Gee. wonder what they will say when RICK opens James Bond Gentlemen's Club?
Wait ... Maybe Sony is sleeping okay. Bubba Gump's Shrimp Company could be a big problem for RICKY BOBBY.
By the way, RICK does have one good defense ... there's one little thing that has to keep Sony up at night. Now, Sony is probably thinking RICK doesn't have the money to fight it, but you know RICK ... THEY WILL PROBABLY BATTLE ON WITH SHAREHOLDERS' MONEY!
Exactly. Such as Smith is a proper name and you could have Smith's Bar. However, if you call it Mr. and Mrs. Smith's bar with pictures of Brad and Angelina and guns on the wall, that won't fly.
Then you have parody, which Vivid no doubt understands. Parody has to have some artistic element. If SNL wants to have a skit about Ricky Bobby, that's okay. No doubt parody is a huge exception in trademark law, but again it has to some literary or artistic merit ... it can't be purely commercial.
Odds are Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. and Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc. have a better understanding of trademark law than RICK ... don't you think?
"With the movie being trademarked and all, they can't use direct quotes or anything from the movie, he says. But since proper names can't be trademarked, they used it."
Little exception called likelihood of confusion ... yeah, I would think it's Will Farrell's restaurant or has something to do with his movie. Wouldn't you?
Only question now is whether Columbia/Sony will want damages or settle for a name change and repaint job on the car? You know they sent a few cease and desist letters before filing suit, so they are probably mad by now. Also, looks like no possibility of RICK cutting a deal to license the name. So you are looking at who knows what in money damages plus legal fees; but definitely some kind of impairment write-off is coming. So there go your GAAP earnings!
Aha ... it's all probably the result of Blue going on the Sony Message Board and asking about it ... you know, what about "James Bond Gentlemen's Club" and all that?
In U.S., Staples closing 225 stores .... there is also a billion sq. st. of unrented space ... Hampton Roads no dif.
But for how long? Went in to get two to-go items ... spent $14 ... left with two little empty boxes.
how much is it going to cost to prove it? This looks like a U.S. Supreme Court case.
If one follows the CFPB theory, they would have jurisdiction over just about every business in the U.S. except those specifically omitted by statute. E.g., you hire a kid to babysit; you don't have cash in your wallet when you get home and tell her "I'll pay you tomorrow." That's an extension of credit ... Bingo!