Tuesday, January 13, 2009

This is why everyone hates lawyers

I realize that when you've got a successful brand, it's in your interest to protect it, but this is really lame:
"American Idol" wants an Austin strip club to take it off. The company that owns the popular television show sued in federal court to stop the weekly "Stripper Idol" contest at Palazio Men's Club. FremantleMedia North America also wants to seize Palazio's profits from the amateur stripping contest.

In its lawsuit against Palazio, FremantleMedia calls "Stripper Idol" a trademark violation that could mislead the public to think the TV show sponsors the event, The Dallas Morning News reported in Tuesday editions.

Advertisements for the stripping contest use a logo with a "color scheme, design and font" similar to the TV show's. Waitresses at the club also wear T-shirts emblazoned with the logo, according to the lawsuit.

"Defendants are infringing upon FremantleMedia's trademark rights," the suit alleges. "There is a substantial likelihood that consumers will be confused, misled or deceived as to the sponsorship ... of the defendants' stripper talent contest."
The only people who would conceivably be convinced that American Idol endorsed some stripper contest would be idiots. You know, the kind of people who would believe that a beautiful woman who they're paying to get nude might actually be interested in them. Oh, wait...they might have a point...

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