World War II meme goes viral

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by KENS5.com

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Posted on May 14, 2013 at 8:20 AM

ALNWICK, England -- A battle is brewing over the phrase "Keep Calm and Carry On."

Back in 2000, a British bookshop owner and his wife stumbled upon a propaganda poster from World War II with the now famous words on it.

Soon after they displayed it, people started buying copies, and the "Keep Calm and Carry On" frenzy took off internationally.

Recently, a British businessman set up a website and trademarked the phrase. He gave credit to the shop owners, but he said if he hadn't trademarked the phrase, someone else would have.

The couple on the other hand, thinks the phrase is similar to "have a nice day" and should belong to everyone.

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