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The Results Are In: USP Victory Over Activist Savitri Durkee and the First Amendment

blockchain 1/29/09 - USP is proud to announce that our costly, frivolous lawsuit against "activist" Savitri Durkee and her 1st Amendment right to satire has ended in a settlement whereby USP will acquire control of the unionsquarepartnership.org domain name, which would have only cost $9.99 at GoDaddy.com if we had bothered to register it in the first place (or so our intern tells us). This lawsuit is just one of the many ways that USP spends the dues of local, member businesses to defend the vibrancy and energy of our neighborhood.

The settlement was produced on January 20, 2009 after great expenditures on legal fees, lawyers' billable hours and, of course, the time of our Federal Court System. Durkee, an activist from Reverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping, opposes the USP plan to turn the Union Square pavilion into an upscale restaurant. In our lawsuit, we alleged that the parody site she created infringes on the look, feel — and grandeur — of our site. Let all satirists beware that, as a public-private partnership, USP will do whatever it takes to spend other people's money in the defense of corporate interests.

crypto market With the help of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-counsel Mayer Brown LLP and Gross & Belsky LLP, Durkee and her rabble contested the lawsuit, suggesting that it was an attempt to "limit First Amendment freedoms in virtual space as ruthlessly as [we] do in the park itself."


Admittedly, Activists Do Pretty Good Job

top: our original site
bottom: the parody site
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trading cryptocurrency But as a Business Improvement District, the hardworking people of USP know that some things must be decided *for* the public in order to maintain the maximum number of retail options, fine dining establishments, and market-rate square footage. USP Executive Director Jennifer Falk learned that working for Mayor Mike Bloomberg's office, just two years ago.

Per the settlement, Durkee will maintain some sort of gauche, barely intelligible "spoof" site because apparently we don't own the entire Internet, yet. But New Yorkers should not worry as there is only one Unions Square Partnership, just as there is only one Union Square...and it's ours.

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Union Square holiday markets crowd out public space to make room for profit
This winter in Union Square, perhaps you felt like the holiday market took up more space than last year. Well you aren't imagining it! In 2008 citizens of New York experienced greater encroachment into public space by private ventures in historic Union Square than *any* other park! Our dedication to monetizing Union Square makes USP one of the leading advocates of the mall-ification of our city's resources. Here's to unfettered growth!
 
Teen Steppers Carouse For Union Sq.
USP would like to take a moment to apologize for the October 23, 2008 unlicensed and entirely free gathering of park lovers, activists, citizens, and quaint politicians on the south side of the Square. Upset about the privatization of what they claim is one of our nation's historic landmarks, these citizens rallied and made an annoying racket without spending any money at all. USP deeply regrets a moment of weakness when we couldn't help dirty dancing to the beats of 'The Approaching Storm', the sizzling hot teen stepper club out of Brooklyn.


Intruders! Seize Them! Infiltrators At USP Gala
The USP celebrated its annual Harvest in the Square gala on October 16, 2008. That evening, "activists" protested with bullhorns, banging pots and pans. Meanwhile, inside the gala, NYU Media Professor Mark Read and artist Marisa Jahn entered with tickets they legitimately purchased. In a shocking upset of market forces, Read commandeered the microphone midway through the gala and began indicting USP for "stealing" the "history" which his ancestors and himself have fought to keep as "public place". Our security guards shuffled Read away from microphone. Read and Jahn are now demanding a refund on their tickets.
Community Still Yelling
"Activists" continue to recite the First Amendment inside our vibrant and diverse construction site, hoping to reclaim it as a public gathering place, playspace, and significant significant site in the US social movement. Suckers!
Greenmarket squeezed within inch of life
Greenmarkets traditionally support local, small-scale agriculture and promote an 'artisinal' sensibility. But Union Square's greenmarket enables the urban blight of "public space" and drives down the profits of corporations like Whole Foods, who happens to sit on our Board of Directors. Therefore, USP must adjust our support of the greenmarket in that now we must destroy it, inch by inch.
 
We Regret Purging Your Plant Life
In response to the hundreds of agitated citizens who claim they love trees and other "living things", USP must admit that perhaps we should have explored alternatives to ripping out the 80 year old elm trees from the north side of Union Square. USP thought that planting new, young trees (the best our members' dues could buy) would be equivalent to the elm trees, until citizens pointed out that people have a sense of belonging when surrounded by nature older than themselves. As USP inhabits a soulless, gray realm of interchangeable entities that only possess value on a spreadsheet, you can understand our error.
Parody is Still Fair Use Last We Checked
Techdirt.com — 11/20/08 by Mike Masnick

EFF Defends RIghts of Parody Site Creator
12/18/08 — Mediapost.com by Wendy Davis

Digital Crossroads 2009
Radioactivegavin.com

Union Sq. Spoof Prompts Suit
Metro NY — 10/10/08 by Patrick Arden

Union Square News Roundup
Blerg-blog.com

Union Square Partnership Sues Leader of “Stop Shopping Church” Over Website Parody
10/10/08 — Hermenautic Circle Blog by ason Grote

Activists prank Union Square Partnership over pavilion restaurant
7/3/08 — The Real Deal by Jane C. Timm



LINKS

Union Square Not For Sale

Reverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping

Electronic Frontier Foundation

WE Are Union Square.org


UnionSquarePartnershipSucks


 

 



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