The Democratic National Committee launched an anti-Donald Trump advertising campaign in which it used a Donald Duck mascot to claim the Donald was “ducking” on releasing his tax returns.  In the article, Gerben Law Firm’s Josh Gerben told the Wall Street Journal that the Democratic National Committee’s use of the Donald Duck mascot likely violated copyright and trademark laws.

Josh Gerben was quoted by the Wall Street Journal about the DNC’s use of “Donald Ducks” an anti-Trump mascot dressed as Disney’s Donald Duck.


U.S. trademark law prevents use of a registered trademark to create a false association with the owner of the trademark

Gerben said.

In this instance, if a reasonable consumer would believe that Disney had authorized use of the DONALD DUCK trademark to launch a political attack on Donald Trump, then there would be trademark infringement.