First published on May 30, 2014 in Watchdog Wire –
Yelm-based cult leader JZ Knight sued Glen Morgan and the Freedom Foundation last year in federal court for copyright infringement, claiming property rights over video clips of Knight making bigoted and racist remarks at her “Ramtha School of Enlightenment.”
Ironically, JZ Knight urges her followers to put her remarks from the same event on YouTube, as show in this video:
Here is one of the video clips Morgan gave the Commissioners–JZ Knight discussing her views on Mexicans.
Warning-profanity and bigotry.
About Jews, Knight stated in 2011, “F-ck God’s chosen people! I think they have earned enough cash to have paid their way out of the g-ddamned gas chambers by now,” as shown in this video clip.
Warning–profanity and bigotry.
Knight also verbally abused her longtime follower, movie star Linda “Lady Star” Evans, for turning to a “f-cking Jew” for financial advice as shown in this video.
Warning-profanity, bigotry, and vulgar behavior.
In response to critics of Knight’s bigoted words, Thurston County Democratic Party chairman Roger Erskine stated “JZ Knight is a very good strong Democrat, and she totally supports our platform and our goals, and I think that’s good enough.”
In 2014, JZ Knight recently re-entered the political world when she donated $65,000 to the Thurston County Democrats. Knight had been under fire since 2012 when videos emerged of her making hateful comments about Catholics, Mexicans, Jews, gays, and other groups.
Knight dropped her case against Morgan a year later without ever providing any proof of copyright. She never even produced a copy of the video she claims to own.
JZ Knight Infringes on Nike trademark
Ironically, JZ Knight has infringed on the property rights of a mighty corporation, with no apparent concern.
Videos from 2011 and 2012 events at Knight’s Ramtha School of Enlightenment (RSE) show a large Just Do It! banner inside the RSE arena. JZ Knight was the chief performer at these events.
Former RSE customers have stated that the banner has been in the RSE arena for at least twenty years.
These former customers asked to remain anonymous. They fear being sued for breaking the secrecy contract that JZ Knight requires all of her customers to sign before attending RSE events.
Nike’s Famous Trademark
Nike Inc. registered their Just Do It trademark in 1989. Just Do It was declared a “famous” trademark in 2011 by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, strengthening Nike’s claims against infringement.
Nike’s website states that “Nike does not grant permission to use or modify our trademarks, logos, images, advertising or similar materials.”
Nike reiterated that policy in a January 23 email from their corporate headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
U.S. Code 15 Section 1114 prohibits unauthorized trademark use that “is likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive.”
Note to readers – JZ Knight repeatedly orders internet hosts to take down her videos, claiming property rights over an unregistered copyright and claiming ownership of videos when she refuses to produce even one single copy in court.