Sarah Palin has two noted and famous impersonators who travel the country pretending to be the former governor of Alaska. Palin impersonator Patti Lyons showed up at the Conservative Political Action Conference Feb. 11, on a day the real Sarah Palin said she would be absent. Lyons was dressed in Palin's red outfit, wore her glasses and even shook hands with real politicians.
Are these impersonators the real reason Palin wants her name trademarked? Here's an examination of the case in light of this new development. Despite the application for a trademark being rejected, an impersonator is a good reason to have yourself branded and copyrighted if your persona is worth a lot of money.
If there are any people making money on Palin's visage, she would have a right to compensation with a trademark designation. A fake Palin probably couldn't demand her alleged $100,000 a pop speaking fee which she gets every time she draws a crowd. Any financial gain of other people would be minimal as compared to Mama Grizzly's monster salary, [but] any money made on the Palin brand should rightfully be hers if a trademark is allowed.
[T]here are limits to what Palin can do to prevent her name being used in a negative or harmful way. ...
... But a full-fledged impersonator probably draws the line. Comedian Gallagher sued his brother to stop using his name in 2000 to make money. For awhile Ron Gallagher worked fine using "Gallagher II" [at his] shows. But then he started booking larger venues which took away from Leo Gallagher (the real Gallagher) and his money. Then a lawsuit was filed, which Leo won.It looks as though Sarah Palin will become a party pooper, if she trys to shutdown her impersonators.
Patti Lyons' website is here.
Patsy Gilbert's website is here (it autoplays music when you land on the page).
Update: But a better idea than stopping the impersonators -- If she'd just listen to good advice -- is to start a school for Sarah Palin impersonators. Each graduate would be licensed to impersonate her! The tuition might be -- I don't know -- is $25,000 too much? Then, Sarah could out-source her appearances. Suppose she paid an impersonator $10,000 for an appearance -- See! that license would be valuable -- she'd keep about 90% of a $100K fee. Profit! And she could appear in more than one place at once. Magic!