I stumbled across this story over at Boingboing. Blogger Scott Beale at Laughing Squid got himself in hot water with Best Buy’s lawyers for posting on a parody shirt. The shirt, shown above, features the ‘likeness’ of the Best Buy logo tag. Scott received a cease and desist letter for merely posting on someone elses shirt. Seriously. You can read the letter on his site. Best Buy lawyers initially claimed he was ‘promoting’ the shirt, which they deemed to be an infringement upon their copyright and trademarks. Fortunately after a little back and forth their lawyers issued an apology to Scott stating that while they object to the unauthorized use of their logo, they ‘respect the First amendment rights’ of bloggers.
A revised version of the shirt is for sale at Neighborhoodies. It looks like they’ve removed the yellow color on the tag – likely to keep themselves out of further legal trouble. $5.99. View the original Laughing Squid post and the yellow tag version of the shirt here.
Pretty lame misstep on Best Buy’s part. Regardless of issues of fair use, a cease and desist for mere reporting on an event is absolutely ridiculous. No doubt the original prank pulled off by Improv Everywhere (which featured the shirts in question) was covered by countless local newspapers and television stations. Did they receive cease and desist letters for reporting the news? Somehow I don’t think so.
Hey, quick note for any of our regular readers – or new readers who like quick notes – I’ve got an inbox full of great sites that fans and shop owners have been sending in. I’m just a little slow on the output. Have no fear, I’ll get to everyone – and please keep them coming!
Skill t-shirts are all the rage. Nazi’s, not so much. Miami based Orange Clothing Company recently created t-shirt artwork for mega-chain Walmart. Unfortunately it turns out the skull and crossbones art was actually an insignia used by a division of the Nazi Waffen SS. It’s known as Death’s Head or Totenkopf. The shirt made for Wal-Marts’ private label No Boundaries hit the shelves before the mistake was discovered. Wal-Mart has since pulled the Nazi shirts and is investigating the origins of the design. Source.
Many thanks to our T-Shirt Watch readers who have send in shirt suggestions. We try as we can to do a review or write up on the shops that send us shirt links, but we can’t always keep up. So in an effort not to leave anyone in the cold we pass on a few more links today. Have fun browsing and keep the shirt suggestions coming. Thanks.
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Pop culture and current events help drive t-shirt design and fashion. Online stores such as CafePress allow users to create and sell designs overnight, which means timely response to current news – be it politically slanted or related to pop culture icons, movies and music. T-shirts end up being an accepted form of social commentary. People can state views and opinions on a t-shirt that they would never otherwise say to a perfect stranger. Shirt slogans can tip your political hand or just provide some comic relief.
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