Man With Copyrighted Name Tries To Get Out Of Ticket
Man Claims It Costs $500,000 Each Time Name Used
POSTED: 8:01 a.m. CST November 5, 2003
UPDATED: 10:50 a.m. CST November 5, 2003
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police officers listen to a lot of excuses from people trying to get out of a ticket. But one man's excuse is not only original, it is legal and it surprised police.
A man told officers they could not write his name down because it was copyrighted.
"It's a copyrighted piece of material," said Daniel, who copyrighted his name. "To regain freedoms that are supposed to be ours but are restrained by ... well, I call it a police state."
The whole story came to light on Saturday afternoon when Independence police responded to a minor accident at Highway 24 and Mayes Road involving Daniel and another driver. That's when Daniel felt the need to exercise his copyright, KMBC's Lara Moritz reported.
"Blame just automatically came to me without any question as to what he had done or what the situation was," Daniel told KMBC's Lara Moritz.
Daniel said that the police were trying to make money by issuing him a traffic ticket, which he said is against his copyright.
"When they write you a ticket, it's commercial trade. There's something for them to gain monetarily or whatever," Daniel said.
For police to write his name down, Daniel said that they must pay a user's fee of $500,000 each time it is used.
Daniel hasn't seen any money from the Police Department yet. Daniel received three tickets. If the Police Department did infringe on his copyright, it would owe Daniel $1.5 million.
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I also found out, the Quick Trip convenience store three blocks from my house was robbed at gunpoint, yesterday morning at 5:00. Normally, people who live in this city, consider the Northern half of the city to be the "crime free" section. It dudn't have all tat low-life trash of the inner-cita maken thangs turrible fer everone else. When I told Lynn about it, he made the comment, he could have easily been in there. He sometimes stops in there when he's dropping off work overnight, at about that time of the morning.