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No Clout for Ted Klaudt

Ted Klaudt, a former member of the South Dakota House of Representatives best known for sponsoring legislation that’s tough on sex offenders, is in prison after being sentenced to 44 years for raping his own foster daughters, plus 10 years for witness tampering. From prison, Ted Klaudt sent a “Common Law Copyright Notice” to area newspapers and the Associated Press, which he claims protects his name, Ted Klaudt, from being used in news stories, and the media cannot run stories using his name, Ted Klaudt, without his permission. Unauthorized use of the name Ted Klaudt, he says, will subject the news outlet to a $500,000 penalty. Unfortunately for Ted Klaudt, names cannot be copyrighted. (RC/Sioux Falls Argus Leader) ...Isn’t that just so, so sad for Ted Klaudt?
Original Publication Date: 10 January 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 16.
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