Tuesday, August 30, 2005

50 Cent lets his attorneys settle his trademark beef these days

This is classic material straight from The Smoking Gun:

Back in the day when young drug dealer 50 Cent had a beef, he'd settle it gangsta style. But the old days are long gone and now rapper Curtis Jackson has trademark attorneys do his dirty work for him. In the below complaint filed Friday in Pennsylvania federal court, 50 accuses a Philadelphia area car dealer of using a newspaper ad with a picture of him and the tagline "JUST LIKE 50 SAYS!" to shill Dodge Magnums. The 30-year-old artist, who is described in the filing as "known for his good looks, 'gangsta' image and hard knocks success story" is seeking more than $1 million for the trademark hijacking.
Via Likelihood of Confusion.


Blogger William Levin said...

Speaking of 50 Cent and IP issues, I recently produced a short Flash cartoon animation which is a spoof of 50 Cent's "In da' Club" song:

Seda' Club

The cartoon was widely circulated a few months ago. I composed the music and lyrics, obviously based on 50 Cent's song, and the rapper cartoon character is based on the image of 50 Cent.

Would this be considered a parody or a satire, or both? What if I wanted to sell copies of the song? Or copies of the video? Or merchandise with images from the cartoon? Would I be safe under the protection of parody laws, or would I get sued (or both)?

Thank you for your blog,

William (a.k.a Ben Baruch, my pen name for ShaBot6000.com)

8/30/2005 11:28 PM  

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