade mark in use beforehand, namely by Barter Books since 2001. The request has, however, to come from Barter Books itself and not by means of a public petition."
  RESPONSE BY: Stuart & Mary - Barter Books on 21/09/2011
"Barter Books sought expert advice as soon as they became aware of Coop's trade mark in May. We were advised that our position was tricky as Coop has not taken any action against ourselves on eBay or anywhere else and until he did, our position was problematic. In any event you cannot just 'request a reject' - there is considerable cost involved - 800 euros to IPO plus your own attorney's costs (plus Coops costs if you lose). Secondly, there are now three legal challenges being made or prepared by three Intellectual Property law firms, Marks & Clerk for ourselves, plus Briffa and Trade Mark Direct for others. We are trying to co-ordinate these challenges so that effort is not needlessly duplicated. Happy to lead, but apparently the most effective challenges will come from those who have been adversely affected by Coops' actions."

20/09/2011
"It's a public item! Let's keep it that way!"
Kate O'Mara

20/09/2011
"Stamp this clown out. What he's doing is stupid, unnecessary and most of all greedy!"

20/09/2011
"keep it for the british public from a time when we stood together as one. we should be proud of it and not be trying to be greedy by trademarking it!"

20/09/2011
"I live by my big poster of 'keep calm' at the bottom of my stairs,every morning I look at it when the chaos of children around me :) No way should this happen,it's a piece of our history "

20/09/2011
"Remain calm and fight on!"
Howard Skidmore
  RESPONSE BY: Admin on 21/09/2011
"Keep Calm and Campaign!"

19/09/2011
"Property of Great Britain. Not property of one man to trademark. Even the two owners of the originals do not trademark and stop others using. Bad man..........."
Bernadette Ward




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Create your own keep calm poster
Checkout this interesting web site that allows you to create your own Keep Calm poster parodies.
We have created our own parody 'Keep Calm and Campaign On'