Greta™ Plans to Trademark Her Name, ‘Fridays For Future’ Because People Keep Using It Without Permission. How Dare You!
Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg announced on Instagram she is planning on trademarking her name, and the phrases, “Fridays for Future,” and “Skolstrejk för klimatet,” (school strike for climate - in Swedish), a movement she founded in 2018.
Thunberg complained her name and the “FridaysForFuture movement are constantly being used for commercial purposes without” her permission. The Swedish teen thinks people are “trying to impersonate” her or “falsely claim” they represent her in order to open doors for communications with high profile celebrities, politicians, media, artists, and others.”
“This action is to protect the movement and its activities. It is also needed to enable my pro bono legal help to take necessary action against people or corporations etc who are trying to use me and the movement in purposes not in line with what the movement stands for,” Thunberg added.
Thunberg and her family plan on starting a non-profit foundation for “handling money (book royalties, donations, prize money) in a completely transparent way.”
Thunberg was named Time’s “Person of the Year” last December, and is the youngest individual to get recognition from the publisher.
Last month, the teen’s Facebook page was affected by a glitch which revealed her father, Svante Thunberg, and climate change crisis activist, Adarsh Prathap, were both writing her social media posts. But Thunberg maintains she writes all of her own content.
Thunberg spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week, telling world leaders to “immediately end fossil fuel subsidies” now.
“Our house is still on fire. Your inaction is fueling the flames by the hour,” Thunberg warned. “We are still telling you to panic, and to act as if you loved your children above all else.”
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Impostors, trademarks, commercial interests, royalties and foundation... First: Unfortunately there are still people who are trying to impersonate me or falsely claim that they "represent" me in order to communicate with high profile people, politicians, media, artists etc. Please be aware that this is happening and be extremely suspicious if you are contacted by ”me” or someone saying they ”represent” me. I apologize to anyone who has been contacted - and even misled - by this kind of behavior. Second: My name and the #FridaysForFuture movement are constantly being used for commercial purposes without any consent whatsoever. It happens for instance in marketing, selling of products and people collecting money in my and the movement’s name. That is why I’ve applied to register my name, Fridays For Future, Skolstrejk för klimatet etc as trademarks. This action is to protect the movement and its activities. It is also needed to enable my pro bono legal help to take necessary action against people or corporations etc who are trying to use me and the movement in purposes not in line with what the movement stands for. I assure you, I and the other school strikers have absolutely no interests in trademarks. But unfortunately it needs to be done. Fridays For Future is a global movement founded by me. It belongs to anyone taking part in it, above all the young people. It can - and must - not be used for individual or commercial purposes. And third: together with my family I’m setting up a foundation. It’s already registered and existing, but it not is not yet up and running. This is strictly nonprofit of course and there are no interests in philanthropy. It is just something that is needed for handling money (book royalties, donations, prize money etc) in a completely transparent way. For instance, taxes have to be paid before we can give them away to specified purposes and charities. This takes a lot of time and work, and when the foundation is fully up and running I will tell you more. The foundation’s aim will be to promote ecological, climatic and social sustainability as well as mental health. Love/ Greta