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Conrad Banana Lady Case Posner 7th Circuit

Conrad Banana Lady Case Posner 7th Circuit

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In the
United States Court of Appeals
For the Seventh Circuit
____________________
 
No.
 
13
2899
 
C
ATHERINE
 
C
ONRAD
 ,
 
Plaintiff 
 Appellant
 ,
 
v.
 
AM
 
C
OMMUNITY
 
C
REDIT
 
U
NION
 ,
 
et
 
al
.,
 
Defendants
 Appellees
.
 
____________________
 
Appeal
 
from
 
the
 
United
 
States
 
District
 
Court
 
for
 
the
 
Western
 
District
 
of
 
Wisconsin.
 
No.
 
3:13
cv
00461
 bbc
 
 
Barbara
 
B.
 
Crabb
 ,
 
 Judge
.
 
____________________
 
S
UBMITTED
 
M
ARCH
 
19,
 
2014
 
 
D
ECIDED
 
A
PRIL
 
14,
 
2014
 
____________________
 
Before
 
P
OSNER
 ,
 
K
ANNE
 ,
 
and
 
T
INDER
 ,
 
Circuit
 
 Judges
.
 
P
OSNER
 ,
 
Circuit
 
 Judge
.
 
Catherine
 
Conrad,
 
the
 
plaintiff,
 
is
 
a
 
self
employed
 
singing
 
and
 
dancing
 
entertainer
 
(also
 
a
 
writer
 
and
 
motivational
 
speaker,
 
see
 
“Bananaland,”
 
www. bananalady.com/about.htm,
 
visited
 
on
 
April
 
10,
 
2014,
 
as
 
were
 
the
 
other
 
websites
 
cited
 
in
 
this
 
opinion).
 
She
 
calls
 
her
self
 
the
 
“Banana
 
Lady”
 
and
 
performs
 
wearing
 
a
 
costume
 
in
 
the
 
shape
 
of
 
a
 
giant
 
 banana.
 
You
 
can
 
watch
 
her
 
dancing
 
the
 
“Banana
 
Shake”
 
on
 
YouTube,
 
www.youtube.com/watch?
Case: 13-2899 Document: 25 Filed: 04/14/2014 Pages: 8
 
2
 
No.
 
13
2899
 
v=DG
QJWW6w5c.
 
Here
 
is
 
a
 
still
 
photo,
 
which
 
is
 
in
 
the
 
rec
ord,
 
of
 
her
 
performing
 
in
 
her
 
costume.
 
Proceeding
 
pro
 
se,
 
Conrad
 
has
 
sued
 
several
 
credit
 
unions
 
in
 
this
 
case,
 
together
 
with
 
a
 
trade
 
association
 
of
 
credit
 
unions
 
and
 
employees
 
of
 
the
 
institutional
 
defendants,
 
charging
 
a
 
variety
 
of
 
infringements
 
of
 
her
 
intellectual
 
property
 
rights.
 
The
 
district
 
 judge
 
granted
 
the
 
defendants’
 
motion
 
to
 
dismiss
 
the
 
case.
 
She
 
noted
 
that
 
most
 
of
 
Conrad’s
 
claims
 
were
 
pre
Case: 13-2899 Document: 25 Filed: 04/14/2014 Pages: 8
 
No.
 
13
2899
 
3
 
cluded
 
 by
 
an
 
earlier
 
suit
 
that
 
she’d
 
filed
 
and
 
lost
 
in
 
a
 
Wis
consin
 
state
 
court—and
 
 just
 
last
 
month
 
the
 
dismissal
 
of
 
her
 
claims
 
in
 
that
 
suit
 
was
 
affirmed.
 
Rigsby
 
v.
 
 AM
 
Community
 
Credit
 
Union
 ,
 
2014
 
WL
 
1059048
 
(Wis.
 
App.
 
March
 
20,
 
2014)
 
(per
 
curiam).
 
That
 
left
 
 just
 
the
 
claim
 
of
 
copyright
 
infringe
ment,
 
over
 
which
 
federal
 
courts
 
have
 
exclusive
 
 jurisdiction
 
 but
 
which
 
the
 
district
 
 judge
 
dismissed
 
on
 
the
 
ground
 
that
 
the
 
claim
 
had
 
no
 
merit.
 
The
 
defendants
 
had
 
hired
 
Conrad
 
to
 
perform
 
a
 
“singing
 
telegram”
 
at
 
a
 
credit
 
union
 
trade
 
association
 
event.
 
“Singing
 
telegrams
 
are
 
a
 
hilarious
 
way
 
to
 
send
 
a
 
message
 
that
 
is
 
a
 
lot
 
more
 
fun
 
than
 
sending
 
a
 
fax,
 
email,
 
instant
 
message
 
or
 
greet
ing
 
card.
 
Services
 
that
 
provide
 
these
 
telegrams
 
will
 
 be
 
happy
 
to
 
send
 
someone
 
over
 
to
 
sing,
 
dance,
 
or
 
act
 
out
 
your
 
mes
sage
 
to
 
the
 
recipient.
 
They’ll
 
even
 
dress
 
up
 
to
 
do
 
it,
 
in
 
any
thing
 
from
 
a
 
tuxedo
 
and
 
top
 
hat
 
to
 
a
 
gorilla
 
suit!
 
Singing
 
tel
egrams
 
spread
 
cheer
 
 by
 
 bringing
 
laughs
 
into
 
the
 
workplace,
 
home,
 
public
 
engagement,
 
or
 
party.
 
You
 
can
 
hire
 
‘Marilyn
 
Monroe’
 
to
 
sing
 
Happy
 
Birthday
 
to
 
your
 
 boss,
 
or
 
‘Elvis’
 
to
 
sing
 
 All
 
Shook
 
Up
 
to
 
your
 
wife
 
on
 
your
 
10th
 
anniversary!”
 
“What
 
Are
 
Singing
 
Telegrams?,”
 
wiseGEEK 
 ,
 
www.wisegeek.com/what
are
singing
telegrams.htm.
 
Conrad
 
alleges
 
(and
 
for
 
purposes
 
of
 
the
 
appeal
 
we
 
take
 
her
 
factual
 
allegations
 
to
 
 be
 
true)
 
that
 
she
 
told
 
the
 
arrangers
 
(who
 
are
 
the
 
principal
 
individual
 
defendants)
 
that
 
members
 
of
 
the
 
audience
 
were
 
not
 
to
 
take
 
photos
 
or
 
videos
 
of
 
her
 
per
formance
 
except
 
for
 
their
 
“personal
 
use,”
 
which
 
she
 
 believes,
 
somewhat
 
implausibly,
 
excludes
 
posting
 
any
 
of
 
the
 
photos
 
on
 
the
 
photo
 
taker’s
 
Facebook
 
page.
 
She
 
further
 
alleges
 
that
 
the
 
arrangers
 
failed
 
to
 
inform
 
the
 
audience
 
of
 
the
 
limitation
 
to
 
personal
 
use
 
until
 
her
 
performance
 
had
 
ended,
 
and
 
that
 
Case: 13-2899 Document: 25 Filed: 04/14/2014 Pages: 8

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